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Michael Halbrook is a child of God, a husband, dad, servant leader, writer, scouter, outdoorsman, and Catholic deacon candidate.
Home & Family
Michael & Suzanne have been married since 2004 and have four sons: Thomas Xavier, Matthew James, Joseph Michael, & Andrew John.
By Day: Work & Career
Michael serves as the Chief of Staff to the leader of Adobe Professional Services in the Americas. In this role, he leads special projects and operationalizes new go-to-market initiatives, while spearheading organizational communications and change management efforts. In collaboration with the other key leaders of the Americas professional services business, Michael shares responsibility for the health and growth of this 500+ person team and its revenue commitment to Adobe.
Prior to the Chief of Staff role, Michael was one of three key senior leaders through the initiation and growth of the unified business consulting practice within Adobe Consulting, representing a team of 85 that brought strategic business solutions to Adobe customers while growing its business to approximately $16M annually.
Prior, Michael helped lead some of the highest-growth areas of Adobe Consulting, after years as a consultant on Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions. Earlier in his career, Michael was an on-air talent and online director at three St. Louis radio stations, founded and sold a dotcom company in 2000, helped launch a digital division at St. Louis’ largest media production house, and helped lead digital media and analytics for customers including AT&T and Anheuser Busch at a St. Louis ad agency.
By Night: Servant Leader, Deacon Candidate, and Scouter
When not with his family or working for Adobe, Michael seeks ways to give back in servant leadership.
He is currently a deacon candidate – discerning, studying, and in formation for possible ordination as a deacon in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. In his current pastoral internship assignment, he is assisting with leading the Parish School of Religion (PSR) program, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and marriage preparation, as well as performing other pastoral and liturgical duties. In his last assignment, he helped re-launch a food pantry and led a weekly lectio divina prayer group as well as other catechetical and faith formation programs. He entered formation in the fall of 2015 and his class is journeying toward possible ordination in 2021.
Michael currently serves as the lead content adviser for the national communications subcommittee of the Order of the Arrow (Scouting’s national honor society), and on the district committee (Marketing & PR chair) for the Cahokia Mounds District of the Greater St. Louis Area council. He is also committee chairman of Boy Scout Troop 103 in Granite City, Illinois, the troop in which he was a youth and earned his Eagle rank, and the assistant cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 103.
Since turning 18, and before, volunteer roles in scouting have ranged from local to national volunteer positions and event staffs. These have included (national) technical director and support director for the National Order of the Arrow Shows committee at National Order of the Arrow Conferences (NOACs) and BSA National Jamborees, author of the 2002 NOAC Theme Show “Passages”, council executive board member (youth representative for 2 years as Order of the Arrow lodge chief), unit commissioner, assistant scoutmaster, and cub scout den leader. From 1991 to 2000, Michael served as a paid member of the council summer camp staff. Download Michael’s full scouting resume here.
Music Director & Organist
In junior high and high school, Michael played keyboard with a guitar group at his home parish, Holy Family Catholic Church in Granite City, Illinois. After leaving the parish for a period of time, he returned and became music director in 2002. He served as music director and organist from 2002 to 2016, leading various iterations of adult choir, childrens’ choir, and assorted instruments, while integrating Gregorian Chant, traditional hymnody, and modern worship music in various liturgical and ministry settings as appropriate.