Michael is a champion of Advance’s inclusion and diversity agenda and is the National Leadership Chair of Advance Pride & Allies, a team member network fostering visibility, growth, and inclusion of LGBTQ team members and customers. Michael is also an executive coach for the Advance Officer Development (AOD) program.
Michael is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of NAEM. Michael has been an NAEM member since 1997 and attended his first Forum in 1998. Michael has been a facilitator and speaker at several NAEM Forums as well as other safety, risk, environmental, and sustainability industry conferences.
Prior to AAP, Michael was Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety for Dean Foods Company for 6 years. Prior to Dean Foods, Michael was the Director of Risk Management at Apex Tool Group overseeing all Risk Management, EHS, and Product Liability. Prior to the creation of Apex Tool Group, Michael was a Global Director of EHS for Danaher Corporation. Earlier in his career Michael spent several years at Textron in EHS roles of progressively increasing responsibility. Michael started his EHS career in college working at Texas Instruments.
Michael is a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, MA with a degree in Environmental Science & Policy. Michael attended Columbia University conducting climate change research at the Biosphere 2 Center in Oracle, Arizona. Michael completed post-graduate work at Clark University in Environmental Risk Management and Bryant University in Smithfield, RI where he studied Project and Program Management. Michael is a certified project manager and Six Sigma Green Belt. Michael has extensive training in lean, environmental remediation, sustainability, process safety management, risk management, and behavior-based safety.
Michael — originally a native New Englander — and his husband, James, now call the North Hills area of Raleigh home. Michael enjoys skiing, traveling, and spending time with family in Florida and Germany.