Mr. Ferris has been a Founder, Chairman and CEO of several companies throughout his 20-year career.
Michael began his entrepreneurial aspirations in 1992 after playing football at Missouri Southern State University. Soon thereafter, Mr. Ferris moved to Florida and started TBR Asset Management. After cutting his teeth on his first start-up, Michael founded Valet Waste and spent 17 years creating a market-innovative company that changed the way waste, recycling and technology combined to provide best in class services to the multifamily sector.
Michael and his partners secured early sponsorship from Charterhouse Equity Partners. Soon thereafter New Mountain Capital provided funding and the company continued to grow throughout the United States. After years of successful growth both Mr. Ferris and New Mountain exited the investment to Ares and Harvest Partners.
Michael helped guide this first of kind service from a start-up to a nationally recognized enterprise with over 3,500 employees in 33 states.
In 2012 Mr. Ferris founded Cerca Trova Holdings. Cerca Trova has two related investments.
Abacode Technologies – www.abacode.com
Abacode is a world-class cybersecurity firm which has co-developed a 24/7 monitoring solution for small to medium enterprises. This monitoring program, called Cyber Lorica, is an alarm system for your IT infrastructure. Abacode’s background in ethical hacking (white hats), corporate governance and thought leadership in global cyber risk provides its clients with guidance and proactive solutions including but not limited to; cybersecurity assessments, training, penetration testing, vulnerability scans and forensic investigations.
OccamMD - www.occammd.com
Occammd is an industry award winning technology firm focused on the turn-key design and development of intelligent products and devices throughout the world. With offices inside CAMLS (Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation), occammd has special expertise in real-time embedded controls & communications systems. Core markets are healthcare, aerospace & defense and consumer IoT (Internet of Things).
Mr. Ferris is very active in many industry associations and currently sits on several International Committees and The Real Estate Round Table while traveling throughout the US, LATAM and Europe. Mike is involved in numerous business organizations and was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. Mike enjoys working with innovative companies and in this effort has been a Judge for EY from 2012 – 2016.
Mr. Ferris is a proud contributor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation in Quantico Virginia.
Michael and his wife, Merbaliz, reside in the Tampa Bay area with their three small boys.