Mike Mallaro is CEO of VGM Group, Inc. where he led the development of the employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). He began his tenure at VGM in 2001, serving as CFO until becoming CEO in 2016. Prior to VGM, he was CFO of a regional off-price retailer. He also spent 12 years as a CPA in an international accounting firm. During Mike’s tenure, VGM has consistently ranked as a Top Workplace in Iowa. In 2019, he received the Leadership Award for Large Employers from Iowa Top Workplaces, an award based on employee responses to the survey. Mike frequently speaks at regional and national conferences on topics including healthcare trends, financial benchmarks, business plan optimization, and strategic growth. He holds a B.B.A in accounting from The University of Iowa as well as CPA (inactive) and CMA designations.