Michael Myers

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Michael Myers joined the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Athens Area Office< on October 1, 2015. Before joining the SBDC, Michael was a C-Level executive in the retail  industry for 23 years and has owned his own Contract Consulting firm. Michael has extensive knowledge in the area of franchising, being both a Franchisor and Franchisee. A native of Kansas City, Mo, Michael and his wife Debbie own and operate a small franchised business in the Athens Area.


  • BSBA – Financial Management – University of Northern Colorado
  • MBA – Management  – University of Phoenix


  • Vice President of Operations – Luxottica – Sears Optical North America  – day-today operations of 700+ Retail Optical and Optometrist offices located in within and Sears retail location.
  • Vice President Operations – Solantic Urgent Care managing he day-to-day operations of 35 Urgent Care Centers in the State of Florida
  • President and COO – Back Yard Burgers, Inc. – Michael lead the successful turnaround and subsequent sale of this Publicly traded Restaurant Company.


  • Michael has earned the “Food Management Professional” certification form the National Restaurant Association.
  • “Restaurant Finance Monitor”  – top Performing Restaurant Stock of the year – 2002.