Michael worked for me at PBS, where his commitment to serving member stations was infectious. His breadth of knowledge, negotiating and communication skills and work ethic were so exemplary that (as President of PBS) I promoted him twice, first to VP, PBS Development,

and subsequently to Senior VP.  Based on the success of the PBS's Development Conferences, I also made Michael responsible for PBS major meetings, workshops, and seminars.

Station managers' responses to the PBS Services Survey always rated Michael's team tops  in importance to their stations' financial success, and his team's services delivered the highest levels of satisfaction.

Michael has remained active in public broadcasting, connected to its leaders, and involved in its key issues / challenges.  But my reasons for endorsing him so highly are his commitment to (and experience in) serving public television stations.

Perhaps only those who have served inside PBS understand that while station experience is important, success demands a significant personal commitment, initiative, persistence, and a "client focus."  As in his work with the initial PTV Task Force on Funding (final report, "Funding the Vision"), Michael knows how to build consensus, focus on the highest priority challenges, and then do the tough, behind the scenes work to support the group's efforts to achieve its objectives.

Michael's work ethic is legend to those who know him. I have no doubt that as executive director of the MMG, you will find him to be extraordinarily talented and provide a "return on your investment" far beyond your expectations.