Mike is a trusted voice for the auto industry. As President and CEO of Global Automakers, he is a consensus builder who encourages member companies to work together as the auto industry confronts energy conservation, trade policy, and the global environment of the 21st century.
A recognized expert on all things automotive, Mike received The Hill’s top-lobbyist award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and again in 2013. An article in The Hill explains: "the unassuming Stanton is regarded as one of the industry’s most effective advocates, he is extremely well known on the Hill... a walking encyclopedia on a host of industry issues." In 2008, Stanton was selected as a "Government Affairs All-Star" by Automotive News.
For more than 30 years, Mike has represented motor vehicle manufacturers before Congress, the Executive Branch, and State legislatures. He served as Vice President, Government and International Affairs at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Previously he was Director of Government Affairs for the American Automobile Manufacturers Association following 11 years with the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association where he was responsible for federal and state issues.
Mike is a native Washingtonian and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wheeling Jesuit University and a Master’s degree from George Washington University. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and retired as a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.