Michael’s first job out of college was in a family business. Since then, he has advised, bought, sold, invested in, and researched family-owned businesses. Michael conducts family business workshops both domestically and abroad and has been a keynote speaker on numerous occasions on the opportunities and challenges of running family enterprises. As an investment banker in California, Michael worked extensively with family enterprises seeking succession and/or exit through transition (private equity) capital or sale of the business. He has published extensively on the effective management and corporate governance of family-owned businesses and is the U.S. editor of the Journal of Family Business Management. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, an M.A. from New York University, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Michael is a Results-Trained Executive Coach, having completed his certificate from the Neuroleadership Institute.
Arnie is a globally recognized business advisor, fundraiser, educator, media personality and visionary cultivator of entrepreneurs. For the past 30 years he has worked with companies from family owned ventures to multinational corporations in the Americas, Europe, Russia and China.
Arnie is particularly savvy at spotting unique opportunities and then bringing together the resources, relationships and talent necessary to add value for the future. Among a myriad of professional activities and endeavors, Arnie currently chairs the Finance and Audit Committee as a Trustee at the University of the Potomac and hosts an entrepreneurial Podcast Series produced by Montana Public Radio and published in association with National Public Radio.