Advisory Board Biography

Mike Zafirovski
Founder, Chairman, and President of The Zaf Group

Mike Zafirovski is Founder, Chairman, and President of The Zaf Group, a family office operating and advisory firm. The Zaf Group acquires and operates well-run family businesses with intention of owning in perpetuity. The Zaf Group platform companies are unified by a common set of core values of high values/impeccable integrity; high expectations for results; commitment to people and leadership development; and meritocracy. Currently, the two platform companies are ACP CreativIT, focused on IT products and services and ABCO Systems, a systems integrator for material handling equipment for warehouses and distribution centers where Mike serves as chairman. Mike’s wife Robin serves as co-chair of The Zaf Group and as a board member of ABCO Systems.

In addition, Mike sits on the boards of Stericycle (since 2012), Apria Healthcare (since 2011), and evolve24 (since 2016). Recently, Mike also served on the board of directors of Boeing (2004- 2020) and as an executive advisor to The Blackstone Group (2011-March 2021).

During his corporate career, Mike served as CEO/president at Nortel, Motorola, and five GE businesses in the high tech, industrial, consumer, and financial services industries.

Mike holds a B.A. in mathematics from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania where he captained the soccer and swimming teams. In 2002, Edinboro University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in public service. He received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in (2004); the Distinguished Leadership Award from the NY Hall of Science (2008); the Medal of Honor from the President of Macedonia (2013); the inagural John L. Bitove Philanthropy Award (2017); and Mike and his wife, Robin received the prestigious “Patriot Award” from the Navy Seal Foundation (2018).

Mike and Robin have three sons, all of whom are married, and six grandchildren. Their philanthropic activities through the Zafirovski Family Foundation (established in 2005), focus primarily on education, healthcare, faith-based ministries, and economic development.

Mike’s hobbies include anything with family, mentoring, friends, travel, and sports (he completed the Kona Ironman Triathlon in 2018 and is beginning to take golf seriously).