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J Michael


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    J. Michael Drake is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social activist. A CEO from the age 30, Michael’s three decades in business have included acting as a crisis manager, turnaround specialist, company founder, technology pioneer, and industry maven. Michael founded masterIT in 2005 and served as its CEO until November 2019 when he exited after their sale to venture backed VC3 of Columbia, South Carolina. As an industry-leading managed service provider (MSP), masterIT provided technology-as—service to all types of organizations. Under Michael’s leadership, masterIT achieved numerous industry recognitions including being the first and only mid-south provider to earn the MSP Alliance Accreditation and be ranked on both the MSPmentor 100 and MSPmentor 501 lists (the industry’s rankings of the most successful managed service providers globally) for eleven years in a row. The business was also named among CRN Magazine’s 40 Most Innovative MSPs in North America, and Memphis Business Journal named masterIT a 2013 finalist for Business of the Year. In 2012, Michael was named to MSPmentor’s inaugural industry Hall of Fame class, and he was a finalist for Memphis Business Journal’s Executive of the Year. Prior to founding masterIT, Michael served as the USA President, CEO, and Country Manager for European-based, publicly traded Econocom Group from 1993 to 2005. Michael is a 1986 graduate of the University of Memphis with a BBA in finance and held various banking positions in the mid-south prior to joining Econocom-USA in 1990. Michael is currently a board member of the Methodist Healthcare Foundation, the Christian Psychological Center and Arts Memphis and serves as an advisory board member for Methodist Healthcare’s Dennis H. Jones Living Well Network. He has served on the boards of Crichton College, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis, the University of Memphis’ MILE (Memphis Institute for Leadership Education) program, and the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South. Today, Michael’s new journey has taken him down the road to authorship and speaking. With the help of the message in The Bliss Journey: Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story, Michael hopes to help his readers and audiences discover or re-ignite their passion and path in life. He and his wife, Alys, have been married 28 years and are the proud parents of two daughters, Aden and Yates.
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