Mike Forster is a retired executive with more than 50 years of sales, marketing, and general management experience in the information technology industry. Most recently he served as the CEO and Chairman of CommerceQuest, Inc., a SaaS (software as a service) company located in Tampa, FL.
Mike is an electrical engineering graduate of MSU and began his career in high tech as a salesman for the IBM Corporation. Twenty-four years later, he was a division Vice-President responsible for IBM’s nationwide marketing to colleges and universities. He left IBM to join Computervision as president of their international division, a position which took him to Munich Germany for 3 years. There he had responsibility not only for the company’s deep presence in Western Europe, but also for its developing business throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Since his return to the USA in 1993, he has been the CEO of 2 software companies, managing successful liquidity events for both companies. For the past 12 years he has been in the venture capital world as a Managing Director of the Internet Capital Group, a public company specializing in software as a service (SaaS) company investments.