Michael founded MAPA Group more than 20 years ago in 1994, outlining a recognized triangular business development approach to the “Iberoamerican Marketplace” involving best practice, cross-border commercial opportunities between the Iberian Peninsula (mostly Spain), Latin America, and the United States. Michael was instrumental in bringing the leading multinational Spanish wind turbine manufacturer, Gamesa, to Pennsylvania in 2004 which during the 2006 – 2011 timeframe invested more than $220 million in two factories, created 1,000 in-state green jobs and was described as a “model U.S. green economy company.” During the 2006 – 2007 period, Michael participated as a member of the International Advisory Board for La Caixa, Spain’s largest Savings & Loan.
Since 2000, Michael has served as the North American delegate for Mondragon, the world’s largest industrial worker cooperative with USA 2013 sales at the $250 million level. On March 26th, 2012, the United Steelworkers Union (USW – North America’s largest manufacturing union), Mondragon, and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center (OEOC) announced the union-coop template to create worker-owner hybrid projects and businesses with the goal of revamping U.S. manufacturing through worker empowerment and ownership.
In January 2014, Michael helped to launch the nonprofit 1worker1vote.org, dedicated to solving America’s unhealthy and unequal opportunity, mobility, and wealth divides through broad-based, equal share worker ownership. This movement is now operating in more than 11 U.S. municipalities in varying development stages.
Michael participates on the Apollo Alliance Advisory board as well as the Blue Green Alliance Corporate Advisory Council, Penn State University’s Sustainability Institute board and GridStar Advisory Board, the American Sustainability Business Council board (ASBC with over 350,000 business members operates from the MAPA DC office), and is a policy advisor to the Heartland Capital Strategies Responsible Investing nonprofit.
Previously, Michael served as a naval officer on active duty from 1976 – 83, winning the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Leadership award in 1981, and completed his service as a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves in 1996. Michael also served as a defense and economic development legislative assistant to the U.S. Senate Minority Leader (1984-86), as executive assistant to the President of the BDM Corporation (1986-88), and as a senior vice president for corporate business development at SAIC (1988-94), then the nation’s largest employee-owned, applied R&D company with its own internal stock market before starting MAPA Group. Michael holds degrees from Rice University and the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and has completed course work at the Sorbonne and the Institute for Political Science in Paris, France.