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Raised in upstate ny, Mike earned a BS and MS in secondary technology at SUNY-Oneonta and Cornell after which a Ph.D. in flora and fauna ecology at Iowa nation University.  His assorted occupation incorporated an assistant professorship on the collage of Maine-Orono’s tuition of wooded area assets, box Director for The flora and fauna Society, Audubon’s Director of Federal relatives, application improvement officer for the nationwide examine Council (National Academy of Sciences)—where he shaped a committee to handle renewable average assets issues—and tenure with Tenneco, Inc., a Fortune 50 Company.  whereas there, he graduated from the college of Virginia’s Darden enterprise School’s “The government Program.”  Mike was once promoted to Director of Environmental, healthiness & defense (EH&S) for Tenneco Oil E&P.  From there, he turned vice president of EH&S for Transco strength Co. less than his management, the corporations obtained the nationwide natural world Federation’s “Conservation fulfillment Award,”  geese Unlimited’s “Silver Teal Award,” and The Conservation Fund’s “Calder Award.” He then served in Governor Pataki’s cupboard as Commissioner (CEO) of latest York’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation.  After leaving the DEC, he helped stumbled on and served as president of the Conservation Alliance of latest York and lately retired as President and CEO of the Ruffed Grouse Society—an foreign flora and fauna conservation association selling sound wooded area administration for the good thing about either hunted and non-hunted natural world. His awards/recognition contain a letter from President Carter thanking him for his assist in passing the Fish & flora and fauna Conservation Act of 1980 (later referred to as CARA); induction into the “Hall of popularity” by way of the offshore strength for his paintings at Tenneco on wetlands mitigation banking and “Rigs to Reefs” (converting retired offshore strength creation systems into functioning man made reefs); and into the long island country Outdoorsman’s corridor of Fame. 


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