Michael D. Alter

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

Michael Alter is a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Alter was the Executive Chairman (and former Interim CEO) of Vanco, the largest provider of e-giving payment solutions to the faith-based and education communities. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer of The Tie Bar, LLC – the #1 e‐commerce destination for stylish men’s accessories.

Prior to The Tie Bar, 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 as a Consultant with McKinsey and Company. 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 Vanco, Board Member for Nambe — a leading design and lifestyle brand known for their award-winning tabletop giftware, and, previously, a 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