Next-Stage Development Group


Michael J. Rider

Next-Stage Development Group, Founding Partner

   Michael (Mike) Rider has over 30 years of senior level management and entrepreneurial experience in the retail and management consulting fields. He earned his undergraduate degree with honors at George Washington University with dual majors in economics and statistics. His graduate work at GW was in econometrics.

   Mike began his career in the late 60s in the management consulting field. Utilizing his computer programming background, he developed economic models for organizations as diverse as New York City Bureau of the Budget, NASA, Burlington Northern Railroad, Volkswagen of America, and AT&T.

   In 1977, Mike took a sabbatical from his work in order to assist his parents with the sale of a small retail business they had operated for many years. With his curiosity piqued, within a year, Rider founded Sassafras, a specialty women's ready to wear discount concept, which he conceptualized, developed, and built from a single location into a 27 store regional chain with revenues in excess of thirty-five million dollars annually.

   Rider sold his solely owned company in 1996 and remained on as a consultant to the purchasers. During his tenure, in addition to serving as the CEO responsible for determining strategic direction, he is credited with designing creative "data mining" solutions to a myriad of issues confronting retailers in the areas of relational marketing and merchandise purchasing, allocation, and vendor relations.

   In 1997, Rider founded MDR Consulting Group, Inc. which specializes in strategic planning, niche marketing, next stage business development, and turnaround management. Currently, Mike has contracts with a broad range of organizations from fields such as petroleum distribution, biomedical research instrumentation, religious not-for-profit consulting, education, and publishing, and specialty niche retailing.

   Rider has served the community in a variety of positions. He is committed to the advancement of business education. He has served in an advisory capacity to educational institutions such as Montgomery County Public Schools, Northern Virginia Community College, University of Maryland, and James Madison University. He has served on the boards of numerous organizations including Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ).

   Mike is lead partner for the Next-Stage Development relationship with B4Health, LLC.

   Mike is married to Debbie, an artist. They reside in Washington, DC and Laguna Beach, CA and have two sons, David and Josh.