"You'll find your purpose and gain your competitive edge after listening to Mike." - Colleen, TX, 2017
*Featured in USA Today* WA Dept. of VA's Patriotism Award recipient * Parent Map's "Hero for Washington Families" recipient * Amway Corp's Patriotism Award recipient * Featured on FOX (Q13 - Seattle Affiliate) * Military Families expert * Interviewed by TodayShow.com, the Lars Larson Show, CBS Radio, iHeart and others!
"Mike Schindler and his staff are a superb team. Be prepared to get inspired." - JBLM leadership
"Schindler's message is compelling and geared to both corporate teams and military personnel, leaving audiences both entertained and educated!"
"We've had many Veteran's Day Assembly speakers at our high school before, but none like Mike! He spoke right to the heart of the student body. They found his message powerful and easy to hear, through his speaking skill, his very appropriate message, and his style. Teachers have reported to me what a great speaker he was. We highly recommend him to motivate your students to live a better life!" - Edmonds Woodway HS - 2017
About the Author
With over 20 years experience in both corporate and non-profit industries, Schindler is considered one of the nation's leading subject matter experts in leadership, leadership development, and Veterans transition issues.
Mike Schindler is known for his motivational messages and as an effective trainer and charismatic team leader. A U.S. Navy veteran, Mike is known throughout the US as a subject matter expert on leadership development, government relations, and veteran transition issues. He has over 20 years of experience in project management, coaching, and process improvement working in and with the military, startups, federal and state agencies, nonprofits, universities, and Fortune 500 companies.
He is the founder and chief executive officer of Operation Military Family Cares –– a Veteran-services 501 (c) (3) and solutions provider committed to helping Veterans and their families find success in their communities while providing world-class solutions to every industry that leverages America’s Greatest Asset – our military veterans. Those solutions improve industry morale, profits, engagement and retention.
Schindler also served as Program Manager of Community Engagement & Innovation for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. Mike managed AmericaServes community networks in the Western Region for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). Working across Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and Texas, with federal, state, and community-based organizations, Schindler empowered the development, launch and operation of high-performing coordinated networks of services, resources, and care that are dedicated to improving the lives of veterans, service members and their families. Schindler, an author and nationally recognized authority on leadership and veteran transition issues, led Communities of Practice across the Western United States that connect nearly 150 human service providers and combine the best practices and methodology of private business, research universities, and impactful military and veteran organizations in order to achieve their mission of optimizing the performance of human service providers that care for veterans. From Seattle to San Antonio, building Communities of Practice that share learning and seamlessly service clients from big cities to rural military-base communities is what Schindler and his team have become known for in the dozens of communities that they support every day.
Mike is a guest writer for several national publications, The Military Wire blog and is also the author of two books: “U.S. Veterans in the Workforce: Why the 7% are America’s Greatest Asset” and “Operation Military Family” - which was endorsed by retired General Tommy Franks and retired General Peter Chiarelli.
Mike has been featured on numerous national radio shows, including CBS radio, Entrepreneur Radio, the Lars Larson Show, is a key contributor on Q13 Fox TV in Seattle.
He and his wife, Keri, currently reside in Edmonds, Washington with their two daughters.
“Freedom is not free…and no one knows it better than military men and women and their families. Mike Schindler does a great job of giving practical, “how-to” pointers to help them strengthen their marriages. A great resource!” General Tommy Franks, former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Army (retired)
“I am confident that the resources you and your staff provide will be key in the wellness and treatment of our Soldiers and Families.” Pete Chiarelli, General, U.S. Army
“As a military mother, I value what Mike Schindler is doing to encourage and strengthen our military families.” Lucy A. Cain, Author - Secure the Fort (And Remain Under God), A Military Mother's Message to America 2007 Gold Medal Award for Best Anthology, Military Writers Society of America
“In December of 1991, while I was deployed onboard the submarine USS James Madison, a man dressed as a Christmas elf pulled up outside my house. Imagine the look on my young children’s faces – and their mother’s – as he gave my children a small gift and wished them a merry Christmas. That young man was Mike Schindler.
Mike’s lifelong commitment to caring for our military and their families is obvious. Mike has taken this calling and put together the most comprehensive and valuable resource for military families that I have seen in 20 years of active duty service. His book and his talk are as essential to military families as boots are to a soldier.” Mark Campbell, Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy (retired)
Raised over $2 million dollars for his small business initiative that resulted in improving how active duty transition to the civilian sector.
Founder and CEO of Operation Military Family Cares – a veteran services and solutions provider committed to helping Veterans and their families find success in their communities while providing world-class solutions to every industry that leverages America’s Greatest Asset – our military veterans. Those solutions improve industry morale, profits, engagement and retention.
Faculty/Staff trainer to colleges and universities on leadership, staff development and veterans’ topics.
Trained over 4500 troops and their families on leadership, workplace and personal relationship skills, and finances.
Past Regional President for a software development company – named as one of the top one hundred progressive industry leaders in RIS Magazine.
Designed and managed product development, beta testing, and product roadmap for pilot project serving five JBLM brigades.
Mapped over 80 major business processes, identifying and recommending a technology modernization plan and product roadmap based on customer needs.
Developed and proposed Defense-Sector Downsizing Framework Assessment for the state of Washington.
Author of two well-endorsed books Operation Military Family and US Veterans in the Workforce that showcases how families navigate multiple deployments and why military and veteran families are America’s Greatest Asset. Endorsed by General Tommy Franks and General Peter Chiarelli
· United States Navy veteran
· Certified Marriage Coach
· Certified SYMBIS Facilitator
· Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer