A U.S. Army veteran, Michael Erin serves as principal and managing partner with Chicago-based Progressive Management & Associates, where he is a leading voice in the firm’s branding and marketing efforts. Supplementing his day-to-day work, Michael Erin belongs to a number of economic development organizations, including the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Earlier this year, the IEDC published its annual Salary and Demographic Survey of Economic Development Professionals, the definitive guide to compensation and marketplace trends. The data that makes up the backbone of the publication is based on input from more than 3,600 economic development experts from around the globe. Various data points found in the survey publication include compensation figures based on tenure, education, age, gender, and the number of subordinates.
IEDC survey participants can purchase the survey online from the organization’s bookstore (either print or PDF) for $100, and all others can purchase the survey for $250. For more information or to purchase the survey, visit iedconline.org
A travel enthusiast, Michael Erin, associate consultant and partner with Progressive Management & Associates in Chicago, has been across Europe and Asia on his journeys. Michael Erin visited Hong Kong in 2014. Here are three places not to be missed.
1. Victoria Peak. The best-known attraction in the area, Victoria Peak offers breathtaking views of the cityscape and is the most photographed area in Hong Kong. A seven-minute ride to the top on the world’s steepest tram is an experience not to be missed. It's difficult to say whether a daytime or nighttime view is best.
2. Temple Street Night Market. For those who want to get their adrenaline pumping, this bustling and rowdy marketplace offers lines of food stalls, traditional medicine shops, and even counterfeit goods. This is a true taste of everyday life, away from the tourist traps.
3. Star Ferry. Transporting over 20 million passengers each year, the Star Ferry is a Hong Kong icon, traversing Victoria Harbor since 1888. One of the most scenic boat rides on Earth, it costs the equivalent of a quarter or so to ride on the top deck.
Michael Erin serves as principal and managing partner at the Chicago-based Progressive Management & Associates. Alongside his other professional pursuits, Michael Erin maintains membership in the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), a nonprofit organization that oversees various programs and events for economic developers.
Each year, the IEDC holds an annual conference that attracts economic development professionals from around the globe. In 2017, the IEDC Annual Conference will be held September 17-20 in Toronto, Canada.
The four-day event will mark the first time the conference has been held outside of the United States, and it will give attendees the opportunity to visit Canada while the country is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its confederation. At the conference, attendees will take part in a program comprising learning labs, workshops, and other educational sessions covering broad topics such as global trade, entrepreneurship, and capital investing.
The event will also feature several networking activities, including an ice cream social, a recognition dinner, and the Excellence in Economic Development Awards ceremony. For more information, including registration and hotel details, visit www.iedconline.org.
Michael Erin, an associate consultant and partner at Progressive Management & Associates, is an avid baseball fan. More specifically, Michael Erin is a fan of the Chicago Cubs, one of baseball's most revered teams.
One of the Chicago Cubs’ best players to date is Sammy Sosa, who captured the hearts of American baseball fans through his consistent high home run performance. In the late 1990s, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire went head to head for the sport's home run record, with McGwire taking an early lead but Sosa remaining close behind him. Though Sosa was ultimately outhit by McGwire, both players broke the previous single season home run record of 63 home runs. In 2001, Sammy Sosa became the only player in the sport to have hit 60 home runs or more in three different seasons.
During later seasons, Sammy Sosa's career changed due to scandal, injuries, and being traded to another team. However, the power hitter still served as one of the faces of baseball during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and inspired the next generation of baseball players and fans.
Before his taking on his current position as an associate consultant and partner with Progressive Management & Associates in Chicago, Michael Erin graduated in the top 5 percent of his class at the Virginia Military Institute. Also a world traveler, Michael Erin has visited Shanghai, China.
With a 2015 population of more than 23 million people, Shanghai is China’s largest city and its commercial and financial capital. The name “Shanghai” means “above the sea,” which is fitting given the city’s location at the convergence of Yangtze River with the East China Sea.
Before the 1842 treaty of Nanking, Shanghai was a simple town for fishing and textiles. It wasn’t until the arrival of the British, French, Germans, Russians, and Americans, who began constructing banks, mansions, and trading houses, that Shanghai began to develop its distinct architectural style.
On the banks of the Huangpu, a tributary river of the Yangtze, lies Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, or the Bund, which is home to distinctive Baroque, Romanesque, Classic, Renaissance, and Gothic architecture. One of the most popular areas is the 26 building area of the west Bund, which draws the attention of both locals and foreigners. This famous waterfront district has been the city’s trademark for centuries.
Michael Erin is a former United States Army captain who received his bachelor of arts in business and economics from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. Now residing in Nevada, Michael Erin serves as the vice president of development for The Economic Club of Las Vegas (ECLV), a nonprofit that organizes economic-based open forum debate and discussion.
In September of 2016 ECLV hosted a seminar on sports franchises and stadiums featuring University of Michigan sports economist Stefan Szymanski, television personality Jon Ralston, and urban growth expert Robert E. Lang. The three speakers presented findings and independent insights on the cost and economic benefits of sports stadiums and franchises. The talk was particularly pertinent as just months prior the National Hockey League (NHL) announced it had awarded an expansion franchise to Las Vegas.
Set to begin play in the 2017-18 season, the Las Vegas Golden Knights will join the NHL's Western Conference. The team's ownership group, led by billionaire Bill Foley, paid the NHL a $500 million expansion fee, which was to be distributed among the league's 30 teams. The Golden Knights will be the first team from the four major professional sports franchises - NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB - to call Las Vegas home. They will play out of the 17,368-seat T-Mobile Arena.
A skilled business executive with experience in the military, health care, and business development fields, Michael Erin brings a diverse set of skills to his role as global initiatives manager with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). Having served in the US Army for more than 10 years, Michael Erin continues his commitment to military service as a member of the US Army Reserve.
Reserve members often work with other military branches to provide training exercises such as the annual Operation Toy Drop. A multinational training opportunity, parachute jumpmasters from around the world participate in the collective training. This most recent operation, the nineteenth, involved instruction on the operation of the MC6, a steerable parachute (canopy) used by the U.S. Army. The weeklong training includes numerous hours of aircraft as well as parachute familiarization classes.
The largest training exercise of its kind in the nation, it also involves a toy donation drive. Participants entering a lottery for the chance to jump at the event, do so with unwrapped, unopened toys. In 2015 over 6,000 toys, including video games, bicycles, and dolls, were collected and distributed to children in need prior to Christmas.
Michael Erin is a former U.S. Armed Forces Captain and current chief of staff and director of operations for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. Among other interests, Michael Erin is a fan of opera and theater.
Hamilton, a sung-through hip-hop opera, became a Broadway hit in the past year, so much so that it set the record for most money earned in a single week. After pulling in $2.45 million the week prior, Hamilton's gate revenue for the week ending Nov. 27 was $3.3 million, breaking the record previously held by Wicked, which pulled in $3.2 million during a nine-performance week in 2013.
The Tony Award-winning musical also broke the record for most expensive premium ticket offered by a Broadway box office by charging $988. By doing so, Hamilton needed only eight performances to reach the $3.3 million total. The previous ticket price high was held by Barry Manilow on Broadway, which charged $700 for premium tickets in 2013.
A recipient of the Distinguished Military Graduate Award, Michael Erin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from the Virginia Military Institute in 2005. Michael Erin became the chief of staff and director of operations for The Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance in 2014, two years after completing a 12-year career in the U.S. Armed Forces. Currently, he serves as associate consultant and partner for Progressive Management & Associates. Outside of work, he enjoys watching baseball, particularly his favorite team - the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs ended a 108-year championship drought in November, defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. The Cubs' Ben Zobrist, the eventual World Series MVP, and Miguel Montero drove in a pair of runs in the top of the 10th inning after the Indians scored three runs in the eighth inning to tie the game.
Chicago had the longest standing championship drought in professional sports, and it was evident through the extended celebrations following the game and the millions of people who attended the team's championship parade. The November 4 parade began after a rally in Grant Park and stretched seven miles through downtown. The day was declared by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner as "World Champion Chicago Cubs Day" statewide.
Obtaining his bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Virginia Military Institute, Michael Erin served in the US Armed Forces - Army as a captain, and directed medical aid for more than 200 soldiers. As the director of operations and chief of staff at Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Michael Erin currently oversees the operations of the regional economic development company. As a baseball fan, Mr. Erin enjoys watching Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Chicago Cubs.
Winning the National league (NL) Central Division, the Cubs accomplished this feat by having a good defense, good pitching, and claiming two NL’s Most Valuable Player candidates in Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant. Following are five specific moments in the 2016 season that helped the Cubs capture their first division title since ‘08.
The return of Dexter Fowler on February 28th helped the Chicago Cubs regain their leadoff batter and allow Jason Heyward to return to right field. Willson Contreras’ debut at Wrigley Field on June 19th afforded the young catcher to stroke a two-run, pinch-hit homer against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 15 inning game on June 15th, defeating the Cincinnati Reds, saw three Chicago Cubs pitchers, Travis Wood, Spencer Patton, and Pedro Strop, all share time in the outfield. On June 27th, MLB history was made when Kris Bryant recorded two doubles, three home runs, six runs-batted-in, and scored four runs himself against Cincinnati.
Finally, acquiring Aroldis Chapman on July 25th helped strengthened the Cubs’ bullpen with the addition of the 100 mph fastball pitcher.
Michael Erin currently serves as the global initiatives manager for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.