Senior Vice President, Economic Development
Mike is Senior Vice President of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s economic development program, a position he has held since 2004. The Dallas Regional Chamber’s economic development team is responsible for economic development marketing and corporate recruitment to the region, and is privately funded by dedicated investments from local corporations.
Mike leads the economic development staff and critical relationships with regional allies, the State of Texas, the DRC’s board and executive committee and economic development investors.
From 2002 to 2004, prior to joining the Dallas Regional Chamber, Mike was a Senior Vice President with the Buxton Company, a Fort Worth-based consulting firm that selects locations for prominent national retailers and helps cities with retail-oriented economic development programs.
For fourteen years from 1988 through 2002, Mike was with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce economic development department and promoted to lead the economic development team as Senior Vice President of Economic Development.
Mike holds a Master of Science degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Bachelor of Science degree in regional planning, also from Southern Miss.
During his career Mike has successfully engaged numerous corporate locations and expansions to the DFW area, including several headquarters projects such as AT&T, Comerica Bank, Fluor, Toyota, Hilti and Kubota.
In 2015, he served as chairman of the Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC), the 800-member statewide organization for economic developers. He also provides leadership to the DFW Marketing Team, the association of economic development professionals representing Dallas-Fort Worth area cities; and currently serves as one of Speaker Straus’ economic development appointee to the State’s 9-member incentives oversight committee.