Michael Northington received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and his Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Saint Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He received his Ph.D. in Leadership from Capella University in summer of 2015.

After graduating from Purdue Michael worked for International Harvester Heavy Duty Truck Division in Fort Wayne, Indiana as a Supervisor in the Tune and Test department. He left International Harvester and started working for the Kroger Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana as an Operations Supervisor in their Distribution Center.  Currently Michael is working for Dart Container Corporation as Manager of the Distribution Center in Dallas, Texas. He has been working at Solo Cup Company/Dart Container Corporation as an Operations Manager for over fifteen years and teaching Management of Operations as an Adjunct Professor for over nine years at the University of Dallas.