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Mike recently returned to Siena to take on the role of Chief of Staff in May of 2016. In 2015, Mike took on the role of interim President and CEO of the Center for Economic Growth in July after serving as its board chair. As co-chair of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative advisory council, he helped lead the development of a regional economic development strategy that was awarded a record $148 million for the Capital Region. In 2016 Mike was named Chair of the Capital Region Advisory Committee for the Governors Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Mike has over 25 years’ experience in technology businesses, with 15 as a software executive. Prior to CEG, he had served as Siena Colleges Executive in Residence and Executive Director of the Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Mike has also served as an officer for two public companies. He was a key leader in the business that bought over 12 companies. In his previous role as President of Pitney Bowes Software, Hickey managed a global software business to record revenue of $400 million with over 1900 employees. As President of Pitney Bowes Software from 2007 until 2010, Mike merged two like sized former public software companies (MapInfo and Group1 Software) into one integrated global business that became one of the 70 largest software companies in the world. His efforts led to 66% increase in operating profit. He and the business received a leadership award from Vantana Research highlighting these accomplishments. In 2008 Mike was named to Tech Valley’s Hot 10 list of executives and government officials who make things happen in Tech Valley. In 2012, Hickey was invited and participated in the Clinton Global Initiative to help work on solutions for entrepreneurship in America.

Hickey was with MapInfo beginning in 1995 and served as Chief Operating Officer from 2002 through the acquisition by Pitney Bowes in 2007. He became President of Pitney Bowes MapInfo in 2007 and President of Pitney Bowes Software later that same year. During his tenure at the company, Hickey held a number of executive management positions. In addition to Chief Operating Officer, he previously served in the roles of Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Group Vice President of Operations, and Vice President and General Manager of MapInfo's Information Business. The creation of this strong information business enabled MapInfo to excel in the growth of its solution offerings and had given MapInfo a competitive advantage in the market. Hickey also spearheaded MapInfo's drive into Predictive Analytics through the development and acquisition of new core competencies, as well as the creation of the Location Intelligence category. In addition, Hickey created and led MapInfo's Operational Excellence initiative, introducing business management disciplines into the business and driving continuous improvement throughout its operations. During his tenure at the company he was a key executive that helped drive revenue from $35 million to $186 million annually and eventually sold the company for $480 million to Pitney Bowes.

Prior to joining MapInfo, Hickey worked at AlliedSignal (now Honeywell), for nine years, in various management positions. He developed functional experience in sales, industry marketing, product management and business planning. As part of AlliedSignal's Total Quality Initiative (TQM), Hickey was selected for a leadership role and was certified as a Total Quality Master. Hickey became proficient at re-engineering business processes to be market and customer driven and building successful team environments. These skills helped him turn around three struggling product lines in two separate AlliedSignal divisions.

Previously, Hickey was also President of The Hickey Group; an executive consulting firm that helped CEO’s maximize their growth potential through strategy, execution, teamwork and leadership. He is also an investor and one of the initial members of the Eastern New York Angels, an investment fund and mentor network for business start-ups. Hickey was previously chairman of the Board of Center for Economic Growth (CEG) before taking on the President and CEO role. He was also on the Board of Inmedius, a government software solutions provider sold to Boeing in 2012. Additionally, he previously served as Chairman of Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce, Chairman for AeA's (TechAmerica) New York Council Executive Committee and was a member of National Board of Directors, Chair of the TechValley Portal Committee, Board of the American Marketing Association, Board of Associate Trustees of Siena College as Chair-elect , Editorial Board of Business Geographic's, Board of IA Systems, and the board for Apprenda, a middleware PAAS player.

Degree Program University
M.B.A. General University at Albany, SUNY
B.S. Marketing and Management Siena College

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

My philosophy of teaching is rather simple. I am trying to engage 100% of the students and I won't settle for anything less. Once students are engaged you can tailor their learning to their passions and make the class enjoyable for them as well. I try to bring in as much of my real world experiences as possible to give them context.

What I Love About Siena

What I love most about Siena is the community. It truly is like an extension of your family. The alumni is very supportive of the students and each other. The Friars have established a wonderful culture on campus that is often demonstrated by the fact that once you get here, you never want to leave and that includes the students.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

I like to teach Entrepreneurship and Strategy and though I haven't taught it yet my background as an executive would be a great fit to teach Leadership.

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2018 - Now Executive Director, Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Siena College
2017 - 2018 CEO Monolith Solar Associates, LCC
2016 - 2017 Vice President and Chief of Staff Siena College
2015 - 2016 Interim President & CEO Center for Economic Growth
2011 - Now Member/Investor Eastern New York Angels
2010 - 2015 Executive-in-Residence, School of Business Siena College
2010 - Now Lecturer in Management Siena College
2007 - 2007 President, Pitney Bowes MapInfo Pitney Bowes MapInfo
2007 - 2010 President, Pitney Bowes Business Insight & Corporate Officer PBI Pitney Bowes Inc
2002 - 2007 Chief Operating Officer & Corporate Officer MapInfo Corporation
2000 - 2002 Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing & Corporate Officer MapInfo Corporation
1999 - 2000 Group Vice President, Operations MapInfo Corporation
1998 - 1999 Vice President & GM, Information Business MapInfo Corporation
1997 - 1998 General Manager, Data Business MapInfo Corporation
1995 - 1997 Group Manager, International Products MapInfo Corporation
1993 - 1995 Manager Industry Programs, Fluorglas Products Division Allied Signal Corp
1990 - 1993 Program Manager, Aftermarket, Friction Materials Division Allied Signal Corp
1989 - 1990 Manager Business Planning Allied Signal Corp
1986 - 1989 Market Analyst Supervisor Allied Signal Corp

Awards & Distinctions

  • Tech Valley Hot 10 List - named to tech Valley's Hot 10 list of executives and government officials who make things happen in Tech Valley.
    Category: Other
    Tech Valley, 2008