Vice President & Former Director of Store Development Loc Associates & Samsung Electronics
Since 2013, Michael Koch has
served as the Senior Director of Development for Samsung Electronics America based
in Richardson, Texas.
Previously, Michael spent
25 years working for Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Guess, Nextel, and
The Ritz-Carlton while living in Washington, D.C.; London, England; and Lugano,
Switzerland. Michael studied at the University of Maryland, where he received a
bachelor’s degree in architectural and design engineering.
Having designed and
constructed hundreds of the most well-known retail locations throughout four
continents, Michael’s primary responsibility is to grow the Samsung brand in North
America through intentional, iconic design. His team is tasked with the design,
development, and maintenance of more than 50,000 locations in the U.S. alone,
and is responsible for creating the 55,000-square-foot Samsung 837 flagship store
in New York City. Receiving worldwide recognition and awards for this location
from Forbes and Design:Retail as a top experiential location, Samsung plans to
utilize subsequent findings in future designs worldwide. Some of his most
noteworthy achievements include Apple’s signature locations in Berlin, Barcelona,
and Turin, as well as Guess flagship retail locations in Milan. In addition, he
was responsible for emblematic resorts for The Ritz-Carlton in Florida, San
Francisco, and the Cayman Islands.
Michael’s career began in
the U.S. Marine Corps by serving with distinction as a platoon sergeant in a
line infantry reconnaissance unit from 1983 to 1993. Honorably discharged in
1993, Michael’s last tour after the Gulf War was at the University of Memphis,
where he taught the ROTC corps of cadets. Throughout his military career, Michael
earned awards for leadership and service over nearly 10 years of active duty.
Michael, an industry
professional known widely for his tireless pursuit of perfection, has a deep
passion and high level of experience in real estate, design and construction implemented
in more than 40 countries. He has received awards for not only creating a
brand’s prominent worldwide image, but also expanding his team’s abilities
through professional instruction and training.
Michael created The Road
Ahead Foundation in 2008, with sponsorship from former First Lady Mrs. Laura
Bush and others, as a means of helping orphaned children suffering from this worldwide
pandemic. His focus now is to harness his talents and extensive business
relationships to better the children of America by making a difference in young
peoples’ lives and career paths worldwide.
Speaking at public events and providing business solutions presentations
worldwide, Michael is well known for inspirational and engaging speeches for
all age groups and backgrounds.
Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Michael.