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Carrying Mike Tyson and Don King’s luggage, the time a severe stock market correction, a mushroom pizza, Yankee stadium, and Hercules made me laugh and cry at the same time, or how I learned the difference between onsen and sunaburo etiquette…the hard way.
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When you grow up as a sports fan in Cleveland, Ohio, you receive an early lesson in rolling with the punches. But for Michael, all that mattered was the excitement of trying new things, and in high school, he got into all kinds of extracurricular activities, including tennis, track, band and orchestra (trumpet and French horn)—and, during those harsh Midwestern winters, “King of the Mountain,” wherein he developed fearsome accuracy with a snowball. Life was good, but an adventurous spirit was kindling, one that burst into full flame Michael’s freshman year when he was elected student council president. Traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the national association meeting, he enjoyed his first peek at the world beyond his home state and was instantly hooked on exploration, which opened the door for him to perform in NYC’s St. Patrick’s day parade with his marching band and attend Bush’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. After completing a degree in international relations and economics at American University, he went to Belgium for further studies and kept moving east from there, visiting thirty-five countries in all, with Japan making the best case as his next home. Michael returned to New York to work as a stockbroker for a few years, but Nippon called him back, and it was then that he discovered his passion for recruitment. Winning seasons come a lot easier to this guy than they do his home teams, but don’t chalk it up to luck. He’s got “gold” in his name.