Michael joined Valor in 2015 and serves as a Partner, focusing on active management of portfolio companies in conjunction with existing management teams. His additional responsibilities include investment prospect generation, investment structuring and execution, and due diligence of potential acquisitions. Michael serves as a member of Valor's Investment Committee and currently serves as a director of Manduka and Benchmark Analytics, Valor portfolio companies.
Before joining Valor, Mike served as a senior advisor and co-investor in numerous private equity transactions. Previously, Mike served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of FTD Group, Inc., a leading provider of floral and specialty gift products. FTD Group, Inc. was a private equity transaction led by Leonard Green & Partners. Before FTD, Inc., Michael worked at Perry Capital, LLC and Salomon Brothers Inc.
Michael also served on the Board of Directors of Rewards Network, Inc., Youbet.com, and OptionsXpress. Mike is a graduate of Kalamazoo College. In 2011, he was named a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.