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Michael J. Critelli
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Michael J. Critelli is the President and CEO of Dossia Service Corporation, which provides patient-controlled health records. He is also a principal of Gyre Entertainment, a newly formed entertainment production and distribution company focused on urban contemporary films, and has recently completed principal photography on a feature film From the Rough, targeted for Fall, 2011, theatrical release.

He retired from Pitney Bowes at the end of 2008 after a nearly 30-year career, during which he served as Chairman for 12 years and CEO for 11 years. He distinguished himself as a company, industry, and technology leader, and a leader in health care transformation, diversity, sustainable transportation and environmental strategies, and business ethics. He led the mailing industry’s drive toward comprehensive postal reform legislation. He also has been a driver of technological innovation, and has been awarded nine U.S. patents for mailing technology.

He was the Chairman of the National Urban League board of trustees from 2002 through 2007 and won numerous individual and company awards for leadership in equal opportunity. He is also an innovator in employer-based health programs, having created a “culture of health” at Pitney Bowes that simultaneously improved employee satisfaction and health and reduced the rate of health care cost increases. His Pitney Bowes work was captured in a Harvard Business School study authored by Dr. Michael Porter and published in January, 2009.

He is also a member of the for-profit boards of Eaton Corporation, Navigenics, and Mollen Immunization Clinics, and the non-profit boards of RAND Health Advisors, the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care, and the Boston University Medical School Dean’s Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Boards for Opera Solutions, a predictive data analytics company, Alexander Proudfoot, and Booz Allen’s federal health practice.

He has spoken at the World Economic Forum, and at numerous venues here in the United States, including Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin, and the Yale School of Management. The web site Healthspottr.com named him as one of the top 100 Future Thinkers on health and health care in 2009. He publishes a blog at www.mikecritelli.com.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Communications and Political Science in 1970 and from Harvard Law School with a J.D. cum laude in 1974.

Blog Entries by Michael J. Critelli

Why Seve Ballesteros Inspired Us

Posted May 9, 2011 | 17:27:01 (EST)

Golfer Seve Ballesteros' death was announced early Saturday, May 7, 2011. Although I only was able to watch Ballesteros on TV over the years and see him perform with excellence and grace under pressure in Ryder Cup matches, as well as major tournaments, I always admired him.

In fact, when...

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Intelligent Film Content

Posted May 5, 2011 | 17:46:42 (EST)

The Hollywood-based film industry has changed significantly over the last few decades. It has gravitated toward financing films with the following attributes:

Ability to secure a global audience

Film studios have concluded that the majority of their target audiences are outside the U.S. The film genres they will finance are...

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Why Golf Matters

Posted April 26, 2011 | 16:52:59 (EST)

As we have gone through our process of preparing our film From the Rough for theatrical release, one question many people have asked is: why do a film about golf? Over 27 million Americans play golf, 1.3 million of them, African Americans. However, compared with the other issues African Americans...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly About the Commercialization of Amateur Sports

Posted April 5, 2011 | 18:40:49 (EST)

Several events have caused me to think about creeping sports commercialization: the increasingly lucrative NCAA tournament and the increasing sense that college basketball is a one-year commercial way station for athletes on the way to professional basketball; Barry Bonds' perjury trial relative to his use of performance-enhancing drugs; business-sponsored teams...

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Golf in the Next Generation: Internalizing Its Deepest Values

Posted March 9, 2011 | 18:08:32 (EST)

On March 8, 2011, Gyre Entertainment, the film company we formed last year to create family-friendly films for the contemporary urban market, sponsored the NAACP Celebrity Image Awards Golf Challenge in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. One inspiring moment of a wonderful event was the introduction of a group of young...

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Rediscovering the Joys of the Urban Environment

Posted February 22, 2011 | 16:34:54 (EST)

I have lived 43 years in cities. Although Darien, Connecticut, where I have spent the last 19 years, has 22,000 residents, it has a pace of life, values and amenities resembling New York City, where many Darien residents work. Edward Glaeser recently published a great book entitled The Triumph...

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Why We Love Sports and Don't Like Business and Government

Posted February 15, 2011 | 10:43:21 (EST)

Every sport imparts certain unique implicit values. For example, as we portray in From the Rough, in golf, a competitor plays with integrity and with what he's got. However, there are certain values associated with all sports. Those values help sports succeed for participants, spectators and investors. When...

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Playing With What You've Got

Posted February 4, 2011 | 10:58:26 (EST)

Our tagline for From the Rough, the feature film my partner Pierre Bagley and I are producing, is "playing with what you've got." The tagline reminded me both of the fun of playing sports as a child and how youth sports today are severely lacking in fun. I particularly thought...

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My Highly Improbable Journey From CEO to Contemporary Urban Film Producer

Posted January 27, 2011 | 21:21:19 (EST)

Growing up, my family felt unusual empathy with black people. Because my mother worked as a public health nurse's aide, we got to know her black professional nursing friends. I also grew watching incomprehensible brutality against well-behaved black people in the South on TV.

My parents had been direct victims...

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