Michael Holthouse

CEO, Prepared 4 Life

Industry: Technology

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Founder and president of Paranet, Inc., a computer network services company twice recognized as an Inc. magazine 500 Fastest Growing Company. Grew Paranet to 27 offices in six years, with 1600 employees and revenues in excess of $100 million before selling to Sprint in 1997.

Focuses today on philanthropy, investments and other business interests.

Established The Holthouse Foundation For Kids to focus on the needs of Houston’s most at risk youth.

Founded Prepared 4 Life, a philanthropic venture that prepares middle school youth for life through fun, proactive and experiential after-school programs infused with life skills, character education and entrepreneurship.

Holds a bachelor of arts in economics and computer science from Indiana State University.

Entrepreneurs are problem solvers. Despite regulations and taxes, we overcome, but at a cost; dealing with attorneys, dealing with regulations lows down how fast we can create jobs