Before establishing MGS, Michael was Executive Vice President of Compliance Programs for the International Code Council (ICC) where he oversaw the operation of three subsidiaries focused on building material evaluation, accreditation, and certification: ICC Evaluation Service, LLC; International Accreditation Service; and Solar Rating and Certification Corporation.
Prior to his tenure at ICC, he served as the Executive Director and CEO of the Gypsum Association, the international trade association representing the interests of the North American manufacturers of gypsum board (drywall). As Executive Director, Michael directed industry efforts in a variety of areas including the model code, standards development, and government relations arenas.
Michael has a strong background in the gypsum board industry. For most of the 1980s, he held sales, estimating, and management positions with large interior subcontracting firms. In the early 1990s. he served as an architectural and technical marketing representative for a major gypsum board manufacturer. In 1993, he began a career in association management when he served as the technical expert for an international member-services organization representing large drywall and plastering contractors. Then it was on to the Gypsum Association where Michael coordinated industry efforts in model code development and industry promotion prior to becoming CEO in 2003.
In twenty-five years of association management, Michael has represented a variety of member-service organizations and trade associations. He has been the Executive or Organizing Director of two different trade associations, has coordinated the start-up of an organization, managed an educational foundation, and served on numerous boards and committees.
His model code background includes experience as a participant in the model code process and as a representative of the ICC. He has experience with a variety of materials and methods and understands the building material evaluation process and marketplace from both the manufacturing and the product evaluation perspective.