MAPA Group Firsts

  • 1994 Pioneered the crafting and launching of the “triangulated Iberoamerican Marketplace” business development practice (Iberian Peninsula, Latin and North America) in early 1994; over the next decade MAPA helped to establish U.S. operations of many important multinational companies now leading in various U.S. sectors, especially in the fields of technology and renewable energy.
  • 1998-2002 Envisioned and helped to lead a five-year mid-Atlantic regional effort to recycle and reuse end of life electronics resulting in the formation of the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER).
  • 2000 – Michael Peck is appointed as Mondragon’s first North America delegate (Mondragon Cooperative Corporation) on behalf of Mondragon International – covering the United States & Canada – and continues to serve in this capacity fifteen years later.  Subsequently, MAPA Group and Mondragon International form “Mondragon USA LLC.”  In 2014, Mondragon USA co-founds www.1worker1vote.org.
  • 2002-2011 Conceived and executed one of the first incoming overseas green economy investments resulting in a major U.S. wind energy manufacturing operation that was also the first to start building in the U.S.; first to sign and embrace an award-winning, progressive relationship with organized Labor (the United Steelworkers Union); first to transform an abandoned brownfield industrial site into a green energy manufacturing hub; first to achieve upwards of 65% USA domestic content; and the first to sign a R&D partnership with a major U.S. defense aerospace & shipbuilding prime contractor to develop and build the next generation off-shore wind turbines ‘made in the USA.’ This company with overseas origins has been characterized by the U.S. media as a “model U.S. green economy company” and since 2005 has invested over $220 million in two factories, and has created 900 in-state direct good and green jobs, plus hundreds of indirect jobs with local contractors.
  • 2004 Initiated, co-founded, situated, and led CIFAL Atlanta, a United Nations agency based in Atlanta, Georgia, to support the nations in the Americas in meeting their Millennium Development Goals and infrastructure commitments towards a more sustainable present and future.
  • 2006 Envisioned, co-founded with local governments and a strong, local financial institution, and helped to direct a non-profit foundation based in Barcelona, Spain dedicated to transforming the northern Mediterranean littoral into a knowledge center to attract next generation industries in the technology sector.
  • 2008 Created the business plans and technology intellectual property for a company that launched in Los Angeles to provide advanced digital imaging to the movie industry. The company produced the highest resolution three dimensional models of actors ever produced.
  • 2009-Present Helped to formulate and launch a historic partnership between the world’s largest and most successful workers’ industrial manufacturing cooperative headquartered in Spain and North America’s largest and most dynamic manufacturing union to create a “union-coop” hybrid model dedicated to revitalizing the North America manufacturing sector through greater worker empowerment and ownership. Based on Mondragon’s sixty plus years experience balancing highly competitive businesses with deeply rooted social values,  this business model, open to all labor communities, utilizes the collective bargaining process, is guided by core principles of sustainability, solidarity, competitiveness, and accountability, and remains inspired through the 2009 United Steelworkers-Mondragon partnership and the 2012 USW-Mondragon-OEOC model framework (a union co-op is a for-profit business owned and directed by its workers).
  1. 2012 Helped to spark the formation of the Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (CUCI) which emerged in the wake of a historic agreement signed in October, 2009 between Mondragon and the United Steelworkers, North America’s largest industrial union, to launch union-cooperatives in the United States. The USW-Mondragon agreement opened the door for the opportunity for CUCI to create jobs that are family supporting and improve the local economy in the Greater Cincinnati area by replicating and enhancing the long standing success of Mondragon’s Worker-Owned Cooperative Model. CUCI is a nonprofit that partners with individuals and organizations to develop worker-owned businesses that create family-sustaining jobs and an economy that works for all. CUCI incubates Mondragon union-co-ops by developing and refining co-op ideas, funding feasibility studies, providing technical assistance, identifying community partners, educating on cooperative business models, and attracting existing Mondragon co-op businesses to expand to Cincinnati. CUCI partners include Mondragon USA, USW, UFCW, local Building Trades, local NAACP, Cincinnati State, Ohio State, Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Center for Community Change, Blue Green Alliance, and St. Francis Seraph Ministries. CUCI has become the nationwide prototype for the Mondragon union co-op model roll-out.
  2. 2014  Co-founded and co-launched www.1worker1vote.org – a Mondragon USA-affiliated not-for-profit economic development catalyst, focused on building a national ecosystem of unionized and alternative labor, worker-owned, cooperative businesses to create vibrant and sustaining local living economies while overcoming inequalities of opportunity, mobility, and income through broad-based, equal share worker ownership best practices. 1worker1vote.org works with and through all like-minded local and national organizations and movement allies in each participating geography to assist existing businesses transitioning to a union co-op structure, develop new union-coop businesses and projects, and provide technical assistance, education, templates, access to finance, and mentoring.
  • 2005-2008 Developed the logistics, local leadership, political support, and fundraising for a three-year series of Iberoamerican education summits in Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated to next generation knowledge transfer and networking, involving the top eight business schools of Spain and Latin America and many Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Georgia; raised half a million dollars with 1,000 attendees each year with this event generating significant media coverage throughout Latin American and U.S. Hispanic media outlets.
  • 2009 Conceived, formed and executed the first international consortium joint venture to launch a green economy supply chain logistics company focusing on the U.S. Great Lakes region.
  • 2009-2013 Conceived and executed the US market entrance of a leading Spanish PV cell & module manufacturer which resulted in a major new green economy investment in 2012. By bringing together stakeholders from all aspects of the supply chain, government agencies, commercial clients and universities, MAPA negotiated over $15 million in state incentives together with upwards of 280 megawatts of off-take commitments pledged by local utilities and the local port authority.  Despite facing three unexpected hurdles (no off-take orders as previously committed after the factory was built, no working capital from the parent company as promised, and parent company becoming insolvent six months after factory opening), MAPA succeeded in having this project win a national competitive technology award, win a state subcontractor outreach award, export its products to Japan and Afghanistan, receive  high technical praise for the quality of its products, contribute significantly to the local solar cluster national profile, attract the support of national veteran groups, and produce 10 MWs to keep 40 local people employed throughout most of its 16 operating months.
  • 2010-2011 Agile Fractal Grid –  through the efforts of Dr. Craig Miller, currently Chief Scientist at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and formerly MAPA Group’s founding Chief Technology Officer; helped to win, lead and execute a major competitive award from the U.S. Department of Energy for smart grid rollout nationwide on behalf of NRECA. This project has resulted in multifaceted interfaces with the “Smart America Initiative” and the “Internet of Things” and is now positioned to drive nationwide smart grid modernization and transformation.
  • 2012 Created the Energy-Water Nexus Center to bring together the business community, electric and water utilities, municipalities, states, the federal and state governments, and environmental groups to identify issues relating to water use for energy and energy use for water and propose common sense solutions to these issues.
  • 2014 Assisted a burgeoning new solar entrant, AORA solar, in the formulation and execution of a research program with Arizona State University (ASU), as well as laying the groundwork for expansion into the US market. By recognizing the unique aspects of this concentrated 24/7 hybrid solar system, MAPA facilitated discussions with the military, and several other potential customers, as well as executed a research agreement with ASU which will help to further the technology by testing and developing opportunities for excess heat produced by the system. This approach will ensure that the technology is completely renewable — as excess heat can be utilized to produce biofuels, treat wastewater, and a number of other possible opportunities.  MAPA also recognized financial and management changes that were necessary to streamline the company focus on development, research and the most effective market opportunities. MAPA’s extensive network provided introductions to numerous potential clients, financial partners, and grant opportunities.