Okay, this resume could take a while. So to spare your eyeballs undue stress, suffice it to say Michael has done it all. From spearheading developments that have changed the skyline of Indianapolis to building headquarters for some of the nation’s most recognized organizations. Toss in warehouses that have over a million square feet under a single roof and you begin to get the true definition of “been there, done that.”
Mr. Browning is very involved in community activities and has played an active role in the Indianapolis “public-private” partnership. He is the Chairman of Visit Indy, former Chairman of the Indiana Sports Corporation, serves on the Advisory Board of St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center, serves on the Indianapolis Indians Board of Directors, is a Board Member of the Indy Public Safety Foundation, a Member of the Indiana Golf Foundation as well as Crossroads Council of Boy Scouts. He previously served on the Board of Educational Choice Charitable Trust, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Mr. Browning served on the Local Organizing Committee for the Super Bowl 2012 as well as the Bid Committee for Super Bowl 2018. Additionally, he serves on the Graduate School Advisory Council and the Advisory Council for the Student-Athlete of the University of Notre Dame. He is a Member of the Board of Directors for Duke Energy Corp.
Michael has been honored as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young and Inc. Magazine, Notre Dame Man of the Year and recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash from Governors Bayh, Kernan and Daniels. He received the 2003 Thomas W. Moses Good Scout Award as well the Bishop Chartrand Award by Cathedral High School. He was awarded the Community Service Award by the Catholic Charities Indianapolis. He has an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Marian University and Martin University. Michael was honored with the Charles S. Whistler Award in 2010, and included into the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, as well as The Indiana Academy in 2011. He was recently inducted into the 2013 Midwest Real Estate Hall of Fame.
Mr. Browning has been actively involved in the emergence of Indianapolis as the Amateur Sports capitol of the world. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Indiana Sports Corporation. He was an organizing member of the 1982 National Sports Festival, a member of the executive committee of the Pan American Games Organizing Committee, served as Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Indiana Sports Corporation from 1989 until February 1993, and is Chairman of the organizing committee for Youthlinks of Indiana. In addition to his involvement in amateur sports, Mr. Browning was the General Chairman of the 1991 PGA National Championships which was held at Crooked Stick Golf Club, where he also served as President for three years. He led the negotiations that resulted in the relocation of the NCAA Headquarters to Indianapolis. Additionally, he was Chairman of the Indiana Sport Corporation’s Solheim Cup Venture and led the negotiations for the 2012 BMW Championship as well as serving on the Executive Committee for the 2016 BMW Championship as part of the PGA Tour’s Fed Ex Cup.
Of course all this pales in comparison to serving in Vietnam and the joy of 19 grandchildren. One of Michael’s favorite quotes, of course, when asked how his day might be going is “hard to be better.”