Mike Hagerman is an accomplished entrepreneur, with over 40 years experience leading businesses to success. In each of his roles, his objective has been to lead the team to create something that differentiates the business in the marketplace - with the goal of innovating to the firm’s advantage, becoming an industry leader and giving first quartile returns to shareholders. Today, Mike is focused on enabling technologies to help financial services companies perform at a higher level, the key being usability. In any technology, Mike’s philosophy is that, while it is easy to make something hard, it is hard to make things easy.
Mike is currently the co-founder and partner of NEXGen id, which is dedicated to sourcing the best medical diagnostic tests used around the world. The theme of the company is "Early, precise diagnosis means better prognosis." Throughout his career, Mike has held CEO and senior leadership positions for a wide range of companies in financial services, travel, and technology. He was the President of DirectorsEdge, Chairman of Bardel Entertainment, Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Subservero, Co-founder of Stratage Inc., Chairman and CEO of Make Technologies, Managing Director of Goepel McDermid Inc. (sold to Raymond James Financial), and CEO of Primerica Financial Group. Mike also co-founded (and was CEO) of Uniglobe Travel’s originating company in Canada, and later became President of Uniglobe Travel, which grew to become the world's largest single brand travel franchise organization, with locations in more than 60 countries.
Mike is an active member of many boards, including InvestX, Uniglobe, and Smith Barney. Mike holds an HBA, in Honours Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business. He is Chairman of the Ontario Heart Foundation (Southwestern Chapter) and Chairman of the Financial Services Committee for the Toronto United Way Campaign. Mike is married and has 3 children - 2 daughters and a son.
Pamela Springer is an entrepreneurial executive with more than 20 years’ experience growing tech-based companies. She loves working with innovative, growth-stage businesses. She has a deep background in digital media, eCommerce, mobile and social experiences. As the long-time CEO of Manta, she turned its online platform for small businesses into one of the top 100 most valuable digital media startups three years running, growing the membership base to nearly 2M members and over 30M visitors per month. In 2013 Manta was awarded the prestigious Red Herring Top 100 Award. She has raised more than $51M in venture capital and private equity, is passionate about building best-in-class teams, and is Franklin Covey-certified in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Pamela believes in a balanced scorecard approach to growth and cites one of her biggest professional accomplishments as having achieved massive growth for Manta, while ensuring high employee satisfaction (over 70% of associates at Manta said it was the best place they ever worked).
She has a business degree from Franklin University, graduating summa cum laude, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees. An avid sports fan, outdoor enthusiast and piano player, Pamela played on the Oakland University basketball team the year they made it to the NCAA Division II Final Four and most recently successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Rick Sapiro is a lifelong entrepreneur who started his first company, a bicycle repair shop, after the death of his father when he was 14 years old. Since then, he has founded more than 20 companies. After graduating from Rutgers University, with a B.S. in Engineering, Rick worked in the investment industry and traded distressed securities. Shortly thereafter, he became the youngest partner at his firm, while still in his twenties.
In 1994, at age 30, Rick founded an investment holding company, Mutual Capital Alliance, which has made more than 50 investments in the past 20 years. Rick remains the CEO to this day. His company invests in private companies, public companies, and real estate. His firm currently has more than 30 holdings. He is the founder of six publicly-traded funds, and a founding partner of a private equity fund. His firm is also an active investor in 10 health care and medical device investments.
Rick was the President of Entrepreneurs Organization for two years, and is currently a member of YPO. He is the five-time Chairman of MIT's "Gathering of Titans" program in Boston. Rick has a passion for doing business 'turnarounds' and in the past few years has successfully turned around several mid-sized companies. He has learned that business growth and success is accelerated when a few key actions are applied. He has found that by using “The 12 Foundational Principles of Business,” virtually any company will be put on the path to prosperity. Rick created ChiroBusinessFinishingSchool.com to help people put these principles to work in their business and personal lives. He is married to Melissa and they have three children.