Mike Decker has visited 147 countries but it hasn't all been air travel.
Sometimes it's been on foot – about 140,000 miles on foot and counting, says the veteran marathon runner. His personal best in a marathon is 2 hours, 35 minutes.
And, he writes, that the 140,000 miles includes "being arrested twice running in Somalia and at the Russian border plus the famous attack by a pack of wild dogs in a snowstorm in Serbia.”
On a trip to Afghanistan, a chocolate bar may have come between Decker and disaster. He had a driver who turned out to be a member of the Taliban and is now in prison. And the thought is that the chocolate bar he gave the driver may have saved him from being kidnapped by that driver.
In addition to being a genuine globetrotter, Decker is a poet whose work has appeared in several places including the Paris Review and the New Republic. And he once served as an adjunct professor of creative writing at SMU.
From this capsule you see the inspiration for the title of his program for the Council's Meridian: Global Young Professionals. It's "Who Says It's a Small World? Travel to 147 Countries & Counting with Mike Decker."
More formally, he is known as Michael B. Decker, Principal & Partner, Wingate Partners. He is the Treasurer of the World Affairs Council Board of Directors.
His business bio includes having been "Chief Operating Officer of the Trammell Crow Company, where he led the restructuring of the largest real estate firm in the United States. He previously was President of Huffco Group, Inc. Mr. Decker was also a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, an international management consulting firm, and worked as an Investment Officer for the World Bank."
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, a Masters of Arts from Oxford University and earned an MBA With Distinction at Harvard Business School.
Obviously an individual of achievement, he is working on one global goal: Visit every country in the world.