Mike Inman of TableForce
Mike Inman: Managing Partner

Negotiation Skills Expertise

Having trained negotiators on 6 continents in 30+ countries and negotiated personally from both the sales and procurement sides of the table, Mike is uniquely qualified to offer critical real-world examples and in-depth analysis to class case studies and discussion. Mike has first hand experience working in industries including manufacturing, defense, airlines, technology, publishing, and gaming/hospitality. Adding to his depth, Mike has successfully worked deals (4 of which have been in excess of $100 million) with people ranging from entry to C-level, and from straight commodities to strategic relationship opportunities.

See and Hear Mike in Action: CIPS London

Trained in Negotiation Consulting and Business Management

With 15 years of experience at world class Fortune 500 companies, Mike has been the beneficiary of ongoing negotiation training throughout his career. Building upon his extensive practical experience in contract negotiations and strategic deal structuring, Mike has also continued his academic training through corporate and personal investments at some of the nation’s leading academic programs, including:

  • MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Negotiations for Executives
  • Harvard Business School, Executive Education Programs: Negotiations, Change Management
  • Finance Kellogg School of Management
  • Northwestern University, Executive Education Program: Lean Operations
  • University of Southern California (USC) Viterbi School of Engineering, BS, Aerospace Engineering

Negotiation Career Highlights

Being responsible for over $1 billion in spend and consistently delivering value through negotiating a variety of complex, strategic deals throughout his career has enabled Mike to be recognized by his management, peers, teammates, and counterparts as a leader in the realm of real world professional negotiations. He brings an understanding of what’s on the other side’s sheet of paper through broad and deep sales and purchasing experience that includes every level (from individual contributor to C level) in categories that span direct & indirect, products & services, and capital & operating expenses.

  • MGM Resorts International — Head of Global Procurement (1 of 3 reporting to CAO) responsible for the strategic sourcing of Food & Beverage, and IT & Professional Services (including Advertising & Marketing, Aviation & Travel, Consulting, and HR initiatives).
  • IAC/InterActiveCorp (and its operating business Entertainment Publications) — Vice President of Procurement and Production, built the first cross company functional team, Strategic Sourcing, whose efforts generated $100M in cost reduction and improved value in the first year primarily through negotiations.
  • American Airlines (formerly America West Airlines) — Director of Purchasing, including traditional negotiations as well as reverse auction experience.
  • General Motors / Raytheon / PointGlobal — Purchasing and supply chain positions managing a global manufacturing base.
  • Kenmar — Sales Manager for engineered OEM automotive products from Australia, Brazil, and Italy to Chrysler, Ford, and GM.

Family and Interests

Mike enjoys spending time with his family, critical thinking exercises, and playing beach volleyball.