Michael A. Pulick Jr. '86

Michael A. Pulick
  • BS Electrical Engineering 1986

Michael Pulick grew up in Livonia, Michigan, with three siblings, all fellow Michigan Tech engineers. He graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and later received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. 

Pulick spent the first 12 years of his career at General Electric (GE), working in several divisions including: appliances, medical systems, motors, and industrial systems. He also completed GE’s Manufacturing Management Program. 

Pulick joined W.W. Grainger, Inc., North America’s leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products, in 1999. During his time at Grainger, he held several roles with increased responsibility including vice president, product management; senior vice president of customer service; president, Grainger U.S.; and president, Grainger International.

In 2015, Pulick joined the private equity firm Warburg Pincus as an executive in residence for the industrial and business service sector until the end of 2019.  

He currently serves as executive chairman for Kano Laboratories, and Thermal Technology Distribution Solutions (TTDS).

Throughout his career, Pulick has been passionate about exposing STEM students and professionals to business, financial and leadership experiences.  Currently, he serves as chairman of the Michigan Tech Fund Board. For five years, he served on the Michigan Tech College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. Previously, Pulick served as a member of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Board of Trustees and board member for Junior Achievement of Chicago.

In recognition of his career and relationship with the University, Michigan Tech selected Pulick as its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2024.

Pulick resides with his wife, Elizabeth (BS in Mechanical Engineering, 1988), in Naples, Florida. They enjoy the beautiful northern Michigan summers in Petoskey. Michael and Elizabeth are proud parents of two adult married children, Eric (Kelsey) and Rachael (Matt). In his spare time, Pulick is an avid golfer and pickleball player and enjoys spending time with family.

Updated May 2024