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When asked, I like to tell people I never climbed the career ladder, I took the stairs instead. Along the way I have done just about everything a person could do in marketing and management. Whether it’s launching lines of business in foreign markets, working to get competitors to build compatible products, or trekking around the developing world searching for where people get their water, I have been constantly on the move.

Major career accomplishments

For the past several years I have been semi-retired, have run for U.S. Congress, and now work for Virtual Management as a hosted leader of trade groups like the NFC Forum, IOWN Global Forum, HAPS Alliance, and OWASP Foundation. Before that, I was on the leadership team that launched Matt Damon’s, directing grassroots advocacy and fundraising efforts while closely collaborating with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, building innovative ways to connect with supporters. My role was to exploit the intersection of marketing and technology to help end the water crisis.

Over my thirty year career in technology and nonprofit I have directed teams that have defined, product managed, launched, and marketed dozens of new products around the globe. I have worked in an internet startup (before there were such things), for the Fortune 50, and on international assignments all spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

As the former CEO and Executive Director of the Bluetooth SIG, I was responsible for defining a business environment that created a $25B industry – one populated with component, system suppliers, end product manufacturers, service industries and iconic brands like Nokia, Sony, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, and Ericsson.

What’s my passion? Connecting people through technology. If after reading something here you feel compelled to write, drop me a line at mike (at) If you’re an old (or perhaps new) friend, give me call during US central time hours at 913.940.2737. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Virtual, Inc.

January 2019 to Present [Wakefield, MA]

Virtual enables associations, standards organizations, consortia, startup advocacy groups, and professional societies to achieve their goals and make a mark on the world. My role is to help leaders imagine their futures and then help their organizations navigate through change for growth. Standards organizations, non-profits, and high growth technology companies have been where I’ve championed change for good in both developing and developed economies worldwide.

Executive Director, NFC Forum (Client)

Interim Executive Director, OWASP Foundation (Client)

Candidate for U.S. Congress Kansas 3rd District

February 2018 to August 2018


November 2014 to January 2017 [Kansas City, MO]

Best known for its personal backup solution, SpiderOak advocates for and builds products to protect information in the cloud. Recruited to the corporation in 2014 to co-lead corporate reboot that would diversify product offerings and enter new market categories, retool and strengthen business operations, all the while delivering revenue and user growth with legacy product offerings.

President & CMO

February 2009 to October 2014 [Kansas City, MO]

Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, pioneers innovative, community-driven, market-based solutions that help people gain access to safe water and sanitation. Over the past two decades has helped thousands of communities in Africa, Asia, and Central American with safe water solutions.

Chief Community Officer & Director of Technology

Limestone Partners LLC

August 2004 to present [Overland Park, KS]

Offering marketing, trade association and program management consulting to tech and wireless markets and industry associations.

Executive Director, UWB Forum [client]

Marketing Services, IEEE-ISTO [client]

Sprint/Embarq Communications

January 2006 to January 2007 [overland park, ks]

Formerly Sprint”s landline operation, Embarq is one of the country”s largest providers of high speed internet and good old fashioned dial tone to over seven million customers in 18 states. As part of its spin-off from Sprint, Embarq intends to launch a wireless business as an MVNO carrier of choice in their local markets.

Group Manager, Wireless Product Development

Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)

April 2002 to August 2004 [San Diego, CA and Overland Park, KS]

The standard wireless connection for mobile products, Bluetooth technology is managed by this not-for-profit trade association. The growth over my tenure was unprecedented; from a base of less than a million per week to surpassing the milestone of well over ten million products shipping per month. Marketing, targeted PR and a focus on product interoperability through programs such as “Five Minute Ready” drove this growth.

CEO & Executive Director

Intel Corporation

March 2000 to April 2002 [Santa Clara & San Diego, CA]

As the largest manufacturer of microprocessors in the world, Intel through it’s marketing programs such as “Intel Inside” and branding campaigns for “Pentium” and “Centrino” has established itself as a household name. My role at Intel was to manage our evangelism efforts in standards organizations like GSMA, Wi-Fi Alliance and the Bluetooth SIG influencing their direction favorable to the PC market and Intel’s product plans. I was also a contributor on the marketing team that developed the Centrino branding campaign.

Manager Wireless Evangelism

Product Marketing Engineer

Iomega Corporation

September 1997 to March 2000 [San Diego, CA and Geneva, Switzerland]

Iomega was the world leader in removable storage products for the PC industry. As a member of the team that developed Clik! our aim was to leverage the success of the Zip Drive technology for mobile products. Later at Iomega I worked in an ex-patriot assignment in Geneva, Switzerland. There I launched our optical product line while managing the Clik! business for the geo. During my short time in Europe my product line revenue grew nearly 500% in part due to our pricing and promotional strategy for the optical business line.

European General Manager – Mobile & Optical Products

Director Future Products

Visual Components (acquired by Sybase)

October 1995 to September 1997 [Overland Park, KS]

During the mid-90s there was growing interest in component based software for the PC industry. Visual Components designed software development tools for the Windows operating system. As the internet boomed we ported our products to Lotus Notes, Netscape and then Java. While Director of Products & Marketing I managed a portfolio of fifteen products growing our business to gain the attention of Sybase whom acquired us in 1997.

Director Products & Marketing

Apple Computer

November 1989 to October 1995 [Overland Park, KS & Dallas, TX]

Apple remains the icon of innovation in the technology industry. Veterans normally mark their tenure by product launches: I was there from the IIcx through the PowerPC and Performa launches. Along the way we saw the introduction of the Powerbook and demise of Newton. Having spend most of my time in the field I called on corporate accounts, the channel and served an account team as a Systems Engineer. Also spent a year in the Executive Briefing Center program – wow, talk about a new challenge every day.

Account Executive

Business Sales Executive

Senior Technology Consultant – Executive Briefing Center

Senior Systems Engineer


January 1988 to November 1989 [Lenexa, KS]

Back in the day of database wars, Informix decided to merge with Innovative Software; the logic was this would allow each company to leverage their core competencies in database and, what we called then, workstation-based software. Having started in technical support for a DOS-based integrated Office product called SmartWare I was recruited to join marketing and there I worked on the team that brought Wingz to market.

Product Manager

Advanced Technical Support Engineer


System and method for managing radio systems, United States 8,223,677, Issued July 17, 2012

A system and method for switching between radio systems of a wireless device. The wireless device may include a first radio, a second radio, and a third radio. The radios may be configured to communicate using a first, a second, and a third communications protocol, respectively. Circuitry in communication with the radios may be configured to activate the first radio when a signal using the second communications protocol is not detected and to switch activation of the first radio to the third radio in response to detecting a signal using the second communications protocol.


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