At the age of 23, Michael was a full-blown drug addict. He was kicked out of college, fired from his job, and evicted from his apartment. He had no money and no home, was throwing up blood, and believed he would be dead before his 30th birthday. Then, on September 1, 2002, after running out of options and fearing death, he checked into rehab, entered recovery, and has been transforming himself every day since.
In 2010, Michael left a Fortune 50 company at the height of the recession to cofound and lead InQuicker, a healthcare SaaS company that allowed patients to self-schedule appointments online. Under his leadership, the organization grew to 20,000% revenue growth in less than six years. In addition to landing a spot on the Inc 500 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies, the organization was named “Best Places to Work” four times and recognized as Healthcare Company of the Year. After selling InQuicker to a publicly traded company in 2015, Michael served for three years as the CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, which helps over 2,000 entrepreneurs every year start or grow a business.
Michael is an acclaimed TEDx speaker, Inc 500 entrepreneur, award-winning, 3x CEO, a leadership coach and author of “Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts: How to Lead Like Your Life Depends on It.” His accomplishments include being named a Most Admired CEO, named to the Top 40 Under 40, and being recognized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce as Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year.