Mike received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Emory University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
Mike served as senior portfolio manager at SAC Capital Management and was Executive Vice President at Jefferies Asset Management, where he managed an investment team that analyzed investment opportunities, managed risk and worked to implement financial and operational improvements at portfolio companies.
As an Emergency Medical Technician, Mike has been serving the public for over 20 years.
As Chief of New Canaan’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Mike led the department’s talented and dedicated volunteer men and women to provide the highest standard of treatment, ensuring the public received the very best in pre-hospital emergency care.
As a first responder, Mike has directly impacted many lives when it counted most, earning him the New Canaan EMS Commissioner’s award in 2010 and numerous life-saving commendations.
Since 2011, Mike has served as New Canaan’s Emergency Management Director, a volunteer position in which he leads the Town’s public safety agencies in a coordinated response to natural disasters and other crises. Mike’s steadfast leadership safely guided New Canaan through Hurricane Irene (2011), the Halloween Nor’easter Alfred (2011), and Winter Storm Nemo (2013). Following his leadership through Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, Mike was named New Canaan’s “Person of the Year.”
As a member of New Canaan's Public School Crisis Advisory Board, Mike has been instrumental in leading the effort to bring best practices in school safety and security to the community of over 4,000 students and faculty.
Mike currently serves as a member of the Connecticut West Incident Management Team, a regional team that is trained to respond to critical incidents and provide executive leadership to incident command.
FISCAL LEADERSHIP IN STAMFORD
In 2012, Mike was tapped by Republican Mayor Michael Pavia to serve as Director of Administration for the City of Stamford. A year later, the newly-elected Mayor, Democrat David Martin, asked Mike to continue serving in his current position.
As the City’s Chief Financial Officer, Mike is responsible for ensuring the financial and operational health of Stamford, one of Connecticut’s largest cities. Among his many accomplishments, Mike was the lead architect of the City’s successful divestiture of the Smith House, a 128-bed skilled nursing facility owned and operated by the City for more than 50 years. Privatizing the facility ensured a long-term home for its 90 vulnerable senior residents on Medicaid, protected vital jobs for more than 150 employees and saved the taxpayers over $5 million per year.
With over 85 percent of the City’s budget directly related to employee costs, labor negotiations are a critical path to setting sustainable long-term fiscal health. When he arrived in Stamford, Mike inherited expired labor contracts that contained excessive and largely unfunded employee benefits. Mike led the effort to negotiate some of the City’s most complex labor agreements. In each negotiation, Mike’s objective was to emerge with a contract that was fair to both taxpayers and employees. The contracts were fully funded in both the short-term and long-term. Mike was able to deliver real savings to taxpayers and promises that could be kept to employees.
As Chairman of the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority, Mike led the Board’s dramatic turnaround of the City’s wastewater treatment plant. When he first arrived, Mike found significant operational, financial, and environmental challenges. Because of the structural changes Mike made in both the leadership and physical plant, Stamford’s wastewater treatment plant now serves as a model of success for the state.
Mike inherited a fiscal mess in Stamford. Prior administrations had irresponsibly mismanaged most financial matters. The “kick-the-can” mentality had all but guaranteed that the leadership’s abject failures would fall squarely on our children. Not surprisingly, much of Stamford’s challenges are identical to those that we face as a state. Mike has demonstrated that he has the skills necessary to solve Connecticut’s financial challenges.
Mike’s successful track record in Stamford proves it can be done, and he’s precisely the leader to do it.