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Michael Bergdahl

Former Wal-Mart Executive; Author, What I Learned from Sam Walton
FEE RANGE: $10,000–$15,000 [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: Pennsylvania
Michael Bergdahl began his career in an entrepreneurial, highly successful, family-owned newspaper publishing business in Houston. He then went on to take a job in the manufacturing side of the petrochemical industry at J.M. Huber's corporation, Carbon Black Division in Baytown, Texas. He was recruited by Frito Lay to assume a position in their sales organization. Michael worked in Bentonville, Arkansas at the Wal-Mart headquarters, where he worked with Sam Walton. It was Sam Walton who gave Bergdahl the nickname, "Bird Dawg." When Sam Walton died, Michael left Wal-Mart and went to work as a member of an executive turnaround team at American Eagle Outfitters. The AE leadership team turned the company around and took it public. The stock subsequently split four times during Michael's time at AE. Michael is a full-time speaker, business coach and author. He has recently completed a book about his experiences at Wal-Mart entitled What I Learned from Sam Walton: How to Compete and Thrive in a Wal-Mart World.