Born and raised on the outskirts of South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Michael Golden’s youth was comprised of family, academics and sports. His experience as a BSA Eagle Scout, helped to develop his skills of leadership, citizenship, and character.
For fifteen years at Black & Decker, Golden held a series of increasingly responsible positions to become Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Accessory Division. His tenure at Black & Decker, and his involvement with the DeWalt line of industrial tools and accessories, laid the foundation for his experience with brand management. He played a leading role in executing DeWalt’s strategy to emerge as a leading brand known for its reliability and durability not only with consumers, but within industrial and construction companies as well. Golden moved to Kohler Co., a 130-year old manufacturer of high-end kitchen and bathroom fixtures founded on the principles of craftsmanship and technology. As Vice President of Sales for the Plumbing Division for Kohler, Golden led the team that drove changes in the company’s culture and its performance management to yield double-digit growth. Golden was then named President of Sales for the Industrial and Construction Division of The Stanley Works, a 160-year old company specializing in tools, hardware and specialty hardware. Golden later returned to Kohler as President of the Cabinetry Division where he made a significant contribution to the development of Kohler’s management processes.
Golden received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University and his MBA from Emory University in Georgia.