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Michael Kurland

As an award-winning CEO, Michael Kurland is committed to leading with purpose, giving back to his community, and living a healthy lifestyle. Whether he is hosting his #BeBetter with Michael Kurland podcast, sharing his insights in thought leadership articles, or speaking to other purpose-driven leaders, Michael’s focus is simple: BeBetter.

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Kurland puts a positive spin on each principle, writing with an enthusiasm that is infectious. His candid advice, based on his own experience, is steeped in practical wisdom.

- Kirkus Reviews

This down-to-earth roadmap for success will be a perfect fit for companies large and small, and Kurland’s emphasis on creating a supportive culture will resonate with bosses, leaders, and other professionals eager to set their teams up not just for success but feeling valued.

- BookLife

Mike is on an amazing journey as he continues to be a purpose-driven CEO.  We worked together closely at the launch of Branded Group, but our roles quickly reversed with him motivating me to do more with my responsibility as a business leader.  Keep going Mike!

- Bill Pegnato, CEO, Pegnato Roof Intelligence Network

Mike is a true servant leader, always ready to “do the right thing” by his clients and partners.  I’ve been impressed with his ability to genuinely connect with people, to give back to his community, to be a mentor to all who seek his insights, and to always seek to “Be Better.” I’m privileged to know him and be a part of his journey.

- Elena Boone, Guitar Center Director, Facilities Mgmt.

Mike’s passion for the facility management industry is only surpassed by his passion, heart, and empathy for people and his community. He has a special way of connecting with people that makes them feel valued. His legacy, helping others to Be Better, will help so many as they strive for their own success. I am proud of my business associate, my friend, and my brother!!!

- Tarell Hannah, Senior Manager, Facilities, SHAKE SHACK

By writing this book he not only gives us a front row seat to his metamorphosis, but he also inspires us with his story as well.

- Dan's Biz Bookshelf

“Broken to Better” offers up all Kurland’s triumphs and mistakes in the same spirit of perseverance, fearlessness, empathy, and gratitude. Although he humbly claims he did “whatever it took to avoid failing,” the truth shines through on every page—he did whatever it took to Be Better.”

- Stevo's Business Book of the Week


With a proven track record of building a thriving, purpose-driven company and a passion for sharing his entrepreneurial journey, Michael is here to guide you towards success.

Every engagement offers a unique blend of personalized guidance, practical insights, and effective strategies to not just avoid failure, but to succeed and be better.

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#BeBetter with Michael Kurland Podcast

To Michael, BeBetter is more than a catchphrase. It’s the culture that permeates his organization, propelling his team to BeBetter to each other, their customers, their communities, and themselves. Tune in each week as Michael interviews esteemed, purpose-driven leaders who want to BeBetter.

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Thought Leadership

Michael Kurland is a member of the Forbes Business Council and an accomplished author in industry publications such as, Thrive Global, and The Huffington Post. Michael writes about how a solid company culture can transform businesses, improve engagement and retention, and create leaders who want to BeBetter.

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About Michael

As an award-winning CEO of a successful national facilities management company, Michael leads with purpose, empathy, and authenticity. Michael launched Branded Group in 2014 and has led its year-over-year exponential growth, cultural transformation, and the cultivation of a highly regarded team of industry experts. His clear vision to #BeBetter has resulted in deep and long-lasting client and partner relationships, innovative facility maintenance programs that drive customer satisfaction, and a respected position in the industry. Michael attributes the company’s success to his loyal team, valued clients, and trusted vendors.

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Social Impact

Michael has led the development of his company’s award-winning philanthropic program, One-for-One, which has benefited organizations such as Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, California and Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County, New York, Feeding America, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, and many more. Over the years, Michael has participated a variety of volunteering events. His efforts are rooted in his desire to leave a legacy for his company and to ensure that the collective efforts of his team make a difference in people’s lives. All proceeds from Broken to Better will be donated to the BeBetter Fund, supporting local non-profit organizations.

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