Michael J. Berthelot
Chairman, Education Committee
CEO, Mission Manager, Inc.; director, Fresh Del Monte Produce Company
Michael J. Berthelot has served as a member of more than 30 public and private boards in the U.S., Canada, England, Brazil, Spain and Germany and has served as CEO of two publicly traded companies during his career (Pro-Dex Inc. (NASDAQ:PDEX) and TransTechnology Corporation (then NYSE:TT). He currently serves as CEO of Mission Manager Inc., a privately held company that develops software for first responders and as a director of Fresh Del Monte Produce Company (NYSE:FDP), a Coral Gables FL based Fortune 1000 consumer products company, where he serves on the audit and chairs the compensation committee. Mr. Berthelot also serves on the board of a privately held San Diego based software company, where he also serves as Chief Financial Officer, as well as the Corporate Directors Forum, one of the nation’s leading director centric education organizations, where he previously served as Chairman. Mr. Berthelot is the Principal and Founder of Corporate Governance Advisors Inc., which provides board and director evaluation and consulting services and is the CEO of Cito Capital Corporation, which counsels privately held companies on strategic and operational issues. Mr. Berthelot is also an adjunct professor at the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego where he teaches a graduate level course on the CEO, the board of directors, and corporate governance.
His past affiliations include owning his own certified public accounting firms in Ohio and Florida; partnership in Barnes Wendling Cook & O’Conner, Inc., Certified Public Accountants and Management Consultants in Cleveland, Ohio; principal shareholder and director of EWI, Inc., a privately held automotive supplier; and a major shareholder and director of Golf Card International, Inc., (OTC:GCIC), a golf membership services and publishing organization.
Mr. Berthelot holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting, cum laude, from the University of Akron, a Masters of Business Administration from Cleveland State University, and is a certified public accountant (Ohio). He served four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, including a tour in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and was an agent with the Internal Revenue Service for three years following a one-year college internship.
Mr. Berthelot writes and speaks on corporate strategic and governance issues on a national basis.