Michael served in the Israel Defense Forces as a sergeant in the specialized combat unit Barkan. After his military service, Michael completed an advanced security and anti-terrorism training program at the Israel Security Academy under the oversight of the Israel Security Agency. He then joined the Israel Airport Authority where he worked as a security agent for Ben-Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. In 2005, he received an award for excellence for his performance at the agency.
In 2010, Michael was hired as the Special Operations Security Captain at the Mall of America in Minnesota. In this role, he developed, implemented, and managed a behavioral detection unit and various programs focused on counter-terrorism. These initiatives proved to be so effective that Michael presented them to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security as a model for security in the private sector.
Michael is a regular guest speaker at law enforcement conferences on counter-terrorism and other proactive security methods. He has trained a number of law enforcement and security agencies on counter-terrorism and tactical response techniques.
In addition, Michael works as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s Master of Science in Security Technology program. In this role, he teaches the principles of security risk assessment and the integration of psychology, behavior threat detection, and technology in a security operation.
Michael is a graduate of the Institute of Counter-Terrorism in the Interdisciplinary Center in Hertzliya, Israel, where he attended a masters level executive counter-terrorism studies program. He is a certified Krav Maga instructor and is fluent in Russian, Bulgarian, Hebrew, and English.