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 is the manager of global initiatives for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, where he helps promote economic development in Southern Nevada. Outside his professional life, Michael Erin is a fan of the Chicago Cubs.
A recent valuation by Forbes shows that the Chicago Cubs franchise has increased by 22 percent in overall value from last year, making it the fifth most valuable team in professional baseball.
In total, the Cubs boast a value of $2.2 billion. The club increased its revenue by 12 percent from the previous year, up to $340 million total. Beyond the revenue increase, the team adds to its worth from rights fees and the value of its brand. The Cubs’ sizable jump in value represents the best such performance of any baseball franchise in history.
In more good news, the Cubs are also a World Series favorite this year after adding key free agents in the off-season.
As the vice president of development for the Economic Club of Las Vegas, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting discussion of public policy and economics, Michael Erin leads the organization’s fundraising efforts. Also an avid baseball fan, Michael Erin lists the Chicago Cubs as his favorite major league team.
The 2015 major league baseball season saw the Cubs returning to relevance for the first time in years. Historically one of the least successful franchises in the league, the club won 97 games and made the playoffs as a wild card team, advancing to the National League championship series before losing to the New York Mets.
One major reason for the club’s success was the historic performance of starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. During the second half of the season, Arrieta went a remarkable 12-1 while compiling a microscopic 0.75 ERA. He also pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the playoffs, Arrieta continued his dominance with an outstanding performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild card game. Though the Cubs ultimately came up short in their quest to return to the World Series for the first time since 1945, Arrieta was awarded the 2015 Cy Young Award as the National League’s best pitcher.
Michael Erin currently serves as the global initiatives manager for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.