Meet Stout Systems

Stout Systems was founded in 1997 by John W. Stout. Yes, Stout is his name and not something fun like a beer reference.
An expert software engineer himself, John also had a unique ability to spot talent in individuals. A company that relies on human intelligence in everything it does is only as good as the humans who comprise it. So it's a good thing he could.
Our team is composed of software industry veterans with decades of experience. At the core of our team you’ll find expert software developers and engineers whose experience solving tough technology problems informs everything we do. The same could be said for our recruiting team. 
We take pride in our ability to solve problems for our customers.

Our Team

We cultivate a productive and creative work environment so our team is not afraid to take risks and “break rules.” In fact, each member of our team has defied the boundaries set within their respective titles and job responsibilities all the while maintaining the core principles that Stout was founded on. 

After all, a company that relies on human intelligence in everything it does is only as good as the humans who comprise it.
Natalie Scruggs

Natalie Scruggs

Staffing Specialist
Brian Skory

Brian Skory

Tech Talent Manager

Priya Mani

Tech Talent Specialist
Samantha Ogletree

Samantha Ogletree

Marketing and Media Manager
Karen DeLuca

Karen DeLuca

Chris Molo

Chris Mollo

Technical Screener
Jan Hazekamp

Jan Hazekamp

Technical Screener
Tom Groszko

Tom Groszko

SQL Server DBA
Rod Lambert

Rod Lambert

Senior Software Engineer


Another way to get to know more about a custom software development company is through its customers.

We can’t tell you the names of all of the companies we have done custom software development projects for because of confidentiality agreements.

But here are a few of the companies Stout has worked with over the past 20 years.

AATACarharttCFI GroupConlin TravelDiafukuData Net Quality SystemsDenisonDominosDrew TechnologiesETASFederal APDfiservFordGSIGTJGuardian GlassHarmanHatterasHardwood Solutions, INCImpattoinforinvicaraKaiser Optical Systems, INCL3 TechnologiesMichigan AerospaceMorpaceNovo DynamicsODVAPerceptronQuantum SignalSamsungSensorsSiemensTech SmithDwyer GroupTruven Health AnalyticsUniversity Of MichiganVisteonWintellect

Our Heritage - John W. Stout

John W. Stout (1957-2017) was an artist, software developer, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

John Stout’s early passions were for music and the arts. By age 15, encouraged by his high school band director, he wrote large scale works for band and orchestra. At age 21, he began to publish his music with commercial publishers—composing and arranging more than 500 works for bands and orchestras as well as film and television scores. John was the recipient of a number of grants, awards, and commissions from performing groups that ranged from K-12 to university bands and orchestras as well as professional ensembles including the Boston Pops Orchestra. John’s arrangements were the cornerstone of the Michigan Marching Band’s halftime performances for over 41 years.

John first explored the world of software using the University of Michigan School of Music’s PLATO system. Highlights of his early career in software include his participation in creating the award winning Video Voice, an early ’80s computer game that assisted deaf people to learn to speak more clearly, and his work at the U-M Space Physics Research lab creating software for a weather satellite that eventually flew on the space shuttle. 

John founded Stout Systems in 1997. As a successful software developer, John made the mistake of trying to tell people, "Hey, we don’t have to do things the same way we’ve been doing them…for decades…getting the same results." Trying to break rules in a moribund corporate culture was not a successful strategy for staying employed. So why not form a new company? After all, when you’re your own boss, nobody can fire you.
During his tenure at the helm of Stout Systems, the company grew into an award-winning corporation that provided expert level software, web and embedded systems development consulting and staffing services. Some of the projects he led still look pretty cool. John was named the “Overall Winner” of Corp! Magazine’s 2013 “Entrepreneurs of Distinction” award.

Before John passed away in April, 2017, he passed the leadership of the company to his long time colleagues Peg Bogema and Dave Sweeton.

Community Engagement

Stout Systems participates in industry events, presents at conferences, and sponsors local groups and organizations.
Lawrence Technological University
NAWBO Detroit Member

Company at a Glance

Here are some company analytics and business keywords that describe Stout Systems.

Stout Systems is privately held, incorporated in 1997, majority woman owned. Our Headquarters are in Ann Arbor, MI. Since 1997, Stout Systems has connected over 400 computer professionals with jobs and contracts and supported over 200 clients.

We work with a wide variety of companies. At the top of the list (at 19%) are companies in Science, Engineering, IoT and Robotics. Close behind at 17% are companies in Custom and Commercial Software Development.

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Our revenue is divided between our three service lines, Staffing, Custom Software Development and Direct-Hire Recruiting.
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NAICS Codes: 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, 541512 Computer Systems Design Services, 541 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, 541511 Custom Computer Programming Services, 561 Administrative and Support Services, 561311 Employment Placement Agencies

Our Primary SIC code is 73 Services, 7371 Computer Programming Services. Another relevant SIC code is 73 Services, 7361 Employment Agencies.
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