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Michelle is an educator and a business professional with over 25 years experience in the business world running both small and medium sized businesses. She has an extensive background in education, executive management, sales & marketing, operations and entrepreneurial pursuits. Michelle’s diverse background includes “hands-on” start-up experience with two successful small businesses she founded, a broad international focus including consulting assignments in China, extensive teaching and educational endeavors as well as executive leadership roles with General Electric, Dun & Bradstreet and Armstrong World Industries.
As a top producer with GE Capital, Michelle led a major re-engineering effort that delivered over $58 million to the bottom line. She developed a keen understanding and empathy for the challenges small businesses face when she was COO and acting President of GE Capital’s SBA business. As a senior executive with GE, Michelle was a frequent presenter for operations and strategy reviews to the GE Board led by Jack Welch.
Michelle has a master’s degree in management, business administration from Penn State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville University. She is a graduate of GE’s world-renowned executive training program and is a certified six sigma master black belt. Michelle’s success is case studied in the book, “Making Six Sigma Last” by George Eckes.
Michelle is a frequent speaker and presenter throughout the Lehigh Valley. She recently won the prestigious Lehigh Valley SUITS awards for management consulting excellence. She was a 2009 recipient of the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal’s Spotlight Award for business and community leadership and a past recipient of the Easton Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in recognition of her business leadership. She is a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce where she serves on the Board of the Small Business Council. She is also an active member of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation and a member of the Good Shepherd Giving Circle.
Michelle recently relocated to the Greater Lehigh Valley from New Jersey, and lives on the West End of Allentown. She is looking forward to renovating her 30-year-old home to make it a place of her own. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys gardening, bird-watching, travel, collecting antiques and giving back to her community. If you’re ever looking for Michelle on the weekend, she’s probably working in her garden.