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 currently serves as the global initiatives manager for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.