Mike has always “loved numbers” and his UC Co-op experience at Continental Can, combined with his accounting classes, turned his love into a fulfilling career. The oldest of six children and the first college graduate in his family, Mike still considers Cincinnati his hometown, even though he has lived in Chicago for 23 years. Two of Mike's younger brothers (Gregory and Jim) also attended UC.
After earning his B.A. in Accounting from UC, Mike began working for U.S. Shoe Corporation. He attended Xavier University part-time while working for U.S. Shoe and earned his Masters of Business Administration Degree in Accounting and Finance. He eventually joined Price Waterhouse where he founded the Data Warehousing Practice and was responsible for the overall strategy, leadership and guidance of the Industry's first and leading Business Intelligence Services Practice.
Currently the Global Leader for IBM’s Big Data Analytics Practice, Mike has twice been named as one of the world’s top “25 Most Influential Consultants” by Consulting Magazine. UC continues to benefit from Mike’s expertise in business analytics - he is a member of the Board of Advisors of the UC Center for Business Analytics, and he is proud of the fact that IBM recently recruited two of the top UC MBA students from this Program.
Mike paid his own way through college and saw the Proudly Cincinnati Capital Campaign as an opportunity to give something back to the school by establishing the Michael Schroeck Endowed Scholarship Fund dedicated to the Business Analytics Program. He has also funded a similar scholarship at his Alma mater, LaSalle High School in Cincinnati.
But numbers aren’t his only interest. His love of horses began when Mike and some of his Price Waterhouse partners formed a syndicate and began racing thoroughbred horses on the east coast. As he freely admits, “at the beginning, I didn’t know which end of the horse came out of the gate first.” One of their horses, Awad, won the Arlington Million in 1995, setting an Arlington Park course record for 1¼ miles in 1:58.69. Mike now owns a small stable in the Chicago area. His children love these wonderful animals and Mike enjoys spending time at the Track with family and friends and taking them back to the barn to feed peppermint candy to the horses after the races. In addition to watching his horses run, Mike enjoys running himself and has completed 28 marathons in various cities across the country, including having run the Chicago Marathon six times and also the Flying Pig Marathon in Cincinnati.
Speaking of children, Mike’s two oldest children are adults and finished with school. But his youngest son, who is 12 years old, has a wardrobe of Bearcat sweatshirts and hats and had a great time at the UC-DePaul game a couple of weeks ago. Who knows? Maybe he’ll carry on the UC tradition started by his dad.
Thanks for your dedication to UC and the Center for Business Analytics, Mike.