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As a candidate for the position of Regional Vice-President Michael brings a willingness, dedication, and passion to serve BDPA in any way possible. He brings a foundation rooted in leadership and technology with over thirty-three (33) years of experience. Michael invests his personal time to further develop his volunteer leadership skills and education. Michael holds a bachelors in Quantitative Methods/Computer Science and a Masters in Software Engineering. He is currently pursuing his doctorate (Ed.D) with a specialty in Organizational Leadership because of his work for BDPA in youth technical education.
More tangibly he’s experienced as an IT professional and volunteer leader. In his role as director of infrastructure server services for Fortis (now Assurant) he designed and led a cross-site geographically dispersed matrix organization with teams in Atlanta, Miami, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and the Twin Cities. This design is much akin to that of the multiple chapters across the Midwest region. During this time he understood constraints and lack of resources with the need to do more with less. He used creativity and synergy in a collaborative way to strengthen and stabilize the department. As past multi-term president of his fraternity he also understands volunteer challenges with chapter management and membership. During his office he was able to not only grow the chapter by placing a strong foundation in place which enabled membership growth as well as the creation of the first African-American fraternal chapter on the campus of Winona State University in Minnesota. One can imagine the adversity and challenges involved with these activities.
If elected to this position, Michael hopes to conduct collaborative sessions through virtual conferencing but expresses a desire to meet face to face with all chapters to build a strong sense of unity within and across chapter boundaries, grow membership in the region, and support chapter leaders in any way possible.