By the time he was 12 years old, Mike Sheehan knew three things about his future career: he’d start by pursuing something in sales, his ultimate goal was to become a CEO, and he wanted a foreign assignment. After graduating from the University of Indiana, Sheehan took a job with Honeywell, selling maintenance agreements. In 2004, he joined IntelliCentrics Inc., part of Taiwan-based VTC Electronics, a multinational security corporation. Today, the 44-year-old serves as CEO of the company, and has a residence in Taiwan. Check, check, and check. IntelliCentrics, which is based in Flower Mound, provides credentialing services to healthcare and other industries. It has had five consecutive years of triple-digit compounded annual growth.
I’m a native of Chicago.
My wife Linda and I have two children: Jack, age 14, and Emma, age 12.
Mowing lawns. I did that for about six years.
I cleaned pools in Chicago. It was hard work. But cleaning my bedroom to my mother’s standards was even harder.
Best Part of Current Job:
Being on the front lines and fighting the good fight for our employees and customers.
We didn’t use the recent economic downturn as an excuse. We were growing 300 percent through the downturn. I believe that business is a battle. We make the bold and difficult decisions every day. It was stressful to grow then, because everyone was saying the end was near.
We will grow by continuing to create. What we have done well is to architect and build our future.
I have the ability to go from visual to tactical at a moment’s notice.
The mission for us is to reach our full potential, and one of my strengths is a commitment to doing that, My weakness is failing to realize that everyone doesn’t share that goal.
I am always going to compete with my managers, with the underlying belief that they should whip my butt. They’re the experts. The goal is to provoke them. They win when I surrender, and I surrender when they beat me.
Three years into my employment here at IntelliCentrics, I was standing at a whiteboard telling our chairman how something was going to work, and my egocentric approach hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized that I’d stopped learning. I had become that guy who says it’s going to work this way because that’s the way it has always been done. I paused in mid-presentation, turned to the chairman and said, “I owe you an apology. For three years I have been pushing my agenda and not learning.”
I pick the restaurant based on the wine list, not the food.
Besides wine, I’m a part-time photographer. And these days, it’s all about my kids and spending time with them.
I have three things on my nightstand: The Prince and Other Writings, by Niccolò Machiavelli; The Culture Code, by Clotaire Rapaille; and the Breguet watch catalog. I don’t own one of the watches, but in my mind, I’m a collector.