MIKE KINNEY takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. He intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking and drives material business advantage. He is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time remaining grounded in financial information that levers the business. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic partners and establishing governance boundaries, Mike earns a seat at the table wherever he serves.
Mike is a member of the Minnesota BBQ Society and KCBS as a Certified BBQ Judge. He has studied some of the top pitmasters in the country and practices those skills in his backyard.
Currently, as Sales Support Supervisor for UPS, Mike oversees the daily sales operation of his district. In 2015, Mike was ranked in the top 100 sales people domestically at UPS, earning their prestigious World of Champions and Sales Excellence awards. He currently sits as Chairperson on the UPS Northern Plains District Veterans Resource Group where he organizes fundraisers and volunteer events in collaboration with veteran-related non-profits across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Mike Kinney earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Minnesota State University – Mankato, with an emphasis in creative writing, where he could be utilized as a monthly contributor for the National Barbecue News. Mike is also a veteran of the Army National Guard and enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and twin sons.