President, Stone & Associates
Michael Stone founded Stone & Associates 22 years ago, after 9 years at Telesis, the strategic consulting arm of Towers Perrin. His work with clients has focused on strategy development projects that involve in depth external research and analysis to understand customer needs, generate market insights or devise successful competitive strategies in global markets. His client experience includes government/non-profit economic development organizations that serve manufacturing companies, Fortune 500 companies and small and mid-market industrial firms. His engagements have required an understanding of global markets throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Stone has developed extensive insight into small to mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs), based on dozens of major projects for the US Department of Commerce, mostly for the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) and the International Trade Administration (ITA). His breadth of experience encompasses major research efforts on the service needs and behavior of SMMs, and successful export and competitive strategies in global markets. He is also one of the principal architects of NIST MEP’s ExporTech program, an innovative, structured export growth program that has been highly successful in assisting hundreds of SMMs to enter or expand in global markets. As one of the program’s leaders, master facilitators and content developers, he has collaborated with export promotion organizations across dozens of states.