Michael Canty grew up in a working class home. Michael’s father, a Marine Drill Sergeant, was first a mechanic, then an entrepreneur owning an ice cream stand. Because of his father’s perseverance and efforts, Michael learned the value of hard work at an early age. Before he was old enough to work at the family’s ice cream stand, Canty did whatever it took to earn extra money, whether it was mowing lawns or shoveling snow. Michael often worked two or three jobs at a time while working his way through high school, college, and graduate school.
Since earning a BA in Political Science from Millikin University and MBA in Finance and Marketing from Willamette University, Canty has spent more than 35 years in business, with a primary focus on manufacturing and distribution. He has grown his current company Alloy Bellows & Precision Welding in Highland Heights from 25 employees in 2006 to more than 110 employees today. In 2015, The Plain Dealer named Alloy Bellows one of the best companies to work for in Northeast Ohio.
Michael Canty is a long-time advocate for business growth, workforce development and common sense business and environmental regulations. He currently serves on multiple boards and advisory councils, including the governor’s Common Sense Initiative, which focuses on regulatory reform, COSE (Council of Smaller Enterprises) and Tri-C (Cuyahoga Community College).
Michael and his wife Michele live in Bentleyville where Michael was elected as a village councilman for 2 years and then as mayor for 8 years. Their daughter Alexis attends Clemson University in South Carolina.
- MBA in Finance and Marketing – Willamette University – Salem, OR
- BA in Political Science – Millikin University – Decatur, IL
- COSE (Council of Smaller Enterprises) – an 8,000+ member organization of small businesses in NE Ohio. Board of Advisors, Executive Committee, Advocacy Committee, Energy Committee (Chair of Energy Business Strategy Task Force), Policy Subcommittees
- GCP (Greater Cleveland Partnership) – Governmental Affairs Committee
- GOVERNOR’S CSI SMALL BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL – a 9-member Council organized under SB 2 (2011) to advise on the economic and business impact of existing and proposed agency regulations on small business – Appointed in 2011 by the State Speaker
- NSBA (National Small Business Association) – a 65,000+ member organization of small businesses across the U.S. Board of Trustees. Regulatory, Taxation and Membership committees
- CUYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (Tri – C) – Board of Trustees, Workforce Development Committee
- AWT (Alliance for Working Together) – a group of 100+ manufacturers in NE Ohio working to promote manufacturing and business skills and future workers
- REPUBLICAN PARTY OF CUYAHOGA COUNTY – Current and past service includes the Finance Committee (currently at the Chairman’s Circle level), Policy Committee, Platform Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Communications Committee, and many candidate campaigns
- MAYOR FOR THE VILLAGE OF BENTLEYIVLLE, OHIO – Jan 2000 through Dec 2007 (Council 2 years before that) Active in many organizations through the Mayor’s office
- NOPEC (Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council) – Past Board Member for 4+ years
- HIRAM COLLEGE – Board of Advisors for the Hiram College President, and the Garfield Institute
- TOWN HALL OF CLEVELAND – Past Board member
- HIRAM HOUSE CAMP – Public Service Children’s Camp. Past Board Member, VP of Development, Governance Committee, Finance Committee.
- ASHLAND COLLEGE – Past Adjunct Professor (Marketing & Management Courses) at the Mansfield State Penitentiary
- LOGISTIC CONCEPTS – A Private Transportation Logistics Company – Past Board Member
- THE OHIO PLAN – A Private Property & Casualty Insurance Company – Past Board Member