A talented investigator and thoughtful problem solver, Michael’s ability to tackle challenging issues and enact substantive change has helped his clients save more than $1.4 billion collectively.
Over a decade, he worked with more than 30 of the 100 largest consumer packaged goods enterprises to evolve their marketing operations practices, using Theory of Constraints and Lean/Six Sigma methodologies to deliver tangible benefits. He has a broad-based technical background that includes research and development, engineering management, product lifecycle management, project management, and operations, as well as dynamic presentation and storytelling skills that make complex topics consumable for all audiences.
He is also an empathetic leader with a passion for developing talent—skills he used to help build and grow a 27-person global consulting and innovation team from scratch.
He joined West Monroe from SGK, where he was senior director of product innovation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial and systems engineering from the University of Minnesota.
An avid tinkerer and do-it-yourselfer, Michael is forever tending to a portfolio of projects. He loves exploring the outdoors, especially through scuba diving, mountaineering (with a dozen summits under his belt), and less conventional activities like skijoring and snowkiting. He is also a founding member and current board member of a local non-profit ski club, for which he leads equipment maintenance and trail-grooming operations.
He recently served on a core team for the SmartLabel project, a collaboration between the Consumer Brands Association and Food Industry Association that aims to improve product transparency for fast-moving consumer goods.
A captain at the Medicine Lake Fire Department, he has capitalized on a life-long passion for prehospital care and emergency management as a firefighter, medical first responder, Red Cross instructor, and frequent plasma donor (8 gallons and counting!).