Reference / Recommendations

Have coached and mentored hundreds over the past 20 years, have too many references and recommendations to post here.  I’ll be happy to connect you to any one of my past pro bono clients or connections.


Ashley TroutmanAshley Troutman

Host | Producer | On-Camera Personality | Content Creator | Spokesperson | Writer

“The opportunity to work with Mike and the MBAR Group has revamped my entire career and given me the tools and inspiration necessary to garner success. Mike is by far the best coach I have ever worked with; he asks questions that boost critical thinking and offers answers that will open your eyes to new opportunities. He’s able to motivate in a way that will have you running to the top of the mountain you’re trying to climb, in the best way. The amount of passion he has for helping people is inspiring in itself, and the experience and insight he has to offer is priceless. Mike is an exceptional human being and anyone lucky enough to work with him will quickly learn that.”


Michael Kelly

Media/Communications Specialist | Storyteller | TV Anchor/Reporter | Emmy Award Winner

“I began a career transition that included a move across the country as well as an opportunity to look at a number of new industries and roles. I was exploring ways to transfer the skills from my career in broadcast journalism. I needed a coach to help frame my work in a way that would be relevant to prospective employers. Mike was there when I reached out and quickly became a terrific sounding board. Mike has made my transition easier knowing I have an always approachable mentor just a call or email away.”


Drew Wilder

News Anchor at WWBT/NBC12 Raycom Media

“I reached out to Mike with a couple of questions regarding some best practices around career management and personal branding. Not only did I get an almost immediate response but I also found him to be highly engaged, committed to answering my questions, but most importantly, personally interested in my near term success. He challenged me to think about my 2020 strategy and helped me work through some challenging career decisions. I consider him a coach and mentor I can always ping without reservation as I take on the next steps in my career”.


Myrna Brown

Writer/Producer/On-Air/Voice Over Talent

“In 2012, I was nominated to participate in the Cox Enterprise’s Mentoring Program and was very fortunate to have been paired with Mike as my mentor. Not only do we share many values important to me, but Mike created an environment that I could freely share my thoughts, challenges, and opportunities. He made an effort to go beyond the four walls of my professional career and helped me recognize my personal talents and encouraged me to pursue excellence beyond the frame I had originally created. Today, he still finds the time to mentor all that approach him and he also continues to find time for me. I always look forward to connecting with Mike as my valued career partner and sharing not only my successes, but my challenges as well. Mike is honest and has a tremendous depth of insight. I am thankful our paths crossed and continue to intersect.”