Michael has more than 20 years of experience in the training industry in both the government and private sectors. He is responsible for all technical training and certification, learning infrastructure, technology, learner management and eLabs at Riverbed for employees, partners and customers. Before joining Riverbed in 2014, Michael was Director of Training for VMware where he spearheaded a $60+ million dollar training business. Prior to VMware Michael was the Global VP of Training at Computer Associates. While in the Government sector Michael was head of linguistic training and testing at the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Air Force. He specialized in distance learning and certification for all military and civilian Chinese Mandarin linguists worldwide. In 1995, the NSA director and the Joint Chiefs of Staff awarded USAF the prestigious Keystone Award for advancements in crypto-linguistics. He has been published in numerous magazines and periodicals, is widely considered an expert in learning technologies and collaborative learning. Michael is also currently a board member of The Orphan Foundation (www.theorphanfoundation.org).