Chairman, Evergreen Advisors, LLC
Mike is currently chairman and principal of Evergreen Advisors, a Mid- Atlantic middle market investment bank that has completed over 100 M&A and capital raising transactions, totaling over $5 billion in value for publicly traded and privately held companies. He is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Medical Center (part of University of Maryland Medical System).
In 2014, Mike became Maryland’s first ever Secretary of Commerce, appointed by Governor Larry Hogan. Under Mike’s inspired leadership, Team Commerce completely and radically transformed Maryland’s business environment, creating a “culture of YES!” that positively affected every key economic category in the state.
Mike began his storied career in 1974 at IBM, where he served as an account manager, regional specialist, and sales school instructor for the company’s Office Products and General Systems Division. He left IBM to join Ernst & Young as a Regional Director of Data Systems. In 1984, Mike founded AMERICOM, a wireless communications company that he nurtured into a regional leader with more than 1,200 team members before it was acquired by Solectron in 2000. Mike also co-founded First Page USA Inc., which was later acquired by Metrocall. He was key member of the team that acquired leading regional power generator firm Curtis Engine.
Mike has provided his vibrant leadership to the finance and higher education sectors. He has served as a member of the Bay National Bank board of directors, Chairman of the Towson University Board of Visitors, a member and former chair of the audit committee for the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, and a member of the Clemson University President’s Advisory Board.
Mike has twice been recognized as a “Most Influential Marylander” by The Daily Record, and he also is a past recipient of the Baltimore County “Good Scout” award.
Mike and his wife of 44 years, Mary, have three grown children and eight grandchildren. During his free time, Mike enjoys golfing, reading, exercising, and spending time with Mary.
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