Originally from the middle of the Mitten, Michael grew up and attended high school in Okemos, MI. He moved to Grand Rapids to attend Grand Valley State where he stayed for both undergrad (Business, Math, Physics) and Grad school (MBA). During the end of his college career, Michael and two friends cofounded the startup Soletics, a medical device company focused on sufferers of Raynoud’s Disease.
Along with his CEO status at Soletics, Michael joined the Iserv team to in June 2016 as Senior Account Executive. Michael acts as the touch point for any sales related questions or issues for major accounts and builds targeted sales campaigns to attract future customers.
Q & A
1. How did your childhood prepare you for your job today? “My parents used to entertain a lot when I was a kid, so I learned at an early age how to interact with people. I also (like most kids) had a bunch of little businesses like lawn mowing, yard care, etc that helped with selling myself.”
2. What’s your favorite piece of clothing you own/owned? “Off the top of my mind, probably a T-shirt from Hamburg, Germany. I was there when Germany hosted the world cup in 2006 and wore that shirt all the time. Reminds me of how much fun I had over there that summer.”
3. Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to? “Above and Beyond”
4. Who or where would you haunt if you were a ghost? “Probably the O’Hare airport. The people watching would be incredible.”
5. Lightning round:
– Favorite food? Pizza
– Favorite color? Indigo
– Nickname? Kurley
– Favorite movie? Happy Gilmore
– Favorite vegetable? Green Beans
6. What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years? “Self-driving and autonomous cars.”
7. How has your experience as an entrepreneur helped you connect with people in sales? “Entrepreneurship is all about selling yourself and defining how what you are doing is of value to other people. Across the board, it’s selling a vision for the future, and one needs to get creative in how to pitch something that might not exist yet. Running a startup has taught me invaluable experience in how to connect with people and articulate the value of what I’m trying to sell.”