Chief Executive Officer
In the 1970's and 80's, Michael co-founded and built one of the world's
largest waterbed manufacturing companies, which he later sold to the Ohio
Mattress Company (Sealy). His company was awarded more than a dozen US and
foreign patents and was a multiple "Manufacturer of the Year" recipient,
awarded by vote of US waterbed and specialty sleep products retailers.
During this period Michael also served 6 terms as president of the Waterbed
Manufacturers Association (today known as the Specialty Sleep Products
In the early 1970's, Michael designed multiple
temperature-controlled water ponds to aid the International Bird Rescue's
successful effort saving waterfowl from the hypothermia caused by a San
Francisco Bay Area oil spill. In the early 1980's Michael assisted the
large animal curator at the San Diego Zoo in designing heating systems to
reduce the effects of arthritis in Komodo Dragons and to help certain
species of wild dogs breed in captivity by better simulating their natural
habitats. In the early 1990's Michael organized a multinational relief effort
to send waterbeds to the Vishnevsky Burn Center in Moscow, where they were
successfully used to treat more than 100 survivors of a disastrous train
crash and explosion in the Ural Mountains.
More recently Michael has been an importer and home interior designer and
is a licensed general contractor. He resides in Los Angeles.