A lifelong member of the IS community, Michael Israel began his career in technology sales and rapidly progressed to the position of chief operating officer for a high-end, solutions based systems integration consulting firm. After gaining a wealth of experience consulting clients on best practices for IS management, in 2006 Michael joined Six Flags Entertainment Corporation as their Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer with the goal of putting these practices into action. Since coming on board with Six Flags, Michael has applied his more than 25 years of consulting expertise to rebuilding the IS infrastructure of this high profile, publicly-traded entertainment corporation. After totally redesigning the Six Flags IS structure, Michael has moved on to delving into every aspect of business operations. With a truly hands-on approach that has taken Michael into intimate contact with the challenges of the industry, he has championed a broad array of creative technology solutions, which have consistently contributed to improved efficiency, revenues, and profits of the corporation. Michael leads by example, mentoring his team, and building collaborative partnerships with executives throughout the organization. With unrelenting enthusiasm and energy, Michael has inspired all those who work with him to continually strive to achieve new heights of performance. Along with his industry experience, Michael’s skills as a business leader have been further enhanced through his participation in the MIT Executive Program in Corporate Strategy as well as his completion of the Executive Management MBA Program at St. John’s University.