Mike Dovilla, Founder and President

Mike Dovilla is the founder and president of The Grindstone Institute. A dynamic speaker, experienced consultant, and certified leadership trainer, Mike’s passion is encouraging others to grow as leaders so they can achieve their life’s purpose. His proficiency in team building, leadership development, strategic planning, and human resources make him a sought-after group facilitator and executive coach.

Mike’s leadership experiences include service as majority whip of the Ohio House of Representatives, in which he served three terms; chief of staff of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management; advisor to U.S. Sen. George Voinovich; and Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.

As a U.S. Navy officer since 2002, Mike has led teams in the active and reserve components, serving domestically and around the world. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, during which he served on active duty for a year in Baghdad, Iraq, leading a multi-service, coalition counter-improvised explosive device intelligence team. Now a commander, he serves as a regional training officer.

Prior to founding The Grindstone Institute, Mike led The Dovilla Group, a strategic consulting firm with practice areas in government relations and leadership development. Mike’s extensive experience with companies and associations in a wide range of industries provides a broad perspective that allows him to navigate the diverse needs of clients seeking to develop leaders, strengthen teams, and achieve results.

Mike holds a Master of Public Administration from The American University and a Bachelor of Arts from Baldwin Wallace University. He has earned a Joint Professional Military Education diploma from the U.S. Naval War College and a certificate for the Senior Managers in Government executive education program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education at the University of Illinois.

Mike is a past national president of Phi Kappa Tau, a men’s leadership organization in which he has mentored college students since 1997. He is an engaged alumnus of the American Marshall Memorial Fellows Program, a mentor with College Now Greater Cleveland, and a member of numerous civic, fraternal, and veterans organizations.

Mike lives in his hometown of Berea, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland once called the “Grindstone Capital of the World.”