Mike grew up in suburban Chicago, Illinois. Attended the University of Illinois (BS, Chemistry) and the University of Chicago (MBA, International Finance), where he participated in its international business program, spending a year at the University of Louvain, Belgium (License, Applied Economic). His first job was with Xerox, working first in the domestic and corporate finance departments and then its Latin American Division, including working for Xerox do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro.
Deciding to make a career change, in 1977 he received a Robert Wood Johnson fellowship in HMO administration at Wharton. In 1978 he received the first of several federal grants to develop a new HMO in southwestern Connecticut, which became a component of regional HMO in 1981. He then joined a managed care consulting company (AHMAC) started by several Wharton faculty. AHMAC’s unique expertise was the development of hospital sponsored managed care plans. He remained at AHMAC for the next seventeen years, becoming president in 1988. In 1999 he was offered a position at one of the health plans that AHMAC helped develop, becoming senior vice president for business development and analysis at Healthfirst in New York City, a non-profit managed care plan sponsored by seventeen hospitals, focusing on government programs (Medicare, Medicaid, CHP). Today, Healthfirst has more than one million members. He retired from Healthfirst the end of 2012, moving to Williamsburg, Virginia. He remains active as a consultant.
Mike earned his MBA, Finance from the University of Chigago, MA, Applied Economics from the University of Louvain, Belgium, and BS, Chemistry from the University of Illinois.