Michael Imgarten has been President and CEO of United Source Once since he founded the all-inclusive food service export company in 2000.
Michael is widely recognized as one of America’s leading experts on U.S. beef and international food exports and has spent more than three decades in the industry. He brings a broad combination of experience to the export industry, having owned and operated restaurants, managed U.S. beef sales for two international food distributorships and worked for a major U.S. beef packer before launching his own export firm.
He launched his career in the Middle East in the early 1980s as a beef salesman, driving a truck across the desert to the outposts of U.S. corporations with employees hungry for familiar American food.
But Michael quickly saw a greater role for U.S. products overseas as a way to build bridges between people and cultures. He established United Source One as a company dedicated to marketing premium U.S. foods in the Middle East. Today, with the appetite for U.S. cuisine, products and restaurants spreading rapidly around the globe, Michael is expanding the company to help meet those growing demands.
As a recognized industry leader, Michael testified before the U.S. Congress House Ways and Means Committee in support of the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement which was approved by Congress. He regularly speaks to overseas groups and conducts educational beef seminars in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE and Egypt for professional audiences.
Michael is a vocal proponent of increasing trade and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and the Middle East. Currently, he is working to reduce regulations that adversely affect small business access and competitiveness.
Michael and United Source One have received numerous industry honors and awards, including the prestigious Certified Angus Beef Export Marketer of the Year and Top Exporter of the Year. He also has been the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Maryland Exporter of the Year, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, SmartCEO magazine’s Future 50 winner, and Entrepreneur Magazine and Dunn & Bradstreet’s annual “Hot 100” list of America’s Fastest Growing Small Companies.
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