CEO, Idea Gateway
A successful entrepreneur, Mike Whitaker is an expert on personal and professional decision-making, turnarounds, and strategic planning. He is a no-nonsense technology CEO as well as author and speaker on topics that involve critical thinking about the future, offering unique perspectives and world-class solutions to help people achieve their goals. Whitaker is the CEO of GuestX, an enterprise software platform for leading tourist attractions desiring ticketing, guest engagement and social media. Mike is the founder of Idea Gateway, a company that specializes in launching new businesses, providing expertise and capital for entrepreneurs. He is also a co-founder and board member for RevTech, a Dallas-based technology accelerator, and serves as a board member of Lucas Color Card, a data product manufacturer he founded in 1995. These endeavors put Whitaker on the front lines of what is changing in business, technology, and for the American worker. Whitaker received his bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Kansas and earned his MBA from the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. He is married and has three children who are also on the journey of discovering their passions, goals, and paths toward success. Mike participates in competitive trapshooting, his favorite sport.