A longtime consultant and economic development leader, Michael Erin serves as a partner and associate consultant with Progressive Management & Associates in Chicago. Outside of his professional life, Michael Erin pursues a diverse range of hobbies that includes attending the opera, traveling to foreign countries, and collecting rare books.
Though the rare book industry may not seem like the ideal setting for a thrilling heist film, that’s exactly what attendees of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival were treated to during a screening of American Animals, a film based on a real-life heist of millions of dollars worth of rare books. The film follows the exploits of four college students at Transylvania University in Kentucky and their plot to steal rare editions of John James Audubon’s Birds of America and Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species from the school library.
Directed by Bart Layton, the film is based on a 2015 Vanity Fair article detailing the heist, which occurred in 2004 and left a librarian injured. Starring Evan Peters and Blake Jenner, the film earned rave reviews at Sundance and will be released in theaters in the summer of 2018.
Michael Erin leads Progressive Management (PM) as CEO and provides a host of knowledgeable solutions in the dental and healthcare advisory spheres. A theater and opera enthusiast, Michael Erin also enjoys reading literary works and collecting rare books.
One 20th century American author highly sought-after by collectors is Ernest Hemingway, with his initial 1923 volume Three Stories and Ten Poems printed in only 300 copies. If the unprinted glassine sleeve is still attached, the edition can increase significantly in value. In 2012, a copy of the book featuring an inscription to the editors of The Little Review, which was known for publishing T. S. Eliot and James Joyce, achieved $68,500 at auction.
Even rarer is Hemingway’s second volume “in our time,” which was published in 1924 in an edition of 170 in 1924. This contrasts with the better-known American volume In Our Time, which was published in 1925.
A distinguishing factor for collectors, when considering Hemingway’s early novels is the difficulty of securing copies of The Sun Also Rises (1926) and The Torrents of Spring (1926) with dust jackets in good condition. The British version of The Sun Also Rises, entitled Fiesta, is even rarer than its American counterpart, and a copy of the novel can expect to fetch a premium.
Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Michael Erin is the chief of staff and director of operations for The Las Vegas Global Economics Alliance, where he has worked since 2014. In his free time, Michael Erin enjoys golfing, sailing, and traveling.
For people who enjoy sailing, traveling opens up opportunities for new sailing adventures. One of the best destinations for sailing enthusiasts is Croatia, with its long Adriatic coastline that stretches more than 1100 miles. The coastline offers gorgeous sandy beaches and verdant green slopes and olive groves as well as Roman ruins and lovely towns perfect for exploring and grabbing a bite to eat. In addition to visiting the smaller towns, travelers should be sure to stop by the walled city of Dubrovnik.
Furthermore, Croatia’s turquoise waters encompass nearly 1200 islands, including the popular Hvar as well as more remote islands such as Elafiti and Kornati.
There are many routes to sail Croatia but one of the most popular is traveling from Split to Dubrovnik, which takes approximately 8 days.
The holder of a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Virginia Military Institute, Michael Erin served 11 years in the United States Army, leaving the service at the rank of captain before pursuing business interests in Las Vegas and Chicago. In addition to serving as a partner of Progressive Management & Associates, Michael Erin is a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The IEDC is a nonprofit membership organization that provides leadership and drive economic development activity through networking opportunities. One of the major networking events hosted by the IEDC is the Economic Future Forum. This year’s event is taking place from June 24 to 26 in Buffalo, New York, and will be attended by more than 300 economic development professionals. It will include interactive learning sessions, discussions on global shifts in economic policy and development, and in-depth examinations of real case studies.
Topics for educational sessions include “The Deal with Data Scientists,” “Waterfronts: On the Banks of a New Economic Development Opportunity,” and “The Benefits of Transit-Oriented Development.” There will also be roundtable discussions on development in a diverse range of sectors such as entertainment, education, and energy. Prominent guest speakers scheduled to attend the event include Melina Cordero, Americas head of retail research with CBRE, and Jarred Kessler, CEO of EasyKnock.
International Economic Development Council
Michael Erin is an experienced financial services executive who has served as CEO of Chicago’s Progressive Management since 2016. In addition to his responsibilities with Progressive, Michael Erin sits on the board of directors for San Francisco’s catalyst s+f and holds membership in multiple professional associations, including the International Economic Development Council.
A nonprofit organization with more than 5,000 members, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is dedicated to helping economic development professional build healthy, stable, competitive communities. One of the resources the IEDC provides to its members, the Economic Development Reference Guide, is also available to the public through the organization’s website.
The IEDC Economic Development Reference Guide helps professionals and the organizations they serve define and pursue appropriate courses of economic development with an emphasis on job creation and retention, enhancing the quality of life and improving the tax base. Key elements of economic development, according to the Guide, include business retention/expansion, brownfield redevelopment, and e-commerce development.