A former banker turned entrepreneur, Michael Dougherty has worked with several early stage companies in industries including technology, engineering, green infrastructure, and entertainment. Mike takes a customer-centric approach to business and enjoys connecting purpose with value.
Mike is CEO and Co-Founder of Breakwall Analytics, an IoT company that delivers actionable insight to organizations that manage and maintain physical assets. The sensor-based data collection and analytics platform is remotely accessible, empowering offsite managers to optimize asset use and proactively diagnose potential issues.
Mike is also the Founder of SmartMulch, a startup that reimagines mulch as compact tiles that are lightweight to transport and expand to the perfect depth by just adding water. Delivered in zero-waste packaging, SmartMulch is the easy, clean, and hassle-free alternative to traditional bagged mulch.
Mike spent almost 15 years in banking (most recently as Senior Vice President with RBS / Citizens Bank), and was recognized as a creative and tactical thinker and senior leader in the Ohio marketplace. Mike was appointed to the President’s Leadership Team, which set the strategic plan for Ohio and was named to the firm’s Charitable Contribution Committee.
Mike is a Cleveland Bridge Builders alum (2014), was elected to the Ohio City, Inc. Board of Directors (2010-2013) and served in a variety of roles for this neighborhood community development corporation including co-chairing the Marketing Committee, which directed the organization’s rebranding effort for Ohio City, Inc., the Market District, the Ohio City neighborhood, and the West Side Market.
Mike, his girlfriend, and their Boston terrier have enjoyed living in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland since 2006. Mike is an ambassador of all things CLE, balances fitness interests with foodie cravings, and for several years ran a dryly humored Cleveland Browns blog beginning in 2012.
Mike has an undergraduate degree in Finance from Baldwin Wallace University.