Founder and President, CRD Analytics,
Vice President, Reaching for Higher Ground Consulting,
Michael grew up in the Hudson Valley. With strong family roots in local small businesses, founding workers’ unions and education, Michael has always felt a calling to strive for a purpose-driven life and helping others. After graduating Hunter College with a Masters in Econometrics, Michael started a small Fintech company in NYC and helped it grow organically by 650% in just 5 years. The firm, Tracer Technologies, won an INC 500 Award in 2002.
Of note, Michael designed the pro forma analytical modeling for two of the largest corporate acquisitions in US history: Pfizer/Warner-Lambert ($87.3B) and Pfizer/Pharmacia (~$64.3B), utilized by executive leadership and the Strategic Business Intelligence department.
In 2005, Michael started CRD Analytics and developed the SmartView™ 360 algorithms that power the NASDAQ CRD Global Sustainability Index, the first real-time investable index to explicitly use the GRI G3 indicators as a rules-based methodology. The SmartView 360 went on to power the SeaCrest Global Clean Energy Index, the Global 1000 Sustainable Performance Leaders on Justmeans, and the Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings in partnership with Green BusinessWORKS.
Michael was the executive producer of the SmartView™ Roundtable on Sustainable Investing in May 2010, hosted at the NASDAQ MarketSite. He brought together global thought leaders to “Crack the Code” of accelerating Sustainable Investing in the US, culminating with the Global Reporting Initiative’s Vice Chairman of the Board Sean Harrigan ringing the closing bell, helping to establish GRI’s US presence.
Over the past 20 years, Michael has helped to build the blueprints for success, including strategic frameworks, analytic models and innovative algorithms for companies, investors and communities to quantify impact and create shared value. Michael looks forward to helping Re>Think Local focus on meaningful ways to create positive impacts and generate both economic and community benefits in his birthplace.
Michael has been interviewed and published as an innovating leader on sustainability and investing by Harvard Business School, Forbes, Fortune, The Economist, CFO Magazine, Financial Executive International, IR Magazine and Wired.
He has delivered dozens of keynote speeches, panels and executive roundtables across the globe, helping to educate and inspire leaders and practitioners on a wide array of topics from Predictive Analytics, Sustainability, Impact Investing and Shared Value Creation.
Michael is currently an Ambassador of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Boards (SASB), member of the Global Advisory Council for Cornerstone Capital, a Board of Director at the New York Institute of Dance & Education, a Board Member of Rethink Local and a Fellow at the Governance & Accountability Institute. He was also previously a board member of the Flatiron 23rd Street Community Partnership in NYC and the Real Medicine Foundation (RMF).