Manages the strategic planning for Lockheed Martin International (LMI) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he currently resides. In this position he is responsible for:
Developing and delivering Lockheed Martin’s UAE country-level strategy
Strengthening key customer/partner relationships
Directly supporting the LM UAE Chief Executive
Streamlining corporate operations
Managing the corporate budget
Most recently, Mike created and developed the finance infrastructure and tools required for the launch and continued success of LMI which was announced in 2013. Southeastern / SIFE Experience Mike graduated from Southeastern University in the spring of 2010 with degrees in accounting and finance. He joined SEU Enactus at its inception on campus in the spring of 2007. He held increasing levels of responsibility including project management, presentation team lead, and ultimately became president of the organization. He personally competed in three regional competitions and led SEU Enactus to its first regional championship and first U.S. national competition in the spring of 2010. Mike views becoming actively involved in Enactus as one the best decisions he made during his four years at SEU. He says, “Enactus gave me a leg up on almost all of my peers. The vast array of hands-on experience in leadership, project management, presentation/public speaking skills, as well as the overall start-up process paid dividends from my very first professional interview up through my current assignment in the UAE. The experience not only gave me a ground-up view of the interworkings of an organization, but also provided me the opportunity to see the big picture. Eventually, my Enactus positions required me to make some tough decisions within the organization that have shaped my leadership style and abilities today.”
Career Immediately Following SEU After graduating from Southeastern, Mike joined Lockheed Martin (LM) as an accountant and held multiple positions in the Cash Management Solutions organization. He was accepted into the Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP) at LM in 2012 which required three rigorous one-year rotations throughout the company. He held positions in accounts payable, international accounting, and corporate headquarters financial, planning, and analysis. He has earned special recognition awards (SRAs) for his efforts in each of his last four roles. Upon graduation, Mike accepted his current role and moved to the UAE as an expatriate. Mike continuously strives to develop and expand his skillset through diverse avenues including: • Earning an advanced degree (MBA) from the University of Florida • Becoming a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) • Traveling to four different continents for business-related projects • Moving to the Middle East to gain real-world international business and strategy experience
Mike is originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. He has lived in Central Florida, Washington, D.C., and currently resides in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Looking back at my college experience, I can’t help but smile and think of Enactus.To be honest, it’s the first thing that pops in my mind when anyone asks about my time at SEU. I first joined as a team member, and then transitioned into project leader, board member, and president. The mentors I found along the way, the lasting friendships I made, and the memories of people’s lives I helped shape hold a special place in my heart. Even more, involvement in Enactus has helped bridge the gap as I have more recently transitioned into a professional career.
I graduated in 2013 with a degree in Marketing and currently work in Lakeland as a Category Manager for the Advantage Sales & Marketing Fresh Team. My role is to analyze sales data and combine results with shopper trends to help our clients track business and sell new items into retailers such as Publix and Winn-Dixie. I can’t tell you how many times I walk into a Publix store and am simply amazed by the amount of incredible products we sell and have a great sense of accomplishment knowing that our hard work pays off in the end!
Many of the same project management skills and processes apply in the professional realm that I developed as a team member with Enactus. Projects were always being tweaked and often I had to plan with a team to realign tasks and meet our objective. This takes true creativity and the ability to “think outside the box”, while also knowing how to deal with change and the personalities of people. In my field today, ultimately, we want to grow our sales while the competitive landscape is ever-changing. We analyze how to improve or benchmark our efforts to reach the end goal.
Plus, talk about learning how to communicate in front of a group of people! Within Enactus, oftentimes I would be exposed to running and contributing to meetings among a group of my peers, speaking in meetings with professionals who supported the team, and in some cases, showcasing our projects in front of an extreme amount of complete strangers….and I was expected to be upbeat, know what I was talking about, and be able to answer questions and think on the fly (all with a smile, of course)! I like to think of this as my lesson not just in communication, but in the “art of sales”. Many people don’t like being in situations like this, but I learned to embrace them and actually love being in those situations now. Plus, this type of communication is not confined to the business world, but in any professional arena, at church, or through volunteer work. If you’re not selling a product, service, idea, or thought, you’re sharing one with different audiences.
This has easily translated into a favorite aspect of my present role, which is assisting the sales team during calls at the Publix HQ office. I am expected to be an expert in the data we are presenting and have prepared additional information if they ask questions or would like to know more. I am truly thankful for knowing how to handle myself under pressure!
I could sit for hours and share my stories, thoughts, and lessons learned, and how it is a distinct desire of mine to serve the Lord and to serve others in a unique and lasting way. Enactus was the vehicle for that during college. The team had a spirit of serving others with excellence. I carry this into the workplace every day and still look for opportunities to develop and serve others in unexpected ways. Enactus helped prepare me on so many different levels. To lean in and have the courage to take chances. To build up the members of a team by recognizing and using their talents. To take something from a vision to plan, from plan to action. To leverage resources. To know how to deal with and communicate to different people and audiences. To think of creative solutions. This is where I learned what it truly means to be a servant leader at SEU.
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