Mike Scotti is an author, filmmaker, speaker, philanthropist, and veteran.
Mike served for four years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a Lieutenant. Prior to that, he served in Marine Corps Reserve for four years, attaining the rank of Corporal. He was among the first American troops into both Pakistan and Afghanistan in the Fall of 2001 as part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, acting as a forward observer with an infantry unit in Southern Afghanistan. Scotti deployed to Iraq in early 2003, where he commanded a detachment of forward observers, and fought with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, Fourth Marines. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V” for actions under fire, including destroying enemy strong point positions and neutralizing enemy forward observers.
After being honorably discharged, and working his way through his post-war darkness, Mike attended the New York University Stern School of Business, where he received a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance. While at NYU Stern, Mike founded the Military Veterans Club. He was also a founding Board of Director member of the military charity Reserve Aid, which has raised over $5 million and assisted over 4,000 veteran families in need.
After spending time as an associate in the Leveraged Finance Group at Credit Suisse as a distressed syndicated loan analyst, he left to assist with the turnaround of a $30 million distressed frozen foods distributor, acting as President and CFO for 18 months. He then traveled extensively in support of the worldwide release of his film SEVERE CLEAR, and then for the release of his memoir, THE BLUE CASCADE.
Mike lives in South Florida and is currently at work on a novel.