Jan Mills became personally intrigued by the health potential of dark berries while on business in Poland in 1989. It would be six years before she transformed her passion for berry health into a business: Artemis International.
Prior to starting Artemis, Jan managed or consulted in several development and business ventures worldwide. She was an economic development advisor to the German State of Saarland, and worked on USAID programs training Russian entrepreneurs. She was particularly interested in projects addressing the twin problems of emerging economies and women’s issues.
Jan began her career at General Motors, advancing through many challenging areas of management, including working with automotive and aerospace divisions to coordinate the corporate strategy for GM in India. The route from cars to berries was serendipitous, culminating in the founding of Artemis in 1995.
The Fort Wayne-based company was established on the basic premise that dark berries are good for you. Under Jan’s leadership, Artemis has become a leader in the science of dark berries, focused on providing natural, berry-based ingredients to the nutraceuticals industry. The Artemis family also includes Artemis Farms, which is focused on the commercial production of nutraceutical berries.
Jan earned her MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she attended as a General Motors Fellowship recipient. She received her undergraduate degree from General Motors Institute, where she was a Sobey Scholar, Sigma Alpha Chi, Robot Honor Society member and a GM Travelship Award winner.
Jan serves or has served on the boards of several organizations, including the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, Indiana Technology Partners, and BioCrossroads Entrepreneurial Advisory Board. She or her company has received a number of commendations, including Kettering University’s Entrepreneurial Achievement award.
In addition to her businesses, Jan enjoys scuba, skiing and high altitude climbing. She has three children, whom she considers to be her most successful projects to date.