Prior to joining ThriftBooks, Mike Ward led the Development team at Wasatch Advisors, a financial advisor with assets under management of $10 billion. He has also worked as Webmaster for several Silicon Valley and Fortune 500 companies. Mike led the technology efforts as CIO at ThriftBooks for 7 years before moving into the CEO/President role in 2013. Mike also serves as a member of the ThriftBooks Board of Directors.
Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and four children skiing, mountain biking, hiking. He is a frequent runner and has run two marathons and several half marathons.
Mike reads a lot and enjoys a wide range of genres from fiction to business to science and everything in between. Some favorites include:
The Electric Life of Michael Faraday
The Fellowship of the Ring
My Side of the Mountain
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory
The OZ Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability
Keeper of the Lost Cities Series by Shannon Messenger
Growth - From Microorganisms to Megacities by Vaclav Smil
Until the End of Time : Mind, Matter, and Our Search for Meaning in an Evolving Universe by Brian Greene