P. Michael Saint is founder, CEO and chairman of The Saint Consulting Group, the world’s largest and most experienced firm in the new management consulting discipline of land use politics. He is co-author of the book, NIMBY Wars – The Politics of Land Use, published in 2009. He also penned the forward on “So What? Measuring and Assessing Strategic Communication in Land Use Politics”, written by Owen Eagan, published 2013
After a career in journalism, politics and public relations, Mike founded The Saint Consulting Group in 1983 in Massachusetts. Today, it serves clients from four offices in the United States and international affiliates in Toronto, Vancouver, London and Berlin.
The Saint Consulting Group has worked on more than 1,750 controversial projects in 48 U.S states, in Canada and in England. Assignments have included office parks, hotels, hospitals, retail centers, power plants, quarries, landfills, casinos, ports, mixed-use developments, malls, pipelines, heliports, golf courses and an oil refinery. Mike Saint and his colleagues have developed specialized political techniques that help clients generate public support to ensure that they prevail in the local governmental approval process.
A graduate of Holy Cross College with a degree in political science, Mike earned his master’s in business administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He has done additional study at the University of Chicago Business School and at the Harvard Business School.
Mike is past president of the Nashville Opera Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Management Consulting Firms in New York and ULI Nashville District Council Governance Committee. He previously served as a trustee on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Consulting and Management Inc. and as a board member of the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the National Sand, Stone & Gravel Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Mike has been a guest lecturer at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, the Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate Distinguished Speaker Series, the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University and Hult International Business School in Cambridge. He is the author or co-author of articles published in Land Development magazine, Urban Land magazine, Shopping Center Business, the Stone, Sand and Gravel Review, REBusiness Online and Design Intelligence magazine and ADITBrasil Planned Communities.
He has addressed the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference on Open-Air Centers and its ReCON Global Retail Real Estate Convention in Las Vegas, the Commercial Retail Council of the Urban Land Institute, the Missouri Limestone Producers Association, the Government Affairs Committee of the National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association, the Ontario Sand, Stone & Gravel Association and the Pennsylvania Gaming Congress and Racing Forum, ADIT Brazil COMPLAN 2014 and other international, national and regional business organizations.
Mike, his wife and two daughters live in Franklin, TN.