Michael Silver is responsible for the development, growth, and support of the LKA brand throughout Washington and Oregon. His main priority is finding like-minded people that want to change lives from scratch by owning their own Little Kitchen Academy in the two states and supporting them along the way.
Michael has a widely varied background which includes math, music, art, computer science, technology, telecommunications, molecular biology, motorsports, teaching, language, scuba diving, emergency medicine, and the culinary arts (including training at the Culinary Institute of America). He has a passion for teaching and has taught and studied pedagogy throughout his life, starting when he taught mathematics at his local college while he was still in High School.
Michael began playing the piano at the age of four and has been deeply involved with music ever since. He has sung and played a number of instruments professionally, wrote and directed music for three years for Shakespeare Santa Cruz, performed in the West Coast premiere of Nixon in China under the direction of composer John Adams, and won several piano competitions.
Michael studied music for five years at UC Santa Cruz (with a minor in art) and later graduated as valedictorian from St. Mary’s College of Moraga with a degree in business. He has worked as a composer, arranger, musician, musical director, and teacher. He has also been a DJ for a large classical music station (KBOQ), worked for PG&E as a state-licensed home inspector, auditor, and energy conservation specialist, and has taught in many fields. Michael currently holds an active C-10 electrical license.
Michael owns and runs Audio High, Inc., one of the most successful home automation companies in the US. He also owns and runs MomoSims, a high-end racing and flight simulator manufacturer. Before founding Audio High, Michael was involved with a number of technology companies in the Bay Area. For seven years, Michael was a development manager at Apple Computer. During his tenure at Apple, he wrote and published a programming book; wrote the telecommunications code that sent the first e-mail from space and supported the astronauts during that mission; and re-architected America Online to support other languages, cultures, and writing systems. In addition, he co-designed the telecommunications language used by American Online (AOL), Apple, General Electric, CompuServe, and others; and he designed the Unicode compression algorithm used by Apple and AOL. Michael also designed the user interfaces for several Apple products, wrote a suite of online content-publishing tools, and was the technical editor for numerous publications.
Michael also currently serves on the board of directors for Persp3ctive, Inc., a Los Angeles-based company that builds technology platforms for augmented and virtual reality applications. Last year, Persp3ctive was a finalist for the SXSW Music Innovation awards.
Michael has co-founded three other technology companies and founded six other successful businesses. He has co-authored a number of patents. For his work with NASA on several projects, Michael was made an honorary Air Force Captain.
Michael also has a long history of doing volunteer work, starting at a young age raising money for Muscular Dystrophy. His volunteer work also includes teaching for the American Red Cross, doing emergency medical work at the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber, volunteering for the SPCA, and doing molecular biology research at Stanford University. He has also done volunteer work as an EMT and DMT. He is a Divemaster who specializes in both dive-related medicine and underwater photography. Using his background in molecular biology, Michael served for two years as the chair of the Research Advisory Committee of CFRI (Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc.) and participated as a member of this committee of doctors and scientists for some time before that. Most recently, Michael served for two years on the board of directors of the Motorsport Safety Foundation, and as part of that role, he taught high-performance driving instructors across the US how to teach others the art of driving on a race track. He has also coached and instructed hundreds of individuals in high-performance driving.
Michael currently runs two non-profit foundations, one based in Washington state and one in California. His California-based non-profit foundation (Silver Lining Giving, AKA “Silver Linings”) is focused on helping children with a focus on health, music, and the arts as well as environmental concerns. His Washington-based non-profit (also called “Silver Lining Giving”) was created to provide free culinary training to disadvantaged children and to bring the culinary arts to children in areas where they might not otherwise have the opportunities to learn these important life skills. His work with LKA ties in perfectly with this non-profit work, and he is donating 100% of his earnings to his foundation.
Love is the one ingredient that is always in my kitchen.