In addition to Stella & Dot, Mike has been an investor and advisor in numerous other successful early-stage operating businesses, primarily with either Technology or Social Selling focus, and has led or advised companies who have experienced successful 9-figure exits selling to either strategic and financial buyers.
Before becoming an investor and advisor, Mike spent 17 years working primarily as a CEO. He directed a turnaround at Home Interiors and Gifts, Inc. a private equity-owned home décor direct sales company operating in the US, Canada, and Mexico. During his 6-years there, he successfully reversed sales declines and then grew retail revenues from $600 million to over $1 billion. Mike’s first CEO role was also a great success at Evergreen Alliance Golf Limited (EAGL). He took the CEO role at this fledgling and unprofitable golf course management business in 1992; and under his direction, EAGL grew from 6 to over 50 golf courses in 13 states. Investors earned more than 150% compound annual returns when the company was sold in 1998.
Mike’s early career included time as a consultant at Bain & Company, one of the world’s premier management consulting firms, and a Marketing Representative at Trammell Crow Company, where he was recognized as the top leasing agent in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. He earned his M.B.A from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller scholar. He received his B.A degree in economics from Brigham Young University, where he maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. and also played on the varsity golf team.