Steven is a Senior Advisor with Michael Best Strategies’ Government Relations team. He brings more than 35 years of experience serving as an attorney and in corporate executive leadership roles to his position with Strategies. Steven provides clients with insight, guidance, and advocacy relating to environmental, agriculture, and manufacturing compliance, growth, sustainability, and other matters.
Before joining Strategies, Steven launched his own consultancy, SPR Consulting, where he provided strategic guidance to companies in the agriculture and natural resources sectors. He helped clients discover and implement sustainable opportunities, and advised on other environmental issues, social impact change, and operational and communications improvements.
Steven was previously the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Newtrient LLC, an innovative dairy industry consortium committed to reducing the environmental footprint of dairy farming. As leader, he implemented changes to maximize economic benefits for farmers, others within the dairy supply chain, and the broader community. Earlier, he spent 10 years as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Northwest Dairy Association and its subsidiary Darigold, Inc. During this time, he was heavily involved with high-profile dairy industry organizations across the country.
As an attorney in private practice, Steven counseled businesses on environmental law and compliance, sustainability reporting and strategies, transactions, joint partnerships, and venture activities. He frequently advised businesses from the mining, construction, real estate, and manufacturing industries.
Earlier in his career, Steven was also the Assistant General Counsel for Holcim, Inc., the North American division of the world’s largest manufacturer of cement and related construction products.