Michael Brown is President and Founder of ML Brown & Associates, a management consulting firm based in Hawthorn Woods, IL, and Chief Executive of The Alternative Board, Chicago North. He has more than thirty-five years experience leading both entrepreneurial and large corporations and now focuses on helping CEOs,presidents, owners and partners of privately held firms make better business and personal decisions. This is accomplished through sales, marketing and management consulting, pre- and post-employment talent management assessments, executive coaching and facilitating peer boards of business owners.
In 1999 Brown founded The Alternative Board TAB® in the northern suburbs of Chicago. TAB is a selective, by-invitation-only, membership organization made up of presidents, CEOs, and owners who meet monthly in small structured boards to improve the profitability of their companies through the accountability of a board of directors. Brown also is active in helping companies hire and retain employees. He is a Certified Professional Values Analyst, Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst,Certified Attribute Analyst, Certified Professional Strategic Business Leadership® Coach and Certified One Page Planning® Consultant.
Prior to starting ML Brown & Associates, as vice-president, he lead marketing and planning at a $200 million, 1,200 employee division of Emerson Electric, then an $8.5 billion corporation. He has also served in market management and sales roles for Allen Bradley, a company focused on automation systems for the factory floor.
Mr. Brown’s education includes a BME from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology and an MBA from Rutgers University.
Active in his community, Brown is the co-founder and president of Straight Talk, a not-for-profit corporation serving men in the marketplace. He is an elder in his church and has also served on the church deacon board and the Young Life, Lake Forest committee.