Michael Alter
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Michael Alter is the Chief Executive Officer of The Tie Bar, LLC. Previously, Michael was a co-founder and CEO of SurePayroll, a SaaS technology company that is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex®. Alter co-founded SurePayroll in 2000 after six years with McKinsey and Company, where he was a co-founder and leader of its Service Operations Practice. Prior to receiving his MBA from the Harvard Business School, Alter worked in various sales positions at IBM. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Northwestern University.Alter is also an active board and advisory board member for leading industry and entrepreneurial organizations including: Board Member for Nambe — a leading design and lifestyle brand known for their award-winning tabletop giftware, Board Member for MAX Systems — the SaaS leader in Mobile Showroom and Digital Performance Management for Auto Dealers, and Chicago Chapter Officer for the Young Presidents' Organization. A past recipient of the Illinois Technology Association CityLIGHTS CEO of the Year Award, Alter has been a nationally recognized spokesman on business issues, having served as a columnist for INC.com and appearing regularly in media outlets nationwide, including Bloomberg TV, and the Wall Street Journal.


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