About Mike

During the past 30 years, many people have been referred to me seeking
help in job and career searches, resumes, interviewing, networking,
references, cover letters, negotiating offers, how to quit their jobs, and
more. Through 2005, I did this as an avocation. Then I decided to follow
one suggestion I mention to people exploring a new career - find out what
you love to do, and do it! I love to help people realize their potential.

My calling was ignited when one of my sons graduated from college in 1989. Arthur Levitt, later appointed 25th Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, spoke at the commencement. He described an emerging trend in the workplace: people would have four, five, or more, careers - not jobs, but careers!  Levitt suggested learning and expertise in one job or career is often transferable to others.  I've never forgotten his words.

At church four years ago, our pastor asked Mal White and me to help parishioners discern how to participate in one of over a 100 ministries.  Many had told the pastor that "I want to help, but I just don't know what I'm good at, or what I really want to do." Mal and I met with Karen Tax and Karol Eller, who gave us a model they used at another church with similar needs. The model offered a process for people to identify their strengths, values and motivations. We adapted it, conducted a workshop and 50 people came. They loved it - many stayed to thank us. 

Since moving to Carrboro, NC in 1992, I've recruited, judged college students participating in Students In Free Enterprise [SIFE] competitions, and in presentations at Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC-CH and Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management, and led workshops at the Fuqua School of Business. With Randy Morris, I co-founded a ministry at St. Thomas More in Chapel Hill to help people needing career and job search counsel.

My earlier business career included consulting, strategic planning, agency search, advertising / public relations / communications, and creating and developing new products.  I've developed relationships with numerous people in an extensive variety of industries and companies.

As SVP/Partner with ABA Consulting, 1999-2006, I obtained assignments from RBC Centura, GlaxoSmithKline, Unisys, Western Union, Schering-Plough, Midway Airlines, Pella Windows and The American Red Cross.  Earlier, as Managing Director of HM&P Consulting in Raleigh, 1992-1999, I generated and led assignments from IBM, Black & Decker and Mead Johnson, and recruited several managers. Prior, with JL&A in Westport, CT, 1984-1992, I generated marketing strategy and new products work for Maxwell House, ConAgra, Burger King, and Johnson & Johnson.  Previously, I held management positions with All Brand Importers in New York, NY, McCormick-Schilling in Baltimore, MD, and J. Walter Thompson and D'Arcy Advertising agencies in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO.

My business career began with classic management training at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, after earning an MBA and a BS in Economics and Foreign Trade from the University of Detroit.

I love being a grandfather. And I've entered NPR Puzzles for over 15 years [I'm still waiting to be called], do crossword puzzles in ink, Sudoku online, enjoy watching sunsets - especially on the porch at Maple View Ice Cream store, and follow many sports, especially hockey and baseball. I play at golf, and have gotten pretty good at washers.  I'm blessed - and truly happy!

I am deeply appreciative of the support and encouragement many have extended.  I personally thank Demos Orphanides for his help in Web design and development; Carl Granath who created the cartoons on this site; Valerie Komives, Steve Orton, David Laszlo and Stephen Komives for their insightful suggestions; Malcolm White, Randy Morris, Karen Tax, Karol Eller, Fr. John Durbin, Mike Ganey, Chris Ng Cashin, Reji Puthenveetil, and David Herzbrun for their guidance and counsel; my children and their families; my grandchildren; and most especially Gail, my wife and guiding light.