With an undergraduate degree from Manhattan College, service in Vietnam as a Marine infantry officer, and an MBA from Columbia University, Mike began his career in New York as an advertising account executive. He moved to Washington as advertising manager of the U.S. Postal Service. He was a founding partner of Porter, Novelli; CEO of Shandwick’s Henry J. Kaufman & Associates (National Indian Gaming Association was a client); and Managing Director of Burson-Marsteller’s grassroots communications subsidiary.
In 2006, Mike was inducted into the National Capital Hall of Fame of the Public Relations Society of America. He won the Ad Club of DC’s highest award, the Silver Medal. He is a past-president of the DC Division of the American Cancer Society and was an adjunct professor of marketing at Georgetown University from 1984 through 2004. He is currently Executive-in-Residence at American University’s School of Business. He is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.