Michael Akbar - Business Advisor


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Michael Akbar
The Bulldog at Business Owners’ Side

Michael Akbar Business Advisor

As a professional advisor Mr. Michael Akbar has dedicated himself to helping other business owners, executives, and individuals who want to start new ventures, achieve more. He has discovered public speaking as a passion that has helped him share his experience with his audiences who have enjoyed his talks on numerous motivational and business topics. He lives in Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland and works as business advisor and executive coach with clients nationwide, often serving as an external facilitator for his client organizations..

One of his recent articles in Scotsman Guide addresses alternative sources of funding and commercial loans for business owners.

Michael Akbar’s experience as a senior executive includes working in start-up, maturity and growth business environments. He has a unique blend of sales, marketing and operations experience in manufacturing, technology and services sectors. Throughout his years in business, including 10 years with IBM and GE, Mr. Akbar has demonstrated strong people, process, and leadership skills offering strategic and tactical leadership during significant transition and growth business cycles. During each cycle Michael Akbar was instrumental in:

  • Driving revenue and profit growth to unprecedented levels.
  • Designing performance-driven corporate cultures.
  • Building highly motivated teams.
  • Selecting and retaining loyal supplier networks.
  • Controlling costs without adversely impacting growth objectives.
  • Implementing state-of-the-art operations technologies.
  • Spearheading multi-channel sales and marketing strategies to capture new market segments and high-value customers

Examples of his achievements include assisting business owners thrive in harsh economic conditions, assisting in identification and development of new markets, devising a flexible marketing mix including highly effective incentive models for distribution channels, crafting an organizational structure flexible in addressing the resultant rapid growth in sales volumes while maintaining and improving the quality of service by extending systemized and integrated operational support systems to clients and suppliers, continuous improvement in productivity rates through introduction of internal measurement and compensation programs, improving revenue projection systems, and further enhancement of profit margins by building an aggressive and loyal supplier chain.


  • Accredited Business Advisor – The Institute for Independent Business (IIB)
  • Certified Diagnostics Coach – Coaching, Mentoring, Training International (CMT)
  • Masters degree – City University London
  • Bachelors degree – McGill University


  • President – Metro Washington Entrepreneurs Club
  • Member – Toastmasters International
  • Member – Business Network International
  • Candidate Member – National Speakers Association
  • Board Member at large – IIB Mid-Atlantic Region