Ed Michael Reggie is the managing director of Future Factory. In his role, he oversees the strategic direction of the company, which creates and manages startups, and manages its portfolio of businesses.
Most recently, Ed Michael oversaw the launch of Future Factory’s latest venture — Funeralocity, the first dynamic marketplace that simplifies the process of selecting a funeral home and funeral services on the internet. In addition to serving as CEO of the startup, he is chairman of the board of another Future Factory company, GuideStar Research.
Before managing Future Factory, he founded American LIFECARE, a multistate managed care organization in 1983. He served as chairman of the company’s board for 20 years, managing a regional network of more than 400 hospitals, 17,000 providers and 1,400 ancillary providers across the south. During that period, he assumed the additional role of chief executive officer of Regent Health Systems when he was appointed to administer the rural hospital chain’s wind down during its bankruptcy in 1987. He also founded and led Healing Arts Network, a complementary and alternative medicine network, in 1999. Reggie sold American LIFECARE and Healing Arts Network in August 2004. Earlier in his career, he worked in commercial banking.
Ed Michael’s passion for business drives his community and charitable efforts where he focuses on encouraging innovation, business growth and financial inclusion. He is a member of the board of directors of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, a wet lab incubator and Grameen Foundation, a nonprofit that brings innovative and sustainable self-help program to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. He also has served as a delegate to trade missions in Rome and Hong Kong held by the Academy of International Health Studies.
A native of Louisiana, Ed Michael earned an MBA from Tulane University. He earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of New Orleans. He has been recognized for his business achievements and commitment to supporting local communities. He was lauded by Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with the Champion of Public Health Award in 2004 and was honored by Williston Northampton School in 2016 with the Robert A. Ward medal, the school’s highest humanitarian award.