Mike Meier, MBA, DTM is the author of A FOCUSED PURSUIT in China: 14 Business Tips to Know Before You Go (2010).
After earning his stripes in the world of small-market journalism and radio, Mike landed work in TV news, focusing on his favorite topic: sports!
Mike covered a variety of major sporting events, including the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships, Major League Baseball All-Star Game, and the Indianapolis 500 car race. He interviewed the likes of NBA All-Star Lebron James, Indy Racing Champion Helio Castroneves, former President Bill Clinton, and even current President Barack Obama!
Although it was a fun ride while it lasted, Mike soon found his work monotonous and unfulfilling. So what did he do? Move to China!
After an extended time doing business in Beijing, China, Mike worked in Seoul, South Korea in 2010 and 2011, and was named to the prestigious "2011 LinkedSeoul 40 Under Forty."
Mike also keeps busy speaking. In Southern California, he is a sought-after emcee and special events speaker. He also does communications and intercultural business consulting, and has given presented in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Canada.
Currently, he resides near the beach in San Diego, California.
Mike earned his MBA from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and prior to that, graduated Magna Cum Laude in Mass Communication from Olivet Nazarene University outside Chicago.
In his free time, Mike indulges in table tennis and travel! Mike enjoys “ping pong” as a player, coach, referee, and international umpire. He will umpire the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, and prior to that, in 2015 officiated The Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, Parapan American Games in Toronto, as well as 2014 Tokyo World Team Table Tennis Championships, 2010 & 2011 ITTF Korea Open, 2010 ITTF Pro Tour Grand Finals, and 2010 Inaugural Singapore Youth Olympic Games. He has been involved with the National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (NCTTA) as a player, then Executive Board Member or Committee Member since 2005.
Travel wise, Mike has visited more than 20 countries, as well as 44 of 50 U.S. states (missing Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, and Washington). His favorite cities to visit are Brussels (Belgium), Seoul (South Korea) and his hometown of Hillsboro (Illinois).