A successful entrepreneur, Mike Whitaker is an expert on personal and professional decision-making, turnarounds, and strategic planning. He is a no-nonsense technology CEO as well as speaker on topics that involve critical thinking about the future, offering unique perspectives and world-class solutions to help people achieve their goals.
“My last paycheck from someone else occurred in 1994 after three corporate jobs of one year each following college graduation. In those jobs I noticed how only a handful of people at the top tended to prosper and had income certainty while everyone else was a pawn in the game. It scared me to see the majority of workers have very little control of their income growth and work/life happiness. I concluded that I was the only person who really cared about my long-term success and thus, I needed to gain control. For 24 years I have awoke each day intending to create something from nothing – for myself and my family. I must make it happen and I am very experienced in figuring out how to do it.”
Whitaker is the CEO of GuestX, an enterprise software platform for leading tourist attractions desiring ticketing, guest engagement and social media. Mike is the founder of Idea Gateway, a company that specializes in launching new businesses, providing expertise and capital for entrepreneurs. He is also a co-founder and board member for RevTech, a Dallas-based technology accelerator, and serves as a board member of Lucas Color Card, a data product manufacturer he founded in 1995. These endeavors put Whitaker on the front lines of what is changing in business, technology, and for the American worker.
“As a 49-year-old Gen-X entrepreneur, I have 30 years of work experience in manufacturing and service businesses. I am in the bull’s-eye of awareness of what is currently going on in the job market. I travel the world. I have employed hundreds, I advise dozens of businesses, I invest closely in businesses and see their trends, I develop technology that is removing jobs, I have two college-aged children for whom I worry about their career and income prospects – and I wrote The Decision Makeover – a landmark book that defines how personal success is achieved by purposely making good decisions.”
Whitaker received his bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Kansas and earned his MBA from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. He is married and has three children who are also on the journey of discovering their passions, goals, and paths toward success. Mike participates in competitive trapshooting, his favorite sport.