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Michael D. Alter

Director, CEO The Tie Bar

Michael Alter is the Chief Executive Officer of The Tie Bar, LLC. Founded a decade ago on the premise that a well‐made tie shouldn’t cost a fortune, The Tie Bar has become the #1 e‐commerce destination for stylish men’s accessories. Previously, Michael was a co-founder and CEO of SurePayroll, a Chicago-based technology company that is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex. He joined SurePayroll in 2000 after five-and-a-half years with McKinsey and Company, where he was a founder and leader in the Service Operations Practice. Prior to receiving his MBA from the Harvard Business School, Michael worked in various sales positions at IBM. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern.

Michael serves on the Illinois Technology Association board of directors and maintains active memberships in the Young Presidents’ Organization, Executives’ Club of Chicago, and the Economic Club of Chicago. In 2012 he was named the Illinois Technology Association CityLIGHTS CEO of the Year.

Michael is a nationally recognized spokesman on small business issues and for years was a columnist for He appears regularly in media outlets across the country, including Bloomberg TV, the Wall Street Journal and Entrepreneur magazine.