Recommendations

‘”Michael was my direct supervisor at City Vision College. He was truly wonderful to work with due to his personality and his communication skills. As a person of faith, working for a faith-based academic institution, he truly epitomized a disciple aware of his testimony to others. He cared for his employees and was a true professional and extremely knowledgeable about accreditation and e-learning. I would welcome working with him again in the future without hesitation!” – Dr. Elizabeth Rios, Director of Academic Operations at College of Business & Technology, Miami FL

“Michael is an innovative leader with the ability to strategize and envision a preferred objective and he delivers every time. I’ve known Michael since his early days in Michigan when our sister agencies collaborated in meeting human service needs for the people of the impoverished Western Upper Peninsula. Michael has always been a strong leader with the drive and the ethical foundation to be and do all he claims he can do. Michael motivates others and brings out the very best in them. There could not be a better consultant for non-profit or for-profit organizations or businesses.” — John Price, Commanding Officer/Executive Director, The Salvation Army, Crystal Lake, IL
 
“Michael was a colleague at OneAccord. He is a clear thinking development professional who brings to clients the ability to uncover the core issues that keep organizations from achieving success. He has a strong background in most all areas of development work and he is especially gifted in web-based technology and on-line learning. I am pleased to recommend him to your not-for-profit as a professional partner in helping you achieve your goals.” — Scott Rodin, Managing Principle, Not-for-Profit Practice, OneAccord, Bellevue, WA

“Michael’s experience with non-profit organizations is deep, diverse and impressive. I have recommended his services to several organizations.” — Dr. Dale Ryan, CEO, Christian Recovery International and Dean, Institute for Recovery Ministry Fuller Theological Seminary

“Michael was hired by myself and a business partner to evaluate a possible new business venture. He stood to financially benefit from returning results telling us to move forward. He instead was very honest and direct and told us it would be better to not proceed forward. Michael is professional, honest, and a business consultant with high integrity.” — Jeff Judy, Executive Director at Olive Crest, Lynnwood, Washington

“Michael has done what they said could not be done, built an on-line college from scratch, helping those in Urban ministry to grow their education, which then benefits those they work with. His grace in working with a broad spectrum of people shines through at City Vision College!” — Jim Harriger, Executive Director, Springfield Victory Mission, Springfield, MO

“Michael has been an important advocate for nonprofits’ providing evidence of the impact of their work. Long before evidence-based programming was the emerging initiative that it is now, Michael was encouraging faith-based substance abuse recovery programs to work toward this goal, albeit a most challenging one. He fully appreciates the importance of demonstrated stewardship.” — Karen Woods, Exec. Director, Empowerment Resource Network, Muskegon, MI

“Michael’s work with Rescue College and City Vision College reflects his strengths. He is a visionary who always retains a deep sense of compassion which drives his desire to educate students to work in the trenches with those trapped in the cycle of addiction and homelessness. His capacity for organization, careful work and research, and desire for best practices is fleshed out very practically through his work with online education. I have appreciated his guidance to me as one of the professors charged with teaching in City Vision College.” — Steve Brubaker, Director of Programs, Water Street Rescue Mission, Lancaster, PA

“Mr. Liimatta is a committed, dedicated individual who has the heart to go beyond his job description to meet the needs of those he works with. He is a highly creative writer, director and a man who can take his ideas and turn them into reality. He has great vision and the commitment and fortitude to see projects through to their completion.” –– Kathy Hyden, Shelter Director, Salvation Army, Alton, IL

“Michael Liimatta offered a treasure chest of wisdom to me while I was a student, as well as a graduate of City Vision College. With Michael’s assistance, I was able to fulfill my duties without making as many mistakes as I would have without wise counsel. He is an excellent writer and has a real heart for the urban cities of our nations. Michael is a great candidate for any leadership position and it has been a true honor to have him in my life as a mentor/ colleague.” — Corey Hicks, Director, The Urban Outreach, New Orleans, LA

“Michael has coached me in his role as education director, encouraging me to train for and persue a position of leadership. I was mentored by him, both in my educational pursuits and in the founding of the Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission. I was privileged also to serve on his advisory Board.” –— Michelle Porter, Executive Director, Souls Harbour RESCUE Mission, Halifax, NS

“Michael is a very talented administrator and visionary for ministry to the addicted and poor. He has developed a College program to help train people for urban ministry and Rescue ministry. I am always encouraged by his can do attitude and have enjoyed working with him. — Perry Jones, Executive Director, Capital City Rescue Mission, Albany, NY

“As Director of Education of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, Michael has given our education programs credibility and national recognition. He has worked tirelessly over the years to promote this program among the Association and his efforts have been rewarded with an accredited, on-line college that equips men and women for service and ministry. Thank you Michael!” –– Steve Kerr, Chief Development Officer, Wheeler Mission Ministries, Indianapolis, IN
 
“Michael has an absolute PASSION for education and has a strong calling to assist others in their personal growth. I HIGHLY recommend Michael to you!” — Douglas Shaw, Co-Owner/Chairman of the Board/CEO, Douglas Shaw & Associates, Inc., Chicago, IL
 
“Michael is a wise and productive leader. He created a college out of nothing and made it a successful educational institution. He is a man of high character and humble personality. He is collaborative and creative. I would welcome the opportunity to work with him again.” — Dr. John R. Frank, Owner, The Frank Group, Seattle, WA

“Michael offers strong technical ability as well as a true passion and commitment for his work. He believes strongly in education and recovery and couples that with the skills to solve problems and find new solutions.” — Glenn McKinney, Vice President, Grizzard, Atlanta, GA

 
“Michael is a true professional. He is very knowledgeable and skilled. I enjoy working with Michael.” — Michael Quesnel, Business Dev. Manager, NET Trainining Institute, Orlando, FL

 

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