Mike Samarov is an experienced executive leader, strategist, and operator. Mike has led organizations of over 4000 people, deployed across the globe, supporting national security policy formulation, planned military operations, and delivered complex software solutions. Mike retired from the Marine Corps in 2020 as the Assistant Deputy Director, for the Deputy Directorate, Europe, NATO, Russia on the Joint Staff. As a Marine Infantry Officer, he had operational command at every rank to include leading a Marine Infantry Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, and Joint Task Force in the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility.
Since retiring, Mike has worked in the information technology industry. He helped lead the first successful delivery effort that modernized the Automated Commercial Environment Portal (the software that manages all U.S. trade) for the first time in nearly two decades. Mike currently directs all of Steampunk’s delivery in support of Customs and Border protection. He has remained engaged in international security and military affairs.