Mike is a strategic business leader with over two decades of food packaging, product development, quality assurance, strategic sourcing, and sustainable business practices experience. He is an innovator who holds six U.S. patents for packaging and processing of food. He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s school of packaging and is a Certified Packaging Professional, lifetime status, by the Institute of Packaging Professionals. In his current role he directs and develops the supply chain sustainability team. His team defines sustainability initiatives and implements programs to successfully achieve results. They benchmark and evaluate supplier performance. They collaborate on internal and external sustainability initiatives providing continuous improvement across Safeway and supplier networks. He develops corporate-wide supply chain sustainability K.P.I.’s, metrics and reporting standards that are used to measure impacts of initiatives. He has been published in food and packaging journals and authored a chapter on centralized packaging of retail ready fresh meat, included in the book Modified Atmosphere Food Packaging. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, UC Davis, Oregon State University and at the 2010 pira sustainability conference.