Michael Laney

michael laney davis groupStrategic Partner

Michael Laney is Owner at M Laney & Associates, Member at The Board Group. He has over thirty-five years of senior level executive management experience as President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer specializing in strategic planning, SEC and financial operations, marketing and promotion, management information systems and organizational planning.  Industries served include consumer products, aerospace, electronics and metals distributions, manufacturing, education and the entertainment industry.  Laney was a senior executive at Walt Disney Feature Animation and then founded and led Warner Bros. Feature Animation as Senior Vice-President and built two animation studios that developed, produced and subsequently released two animated movies.

Michael also has entrepreneurial experience by founding and building his CPA firm in Beverly Hills during the 1970’s.  He gained his CPA certificate in California and was a professional at Haskins & Sells, now Deloitte & Touche.  Michael has also held teaching positions as Assistant Professor of Accounting at California State University, Northridge and was on the teaching staff for the Management Course for Presidents for the American Management Association.  Michael founded his consulting firm, Laney & Associates, in 2001 which provides strategic and operational planning, marketing strategies, financial management and organizational development.  He also conducts workshops on team development utilizing the Myers-Briggs Temperament Indicator.

Executive Management Positions
Senior Vice-President:  Warner Bros. Feature Animation
Vice-President of Operations:  Walt Disney Feature Animation
Office of the President, Vice-President, CFO:  Dacor
President:  Children’s Wonderland, Inc.
President:  Cool Roof of California, Inc.
Vice-President, Controller:  Ducommun, Inc.
Sr. Vice-President, COO and CFO:  Monarch Mirror Door, Inc. (Stanley Works)
Chief Financial Officer:  Education Management Systems, Inc.

Professional Associations
Association for Corporate Growth
Financial Executives Institute
Association for Psychological Type
American School Counselors Association
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
California Society of Certified Public Accountants
Woodland Hills Country Club
Board Associations
BDS Marketing, Inc.—Board of Advisors
Industrial Metal Supply Co.—Board of Advisors
Perceptronics, Inc.—Board of Directors (NASDAQ)
Childrens’ Wonderland, Inc.—Board of Directors (OTC)
Cool Roof of California, Inc.—Board of Directors
Ducommun, Inc.—Chief Accounting Officer/SEC officer

Education
M.B.A., Management, University of California, Los Angeles
B.S., cum laude, California State University, Northridge
Management Course for Presidents, American Management Association
Program on Negotiation, Harvard University
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Qualifying Program, Center for Applications of Psychological Type

Books
Co-author:  Introverts and Extroverts in Love:  Making it Work When Opposites Attract, New Harbinger Publications, 2007
In progress:  Author, Introverts in the Workplace:  Understanding and Appreciating The Strengths Introverts Provide to Organizations (Working Title)