SVP Government RelationsAs the four-term Mayor of Mobile, Alabama (1989-2005), Mike led a strategic, economic development initiative in which a small public and private sector leadership team of dedicated professionals recruited $6 billion in foreign manufacturing investment and jobs. Those international investments in Mobile included Airbus’s A320, ThyssenKrupp, Arcelor/Mittal, Swedish and Canadian modern steel mills, Singapore Aerospace, Austal USA’s Navy combat ships and more. Their successful strategies included highly-competitive, state-legislated incentives and the construction of a new globally-competitive container port.
Mike has three decades of leadership and accomplishments in both the public and private sectors. As an active member of the Alabama League of Cities, the National Conference of Mayors, Alabama World Trade Association, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, State Commerce Commission and several dozen other public sector boards, Mike remains heavily involved in local, state and federal politics.
Prior to becoming Mobile’s Mayor, Mike co-founded QMS, Inc., an electronics company that went public in five years and was sold to Minolta in 1998. QMS supplied industrial automation solutions to automotive, aerospace and other fortune 500 companies. Mr. Dow served as Executive VP of Sales and Marketing with 60% of sales made to international customers.
After serving 16 years as Mobile’s Mayor, Mike once again joined his brother-in-law in the creation of Centralite Systems, Inc., supplying digital home automation solutions to Samsung/SmartThings, Lowe’s, Comcast, Time Warner, Schneider Electric, Arrow Electronics and others.
Mike is currently the Chairman of the U.S.A. Melton Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He is also a founding member of the Coastal Alabama Partnership, a regional strategic think tank of targeted economic development planning through the creation of a regional tourist destination for 15 million annual visitors. This plan includes a new eco-tourism economy connected by high speed ferries on Mobile’s delta, five rivers, bays and beaches.