Mike is an expert in Business Finance and Business Operations. Very knowledgeable in Internet Based Business Strategy and Planning. He has a 40 yr history of being both a teacher of, and a successful practitioner of, the art and science of entrepreneurship.
Education: BS in marketing from Seattle University, graduate work in finance and communications, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from Boston College and the SBA.
SBA Experience: Ten years as director of Business Development for the SBA in Anchorage Alaska. Youngest winner of the SBA’s national gold medal for excellence in service to the Nations small business owners. Developer of innovative educational programs that helped take the Anchorage office of the SBA to the number one office in the country three years in a row.
Hands on successes: While in Anchorage, he was staff small business writer for the Alaska Business Monthly and founded the Alaska SBDC. He was Founder of the National Association of Internet professionals, and turnaround CEO for Com Vista consulting. Founder, writer and on camera talent for Beat the Odds Video’s: Strategies for Small Business Success. Marketing VP for the founding team of ClassMates.com (50 million plus members) the first successful social network. ClassMates.com was successfully sold to United Technologies in 2005. He is Co-founder of RedWeek.com (2.0 million plus members) THE internet marketplace for the timeshare industry. Senior level marketing and financial and turn around experience in a number of small (to 15 million gross) closely held family owned businesses.
Teaching and Consulting: He has entrepreneurship teaching experience at the university and community college level. Past mentor for Washington CASH a non profit group helping low income women become self sufficient thru micro loans and entrepreneurship training. Mentor and Judge and speaker for DECA in Washington State. Regular speaker at the summer Washington Business week series. Third in the country for SCORE online counseling activity. Speaker at the University of Washington and Seattle University entrepreneurship centers.
Boards and other hobbies: Past national SBA/SBDC advisory board member. He recently finished a book manuscript entitled: Risking to Win: “Strategies for a Successful Career in Entrepreneurship”. He continues to be a confirmed Corvette nut, snowmobiler, and fisherman. Recent graduate of Ron Fellows phase one Corvette racing school. Is currently semi retired and living in Leavenworth, Washington.