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Michael J. Musso

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Summit Industries Inc
Summit Industries, Inc. PO Box 7329
Marietta , Georgia 30065
United States

Company Description: Summit Industries, Inc. is one of Atlanta’s oldest privately held companies. Its origin goes back to the 1920s, when a pharmacist in Griffin, Georgia, developed a...   more

Employment History


  • bachelor's degree , communications
    University of Tennessee
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Press Releases | Turnaround Consulting | Executive Mentoring | MorrisAnderson [cached]
Managing directors Michael J. Musso and Steven F. Agran were honored for their work with Cosmolab, Inc., a 100-year old manufacturer of color cosmetic and skincare products based in Lewisburg, Tenn.
MorrisAnderson announced today that it has promoted Michael J. Musso to the position of vice president of strategic accounts, effective immediately. In this role, Musso will lead the financial and operational advisory firm's business development practice and further grow its relationships with the nation's leading banks and law firms.
Michael J. Musso | read ..., 10 Dec 2010 [cached]
Michael J. Musso | read more Morris-Anderson & Associates Ltd. | Michael J. Musso
Michael J. Musso
Michael J. Musso Executive Vice President, Business Development
Michael J. Musso Executive Vice President, Business Development MorrisAnderson 201 17th Street, Suite 300
Michael J. Musso has more than 20 years of extensive experience as a senior executive within a variety of industries, including educational products, distance learning, business services, technology and consumer goods. His skill set extends to turnarounds; organizational change; financial management; mergers and acquisitions; sales and marketing strategy; and beyond.
Over the last 10 years under private equity sponsorship, Mr. Musso has spearheaded mergers and acquisitions, led turnaround operations, strategic planning and executive team development for multiple mid-market portfolio companies. As President of one of these companies, ABC School Supply, he reshaped the strategy and overall operations of this 50 year old company to become a leading children's furniture manufacturer and school supply company, ultimately selling the company for a 60%+ investor return. In 2003, Mr. Musso acquired DirectoryNET, a mature technology company that had 5 years of declining sales and EBITDA. His turnaround strategy resulted in revenue growth of 300% and a 20% profitability. He led the sale of the company to a strategic buyer for a 29% ROI in just 3 years.
Most recently as President and CEO of Child Care Education Institute, a distance learning company, he orchestrated a complex asset purchase of the defunct company and set up all aspects of the new company, which has since grown to 28 employees and is in its final stages of national accreditation. Coincidentally during this period, he served as the interim President of a boutique wine operation in the Central Coast of California where he profitability eliminated over 12 months of warehoused inventory while gaining distribution in 14 states and multiple prestige accounts.
Having spent 14 years at Procter & Gamble, Pepsi Cola and Frito-Lay, he has extensive experience in leading field sales teams and managing large complex operations.
Mr. Musso earned his Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee where he has been a presenter at the UT MBA Executive in Residence program and an advisor to the MBA CPG "Boot Camp" program. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and has served as a Director of a leading Sunglass and Optical products company.
PR South | » Client Summit Industries Names Mike Musso CEO, 25 Sept 2013 [cached]
Atlanta, Georgia (Sept. 25, 2013) - Summit Industries, manufacturer of luxury consumer products Lexol, Lantiseptic, and Creomulsion, has named Mike Musso President and Chief Executive Officer.
One of the oldest privately held companies in Atlanta, Georgia, Summit Industries produces and distributes top-of-market solutions in leather and vinyl care and cleaning; incontinence and skin care; and over-the-counter cough relief. The company is positioning itself for growth with hiring of Musso, who brings more than 30 years of senior operations in leading and building companies as CEO, financial advisor and Chief Restructuring Officer. He has a "blue chip" consumer products foundation having served in leadership roles with Procter & Gamble, Pepsi Cola, and Frito-Lay.
"My experience with top-tier household brands has created an in depth understanding of how innovation drives company growth, shareholder value, and consumer satisfaction," said Musso. "Summit Industries has an excellent reputation, strong products with significant consumer loyalty, and the drive and ability to expand and grow."
Musso will focus on the total consumer experience, from how Summit Industries products are used and how the packaging works for the best consumer experience to disposal and the packaging's impact on the environment. He will also be transitioning some of Summit's most popular products including Lanisceptic into broader retail markets. A key focus will be to build a company culture of "peak performing people and products."
"We want to truly connect with our employees, customers, and consumers," Musso said. "Our goal is to exhibit pride and passion internally that will be reflected externally in our products and customer service."
Musso comes to Summit from Cosmetic Specialities International, a leading global manufacturer of cosmetic and personal care product packaging where he served as President and CEO. He formerly led the Consumer Package Goods Practice at MorrisAnderson & Associates, one of the top middle market consulting firms in the U.S. He was awarded "Turnaround of the Year" by the Turnaround Management Association for his work with Cosmolab, a 100-year-old cosmetic and skincare products company.
"Summit Industries has been successful over the last 90 years but we have never had a CEO with the experience of Mike Musso," said Ben Johnson III, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Summit Industries.
Cobb Business Journal. A Publication of the Marietta Daily Journal, 15 Mar 2014 [cached]
But if the vintage cough syrup happens to be a big seller via Amazon and other 21st-century channels, this comes as no surprise to Mike Musso, the new CEO of Marietta-based Summit Industries, which makes Creomulsion and a host of other consumer packaged goods (CPGs).
"The bottom line about Creomulsion is, it flat-out works," said Musso, who joined the company in September. "It is a high-performing, high-satisfaction product that people trust."
Fundamentals like product quality, packaging appeal and marketing savvy have always driven success in the CPG business, but rapid change also means older brands like Creomulsion must adapt to the times, Musso said. After all, when a Griffin pharmacist concocted the cough syrup back in the 1920s, eco-friendly packaging was not exactly on consumers' minds.
"Today, we have the most educated consumers in the world," Musso said. "They're asking if the content is recycled or if the plastic is biodegradable. We're taking this into account as we position Summit's brands for further growth."
The 65 full-time employees at Summit Industries' Marietta headquarters make and distribute 13 consumer product lines and 75 different SKUs - a wide array of products sold at food, drug, mass-market, automotive and institutional retailers alike.
As CEO, Musso aims to ramp up brands such as Lexol, Lantiseptic, Creomulsion and Boroleum by applying lessons learned from his 30-year career in CPG.
"At CSI, I learned the nuts and bolts of packaging, which had been the missing link in my CPG background," Musso said.
Over the years, Musso has photographed ancient temples in Nagano City, Japan; a birthday party in Cienfuegos, Cuba; and even the treasures of the Vatican.
"My first cousin is the Archbishop of Malaysia," he said. "So we were able to stay in his apartment at the Vatican and to experience some unique things that not many people get to see."
Musso and his wife, Kim, who have five children, are also passionate about early childhood education. They own a Primrose School in Alpharetta, and Musso helped found one of the country's largest online education companies, Childcare Education Institute.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Musso even does some teaching himself as part of the school's annual CPG "boot camp" for MBA students. Typically, the students quiz him about the keys to success in CPG.
"I tell them it has got to be the highest-quality product, but that you also need strong leadership and strategy," Musso said. "Leadership sets strategy, hires the highest level talent, and invests time in employees to build competency. Results can't come, though, until there is a culture built on relationships and trust. Simply put, that means always doing the right thing for employees, customers and consumers."
Mike Musso
Cobb Business Journal. A Publication of the Marietta Daily Journal, 21 June 2013 [cached]
Mike Musso, the new CEO of Marietta-based Summit Industries, which makes Creomulsion - an over-the-counter cough syrup - and a host of other consumer packaged goods (CPGs).
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