Always a consultant at heart, Mike’s quarter-century of experience includes working in specialty, niche-focused markets including crafts, collectibles, gifts and the performing arts.
He’s led the development of multi-million-dollar, multi-title catalog businesses; conceived and implemented new product development strategies and created multichannel direct-to-consumer marketing campaigns.
A trained facilitator, Mike’s also led multi-day workshop sessions in the U.S. and China to solve cross-functional business issues. These sessions led to a savings of over $2 million in annual expenses and cut long-established process lead times by 50%.
For nearly 15 years before founding FiddleSmart Marketing, Mike established and facilitated strategies for the profitable growth of one of the sewing industry’s most iconic retailers, Nancy’s Notions.
Under his leadership, the company expanded product lines, increased the number of active customers, launched digital marketing programs, improved operational efficiencies, and renovated long-standing marketing practices.
During his tenure, the company experienced the longest period of sustained profitability in its 35-year history.
A believer we make better decisions when focused on the customer, Mike is an accredited small business consultant. He also proudly holds a Ducktorate Degree in Management, Disney Style, from Disney University. After all, how cool is it to have a degree signed by Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck?
He earned his MBA in marketing from Villanova University. And, he holds a degree in Public Relations from Western Michigan University.