Michael D. Comer, D.M.
Mike is President of The Hayes Group International, Inc. He has over 30 years consulting experience with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, non-profits as well as smaller organizations in organizational and team development, leadership assessment and development (executive coaching), and training development and delivery. In his role as President he oversees the work of 28 senior-level consultants.
Mike started his career at Andersen Consulting (Accenture) in Washington, D. C. where he was senior manager of Change Management Services for the southeast. He then spent 10 years as an independent consultant working with Ameritech (AT&T), Pharmacia, CSC, Digital Equipment Corp., and KPMG Peat Marwick. Mike joined the Hayes Group in 2000.
Mike serves as a coach to leaders – providing individualized feedback and development plans to enhance leadership skills for senior executive-level managers. He has helped large and small organizations manage change, including developing and implementing customized processes and training programs, assisting with corporate-wide leadership training, and implementing organizational changes in multiple locations with multiple employees.
Mike has personally worked with over 115 major organizations. Some of Mike’s clients include AIG, Citrix, Federal Express, International Paper, Department of Defense, Social Security Administration, Burger King Corporation, US Army Corps of Engineers, Westinghouse, General Dynamics, Trane, Volvo, Gulfstream Aerospace, UnitedHealthcare, Promus Companies (Embassy Suites, Hampton Inns), Electric Boat, Kaiser-Permanente, Milliken, Curtiss-Wright, Syneos Health, and ABB.
Mike’s global experience includes conducting team development and leadership coaching in China, Brazil, Spain, England, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Japan and Eastern Europe. In 1993, he co-founded the Eastern European Leadership Forum – an organization that connected Western business leaders with Eastern European entrepreneurs.
Mike holds an MBA in Management/Finance and a Doctor of Management (DM) degree in Organizational Leadership. His doctoral studies examined how a leader’s passion and sense of calling resulted in specific leadership behaviors. Mike co-authored the book Start with Humility: Lessons from America’s Quiet CEOs on How to Build Trust and Inspire Followers, which shares the lessons learned of six senior leaders and provides practical tips on real-world leadership.