Owner & Chief Executive Officer – The Airtex Group
Mike is a third-generation entrepreneur who started his career learning the manufacturing business from the ground up, first on the factory floor of the then Miller Bag Company (started by his Grandfather in 1918) and then selling and servicing major OEM accounts such as Toro, Lawnboy, Honda, 3M, TSI and Phillips Medical. Today, The Airtex Group still services the OEM markets, but have developed strong home décor relationships with retailers such as Pottery Barn, West Elm, Amazon and Restoration Hardware. Most recently, Mike completed a merger with the Acme Made brand, a company that develops and manufactures Lifestyle Bags and Skinny Sleeves.
As the owner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Airtex Group. Mike is a strategic and visionary executive of the textiles industry, leading domestic and global manufacturing while staying focused on the needs of the customer with innovative solutions. He has great passion for building a best-in-class culture for his employees so that they can perform to their maximum potential.
In addition to leading Airtex / Acme Made, Mike has been a founding member of several successful start-up organizations, most notably Minnesota Thermal Science, which was purchased by Pelican Products Inc. He was also involved Pallet Wrapz, a startup that was chosen to participate in the Goldman Sachs Foundation in the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative to assist in the growth and strategic direction. Most recently, Mike was asked to become a founding member of The Ackerberg Fund, Ackerberg focuses on best-in-class service and design in commercial real estate; developing, managing, and leasing properties that make our tenants and communities proud.
Mike was a founding member in The Makers Coalition which is a movement to build a vibrant, revitalized industrial sewing industry in America. His role on The Makers Board, led him to the opportunity be asked to become a member of the Board of ISAIC, an organization based in Detroit, MI whose mission is to create a sustainable community empowered ecosystem for apparel manufacturing with an innovative approach to facility design, application of technology and advanced career path development.
Committed to giving back, Mike dedicates time to several nonprofit organizations, including Loaves and Fishes (a meal program serving hot meals to those in need throughout seven counties in Minnesota), Adath Jeshurun Synagogue and Marnita’s Table (a training and consulting organization helping organizations and communities find common ground across race, class and culture).
Mike attended Ithaca College where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and San Diego State where he studied Exercise Physiology and received a degree with the American College of Sports Medicine. In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his grandkids, traveling and is a road and mountain biking enthusiast.