Mike co-founded KeyStone Search in 2002 and has over 30 years of executive recruiting/search industry experience.
Mike has led hundreds of executive level search projects over the years and has developed particular expertise in leading privately held businesses through critical leadership transitions. This includes numerous CEO transitions as well as business owner exits/transitions.
Mike grew up in a small family business, learning the value of hard work, customer service and treating everyone with respect. “Working with companies & owners who recognize and appreciate the value of their employees, customers and communities is incredibly rewarding” says Mike. “These companies deserve to grow and succeed into the future, and I’m thrilled to play a part in making that happen for them”.
Mike graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in Psychology and Business Administration. He is a frequent public speaker on the topics of CEO transition, succession/exit planning, corporate culture, talent development, and core values. He is an active member of the ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership. Mike is also very passionate about EOS®/Traction, having run the system at KeyStone for nearly 10 years.
He and his wife, Brenda, live in Hopkins, Minnesota and have 3 children. In his spare time Mike enjoys fishing, home projects and spending as much time as possible in Northern MN.