With a degree in economics and business from the Virginia Military Institute, Michael Erin serves as principal and managing partner at Progressive Management & Associates in Chicago. In his free time, Michael Erin enjoys following his favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.
In a recently released statement, the Cubs announced that Fly the W, the team’s 2016 championship season book, is now available for purchase. Covering events from the beginning of spring training to the November day when the Cubs finally clinched their first World Series title in more than a century, the 160-page hardcover book includes stories from the Daily Herald as well as personal essays from prominent members of the Cubs community, including Tom Ricketts, Joe Maddon, and Ryne Sandberg.
In addition to engaging text, the coffee-table book features nearly 100 full-color photographs taken by Steve Green, the Cubs’ photographer. Fly The W can be purchased on the team’s official website and from other online retailers.
Focusing on business and economics, Michael Erin obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. He then went on to serve as a captain in the US Armed Forces – Army, overseeing medical aid and safety for over 200 soldiers. Currently as the chief of staff and director of operations at Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Michael Erin directs the daily operations of the $4 million regional economic development company in southern Nevada. As a passionate fan, Mr. Erin enjoys following the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.
In an effort to improve youth softball and baseball fields across 14 Chicago neighborhoods, the Chicago Cubs donated in excess of $860,000 to 14 Diamond Project qualifying organizations in 2016. Since its inception in 2014, the organization’s Diamond Project charity has granted nearly $1.8 million to support 32 capital improvement projects and 28 youth leagues across Chicago.
As one of three signature charity programs, the Diamond Project awards funds to local, neighborhood-based, non-profit organizations to help provide accessible, safe, and quality local indoor training facilities or baseball fields. The Chicago Cub’s charities, in partnership with Daktronics, have also donated seven ballpark scoreboards to local youth softball and baseball parks.
Manager Joe Maddon
After more than a decade of service in the US Army, Michael Erin now works as a successful business development professional. Outside his professional life, Michael Erin enjoys watching his favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.
After faltering over a 24-game span before the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs have rebounded in the second half of the season, and the team’s confidence is ramping up in kind. The Cubs are at the front of the pack in the league, and have found themselves in the running to become the first to 70 victories.
Manager Joe Maddon attributes the team finding its way back to success to continuously pushing a mindset of confidence. In a recent interview, Maddon stressed his reliance on the psychological aspects of the game, believing so much in psychology, in fact, that he feels he could teach university classes on the subject when he isn’t managing the team.
Many of the team’s younger players, such as Carl Edwards, Jr., are benefiting from the emphasis on confidence and positive psychology.
In January 2014, Michael Erin joined Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) as a global initiatives manager. Away from the office, Michael Erin likes watching baseball, and he avidly supports the Chicago Cubs.
After 62 years at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona, the Chicago Cubs moved their spring training home to Cubs Park, also located in Mesa. The new facility, which opened in February 2014, was designed to resemble Chicago’s famous Wrigley Field, complete with a brick backstop and Chicago-style hot dogs. Able to seat 15,000 fans, the stadium’s proportions mirror that of its Midwest inspiration, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year. The Phoenix New Times recently named Cubs Park as the “Best Place to Watch Spring Training. Among its other amenities, Cubs Park is within walking distance of the Mesa Riverview shopping, dining, and entertainment center.
The Cubs will start the 2015 Cactus League spring training season on March 5th at home against the Oakland Athletics. For ticket information, please visit chicago.cubs.mlb.com.