Michael Potts served as an active RMI board member from 2005 to 2007 and then as its CEO from early 2007 until his departure in the summer of 2013. “My years with the RMI team, the trustees, and Amory,” he says, “were the most rewarding of my career.”
During Michael’s tenure, the RMI team established the “Reinventing Fire” strategy, sharply focusing RMI’s efforts toward accelerating the nation’s shift to a new energy era based on efficiency and renewable energy. This phase of RMI’s 30-plus-year evolution saw substantial increases in the scale and impact of the institute. A major outcome of this effort is Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era, authored by Chief Scientist Amory Lovins and RMI staff. RMI also established strategic initiatives such as Next-Generation Electricity and RetroFit (commercial buildings) to drive change.
Prior to RMI, Michael built high-performance teams to drive industry innovation. Michael was CEO of American Fundware, maker of the award-winning FundWare software suite for non-profits, which nearly tripled in revenue during his tenure and was acquired in 2002 by Intuit, maker of QuickBooks and TurboTax. In previous leadership roles at Recognition International, BancTec and IBM, Michael catalyzed dramatic company growth, domestically and internationally, in the fields of distributed computing and document image processing.
Michael received a BA from Beloit College in Wisconsin. In addition to his work at RMI, Michael serves on commercial and nonprofit boards that align with his passion for innovation and spiritual growth.