Michael K. Pearson (“Mike”) is the Principal of Michael K. Pearson Consulting. He specializes in business strategy and operations consulting for for-profit and nonprofit C-Suite decision makers. Mike is an experienced CEO that founded and led prominent Philadelphia-based Union Packaging, LLC. (UP). The triple bottom-line UP was sold in May 2019, to LBP Manufacturing LLC., a subsidiary of Pritzker Private Capital.
A widely respected leader with more than 23 years of social entrepreneurial experience, Mike possesses a personal ethos of giving back to the community and works to instill those values in the business community. Never looking at charitable giving as an expense, he sees support of programs for the underserved and economic development as investments in the nation’s future. He lives the ethos he preaches, serving on several boards, including those representing, the Philadelphia Foundation, The Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the William Penn Foundation. Mike also serves on the City of Philadelphia Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.
He was formerly involved with the boards of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Committee of Seventy ACHIEVEability, the Economic and Community Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, the Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Council for Pennsylvania, the U.S. Small Business Administration National Small Business Development Center Advisory Board, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children among others.
In 2019, EY Greater Philadelphia presented Mike with the Social award for his lifelong commitment to community stewardship and fostering diversity in business. In 2018, he received the Urban League of Philadelphia Community Leadership Award. In 2015, The Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council recognized Michael K. Pearson and Union Packaging as MBE Advocate of the Year. A – Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm, presented its first Business Leadership in Diversity Award to Mike for his longstanding commitment to fostering diversity in business within the Philadelphia business community. Also, in 2015, UP received The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 2015 GPCC Diversity and Inclusion Award based on UP’s continued commitment to diverse hiring practices and for initiatives to expand and promote diversity and inclusion. That same year, Mike was named an Outstanding Director by the Philadelphia Business Journal for service on the PHMC board and received the Inner-City Capital Connections Urban Impact Award. Union Packaging was selected as the 2014 Goodwill of Delaware & Delaware County Workforce Partnership Employer of the Year.
In 2013, UP cracked the Black Enterprise 2013 100 Largest Black Businesses in the United States at 98 on the list. UP was ranked as one of the 2013 fastest-growing, privately held businesses in the Philadelphia region by the Philadelphia 100®, the Wharton Small Business Development Center, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum of Greater Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. The Minority Supplier Diversity Council of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware selected UP as the 2013 Class III Supplier of the year.
In 2012, the Urban League of Philadelphia presented the Spirit of Innovation Award to UP and Mike was the recipient of the African & Caribbean Business Council’s Atlas Award for Advancing Opportunity. In 2010, Mike received the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award and was honored by Richard E. Marriott, Chairman of the Marriott Foundation for hiring young adults with disabilities. Burger King Corporation selected UP 2006 Supplier of the Year for outstanding performance in their procurement system. In 2005, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Philadelphia District Office selected Mike as Eastern Pennsylvania Small Businessperson of the Year. In 2007 the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce honored Mike and UP as Manufacturer of the Year at its small business awards ceremony. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency selected UP the 2007 Minority Manufacturer of the Year.