Mr. Michael Mckean is the Founder of Retailsphere. He is also the Founder and serves as Founder & Member Board of Directors at Knowland Group. He founded Knowland in 2004, growing the company to be the leading provider of data and analytics for the hospitality sector of the meeting and events industry. During the five years of his tenure prior to 2011, the company grew at a 5,763% growth rate, was featured multiple years on the Inc 500 list of fastest-growing U.S. companies, and was ranked as the fastest-growing technology company in its region by Deloitte in 2011. When he stepped down as CEO in July 2014 to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he was a Sloan Fellow, he continued as a Knowland board member. While at MIT some of his work included research into machine learning and artificial intelligence and scaling platform businesses, particularly in the commercial real estate ecosystem. He has been involved in funding, mentoring, and investing in a variety of technology and data companies. In addition to his role at Knowland, he is currently the founder of Retailsphere.com, a data, analytics, and leasing platform for the retail sector of the commercial real estate industry. He is a venture partner in a variety of technology and real estate private equity organizations and a member of the Young President's Organization (YPO). After the passing of CEO Bob Post in December 2020, he returned to Knowland management in the Interim CEO role for a limited time. He has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.