About Michael



Michael A. Bates is a senior business leader that creates value through the development and implementation of sound business practices and solutions, reduction and elimination of process waste and variation, and effective program and project management. The teams he assembles and leads improve their operational effectiveness, throughput, and profitability. His communication and leadership styles allow him to communicate fluently, efficiently, and effectively at all levels of an organization and with organizational stakeholders. Michael creates value in any organization.

Michael has over 35 years’ experience as a Lean practitioner, including 30 years’ leading manufacturing, engineering, and service operations.  He holds numerous Lean certifications and is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.  Michael is also certified in Project, Program and Portfolio Management.

MBA | BA Management/Operations

Six Sigma Master Black Belt (CSSMBB)

Program & Portfolio Management Certification (PPMC)

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Michael Bates Résumé


Michael grew up in Upstate New York and currently lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife Deanne and son Mason.  Michael’s leisure activities include a range of musical interests which involve collecting vinyl records, CDs, and vintage stereo equipment, playing guitar, and occasionally co-hosting a radio show featuring obscure hard rock and heavy metal music from the ’70’s and 80’s.  Michael is an avid cyclist and has completed century rides around Lake Tahoe and an adventurous ride through Canyonlands National Park in Utah.  Michael is also pretty handy in the wood shop.

Michael and his family enjoy attending Milwaukee Admirals games and watching professional hockey. Michael and Deanne enjoy tacos, biking, yoga, sailing, and sticking our feet in the sand on Lake Michigan or the Atlantic Ocean beaches.

Michael has recently begun volunteer work with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County coaching men and women in résumé writing and job interviewing skills.

Michael and Deanne also support and give a huge shout out to a variety of local organizations in part because they do a wonderful job supporting Mason, who has Autism and has Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  The tireless efforts of those that provide day services, summer camps, residential camps, job services and shadowing, and the handful of caregivers and teachers/paraprofessionals that give of themselves to ensure Mason and his friends have a full life is something that we cannot appreciate enough.


And if I could give a two pieces of advice to anyone it would simply be to 1) make sure your home is filled with lots of hugs, kisses, touches, love, and laughter because that’s all that really matters in this crazy ride called life, and 2) slow down and watch the geese.

15622132_10208176310907639_1871159347970763055_n  Painted with love by Curt Crain at Crain Painting