Since co-founding SearchWide in 1999, Mike's primary focus has been to ensure that SearchWide exceeds client and candidate expectations every day. While striving to add value and develop new opportunities for SearchWide, Mike keeps the team focused on our core mission. Through his cooperative leadership style he creates a secure and productive environment for the team’s success. In addition, Mike handles “C” level searches across all sectors of business and often assists other recruiters with their assignments.
Prior to serving as president & CEO of SearchWide, Mike served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PCVB). During that time, the Philadelphia Business Journal, named him one of the city’s most successful business leaders under the age of 40. While at the PCVB, he was integral in recruiting the sales team that worked with him to attract nearly every major convention in the hospitality industry, including Meeting Professionals International (MPI), American Society of Association Executives and the 2000 Republican National Convention. Previously, Mike spent 9 years with Marriott International in various sales leadership positions in Dallas, San Antonio and Chicago. He is active in all of the industry associations and has served as chairman of the MPI Foundation’s Board of Trustees and on the Professional Convention Management Association Foundation Board.
Mike’s extensive career in the hospitality industry began when he earned a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He is based in our Stillwater, MN headquarters and resides in the win Cities area with his wife and four children.