Dr. Mike Haynie is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University’s Whitman School. Haynie completed his doctoral degree in the field of entrepreneurship and business strategy at the Leeds College of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder. His academic research is focused on decision-making, identity and entrepreneurial thinking, and has been published in many of the leading entrepreneurship and business journals. He serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Business Venturing and the Journal of Management Studies.
Before beginning his academic career, Haynie served for 14 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Trained in logistics and acquisition, he was stationed throughout the U.S. and around the world in both operational and staff assignments. Prior to joining the faculty at Syracuse University, Haynie was assigned as a professor of management at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Shortly after he arrived at SU, Haynie founded the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program, an initiative designed to offer world-class training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans disabled as a result of their military service. More than 500 veterans have received EBV training since 2007, and the program is now being offered by a network of world-class schools across the country. In 2009, the EBV was recognized as a ‘National Best Practice’ by the Secretary of the Army for serving soldiers and their families, and in 2011 the editors of Inc. magazine selected the program as one of the ‘10-Best’ college-based entrepreneurship training programs in the U.S.
Haynie is a sought after advisor and speaker on issues related to business, veterans and entrepreneurship. His work empowering veterans through business ownership has been featured nationally on 60 Minutes, the ABC Evening News with Diane Sawyer, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and Fox News, and also in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Inc., the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune and Entrepreneur. He currently serves on the external advisory committee of the Center for Integrated Healthcare at the Syracuse Regional Veterans Medical Center, on U.S. Senator Kirstin Gillibrand’s veterans’ advisory working-group, and is an appointed member of the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training, and Employer Outreach. Haynie is a steering committee member of the Military Child Education Coalition’s “New York Living in the New Normal Public Engagement Initiative” and in 2011 was appointed by New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to the NYS Council on Returning Veterans and Their Families.