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. Ed Michael is the CEO of Future Factory’s latest venture — Funeralocity, the first comparison website of funeral homes and cremation providers.
Previously, he served as chairman of the board of another Future Factory company, GuideStar Research, which was sold in January 2018.
Before Future Factory, he served as chairman of the board of American LIFECARE, a regional managed healthcare 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 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 was a commercial bank president.
Ed Michael’s passion for business drives his community and charitable efforts where he focuses on encouraging innovation, business growth and financial inclusion. He serves on the board of trustees of Grameen Foundation, a nonprofit that brings innovative and sustainable self-help program to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Earlier, he was a guarantor and founding board member of MicroCredit Enterprises. He has served on the board of directors of the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, a wet lab incubator, as well 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 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.