Featured Committee Member: Michael Lalich
Name: Michael Lalich Committee: Evaluation Subcommittee, Demographic Data
Company: Team NEO
Title: Research Manager
How long have you lived in Cleveland: I lived in Cleveland since I was 10 years old.
Why did you choose to serve on an Engage! Cleveland committee?: I want to help connect Engage! Cleveland's activities and story with demographic and economic growth in the Cleveland area.
What do you see as Engage! Cleveland's role in the future?: Engage! Cleveland can help transplants to the area quickly get connected with local groups and activities and give current residents opportunities to form a closer bond with the City of Cleveland with the hope that they will want to stay and grow here and spread the positive message to friends, family, and colleagues around the world.
What is your best piece of advice for young professionals in Cleveland?: Downtown Cleveland and the near west side are great places to live, work, and play but don't forget to experience some of the more out of the way neighborhoods and towns in the area. Spend a day visiting a nearby college town like Kent or Oberlin, check out unique ethnic grocery stores in Mayfield or Parma, or go out to Mentor for a day at the beach. There are many unique places to visit and experiences to be had in Cleveland and the more you know about the area, the better city ambassador and civic booster you will be.
What is your favorite thing about Cleveland?: Quality of life, culture, the people, and the food.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.: I have owned three vintage BMW's. My first convertible allowed rainwater in like a waterfall, the second car was made predominantly of rust, but my current car actually behaves like a fully functioning automobile.
What else should we know about you?: I love to cook and Cleveland is a paradise for finding ingredients and resources. I regularly take advantage of my community garden, the West Side Market, the Shaker Square Farmer's Market, and local Chinese, Indian, and Russian grocery stores. You don't have to be a millionaire in Cleveland to have a decent kitchen and there are great local chefs to provide inspiration.