Michael is the second generation to lead Global Water Technology, Inc. The company was founded by his mother, Maria Villarreal-Byerley in 1990. Michael joined GWT in 2009 as an intern and was hired full time following his graduation from Northwestern University. During his first few years with the company Michael directed much of his day time activity to the field, providing on-site technical service and account management to clients and prospective clients. Michael simultaneously assumed day to day operation of the company’s administrative, vendor management, sales, and marketing activities, often executing these job functions before and after his field duties. It was during this time and by working closely with GWT’s various teams, that Michael was able to develop his understanding of the technical side of GWT’s products and services and gain perspective of the water treatment industry as a whole. The time he spent in various roles has helped Michael to create a progressive, customer and employee centric approach to growing a sustainable water treatment firm.
Under Michael’s leadership, first as Vice President and most recently as President & CEO, GWT has overshot all growth goals, achieving a 35% or higher growth rate for the past (8) years through high organic growth and the execution of six (6) acquisitions. Michael has also led the efforts to expanded “boots on the ground” service to ten (10) states, increase service and fulfillment capabilities across the United States, establish four (4) terminals across the United States, launch GWT’s headquarters (R&D, laboratory, production, and training facility) and start up many new high grossing product and service lines. Some of the products and services added under Michael’s leadership include Water Safety Solutions (ASHRAE Compliant Water Management Programs), Waste Water Solutions (equipment, design, and chemical), and Maintenance and Janitorial Solutions. These new product lines account for nearly 25% of GWT’s re-occurring revenue today.
Under Michael’s leadership, GWT has positioned itself to continually achieve high growth while maintaining the company’s commitments to a positive employee and customer first culture, transparency, communication, quality of service, and technical resourcefulness which his mother founded the company on 30 years ago. GWT is certified as a local and national Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) by the State of Illinois (CMS), City of Chicago, Cook County, Chicago Minority Supplier Diversity Council (CMSDC), and the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC).