Michael A. LaChance

Principal:  Operations, IT, Intelligence

Military generals and executives have relied on the work of Michael “Lucky” LaChance over the course of the past 30 years. Lucky leads organizations across gaps that often exist between ideas, plans, operations, and results.

Upon graduation from Auburn University with a Bachelors in Public Administration, Lucky became a Military Intelligence Officer. In this capacity, he mastered the art and science of decision-making and organizational leadership and served in command and staff positions of increasing responsibility. He was also selected for the Department of Defense Post Graduate Intelligence Program at the National Intelligence University and earned a Masters of Science in Strategic Intelligence and taught strategy, intelligence and operations at the Army’s Command and General Staff Officer College. He ended his 21 year career with a tour as the Chief of Intelligence Planning at Third Army which was the commanding Army Headquarters for the Middle East.

In 2005, Lucky transitioned from his military career into the civilian healthcare sector. He was employed by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to design business (competitive) intelligence tools, metrics and applications to support several business units. In 2006, Lucky was selected to lead a co-sponsored US government grant awarded to Tennessee State University by the United States Intelligence Community.

In 2007, Lucky was hired by Spheris, a worldwide leader in medical information, with over 3000 employees worldwide and a revenue stream of $250 million.  His strategic acumen was quickly noticed and he was promoted to the VP of Strategic Planning and Research. In this capacity, Lucky worked on behalf of the CEO to coordinate and align the business units’ activities with the strategic vision, approved action plans, and business intelligence reporting.

In 2009 Lucky joined Cogent-HMG where he developed and integrated 25 portals to the corpoarate headquaters; automated a Contract management system; and implemented CRM pipeline management processes.

In 2011, Wheelhouse’s Steve Simpson and Mark Graham invited him to join Wheelhouse, LLC.  As a Principal, Lucky drives shareholder value to Wheelhouse portfolio companies by systematically recording business processes, identifying and improving inefficiencies, implementing technology solutions, training personnel and driving accountability – even acting as the Portfolio Company’s Chief Operating Officer or General Manager.