Faculty & Research

Michael D. Alter

Adjunct Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Address :
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Michael Alter is an Entrepreneur in Residence (E.I.R) at the Polsky Center. In addition, he is teaching Entrepreneurial Selling at Chicago Booth. Previously, Alter was the Chief Executive Officer of The Tie Bar - the #1 e-commerce destination for stylish men's accessories. Prior to The Tie Bar, Alter was a co-founder and President/CEO of SurePayroll, a SaaS technology company that is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex®. Alter co-founded SurePayroll in 2000 after six years with McKinsey and Company, where he was a co-founder and leader of its Service Operations Practice. Prior to receiving his MBA from the Harvard Business School, Alter worked in various sales positions at IBM. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Northwestern University.

Alter is an active board and advisory board member for leading industry and entrepreneurial organizations including: MAX Digital/FirstLook — the SaaS leader in Mobile Showroom and Digital Performance Management for Auto Dealers, Nambe, LLC — a leading design and lifestyle brand known for their award-winning tabletop giftware, and the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization.

A past recipient of the Illinois Technology Association CityLIGHTS CEO of the Year Award, Alter has been a nationally recognized spokesman on business issues, having served as a columnist for INC.com and appearing regularly in media outlets nationwide, including Bloomberg TV, and the Wall Street Journal.


2016 - 2017 Course Schedule

Number Name Quarter
34111 Entrepreneurial Selling 2017 (Winter)
34111 Entrepreneurial Selling 2017 (Spring)