Michael Rutherford

Co-Founder of Local Merchant Solutions and Innovative Apartment Group

Michael has over twenty-five years of business experience

Specializing in Information Technology

Higher Occupancy. Higher Retention. Increased Value.

Innovative Apartment Group offers several equal housing resource programs that assists families in need with apartment homes. We deliver a white-label solution that provides advantages for all resident’s rewards & amenities for our community partners.

We help dozens of families in need find new homes each month.

HOMETOWN HERO HOUSING – HometownHeroHousing.com works with communities to enable an applicant the ability to live in a Desired Home that may be close to their employment and/or school district, etc.

LOW CREDIT RENTS & REPAIR – LowCreditRents.com provides assistance & services for those residents with low credit scores.

LOCAL MERCHANT SOLUTIONS – LocalMerchantSolutions.com provides strategic partnerships with national solution architects that serves small to medium size merchants. As agents of social change we contribute to ecosystems and connections across national and local communities.

Many companies are agents of social change that contribute to ecosystems and connections across national and local communities.

Local Merchant Solutions specializes in strategic partnerships and implementing white-label software as a service between merchants and apartment communities.

MY HOT PERKS – MyHotPerks.com is a marketing platform for retail, restaurants and virtual kitchens. My Hot Perks is a platform of unique digital marketing tools that brings our community partners together for an array of services to advertise and promote events, specials, loyalty, rewards, blogs, education, and resources that residents can use around town.

Deals can range from free memberships and admissions to nearby fitness centers, and vouchers for delivery and onsite meal plans, third-party delivery services, and other exclusive discounts around town.Learn more about the social services for Residents, Property Managers, and Merchants where we offer valuable services & solutions throughout Michigan – InnovativeApartmentGroup.com

software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, digital marketing, mobile solutions, managed services, and POS, payment, payroll & HR processing

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Michael Rutherford started his career, at the age of seventeen, in 1977 where he studied in a career technical program as the first Apprentice in the Correspondence Course offered through the American Culinary Federation Educational Institute. The year before the ACF forever changed the culinary industry by elevating the position of the executive chef from service status to the professional category in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Official Titles.

Michael was awarded with the honor as an Apprentice of the Year in 1981.

As a registered ACF apprentice cook in 1977-79. I was signed as the very first Apprentice on the roster, in the entire United States, being offered for the first time through the American Culinary Federation correspondence course. I was sponsored by Robert H. Nelson, CEC, CCE, AAC and mentored by Chef Larry Farhat at the Spring Lake Country Club and Mr. Jim Singerling, CCM, HAAC, HBOT.

It was the same year that Chef Ferdinand E. Metz, CMC, W GMC, AAC, HOF, Dr. L.J. Minor, Chef Louis I. Szathmary and Lt. Gen. John D. McLaughlin were successful working with the Department of Labor in elevating the status of Chef from the “Services” to the “Professional” category.

In 1982 as a Senior at Washburne Trade School/ Culinary Institute, he was chosen to represent his classmates along with six other students at the National Restaurant Association/American Culinary Federation Culinary Classics where they each won a gold medal & a team first place trophy on a national platform.

Michael from a young age, as a working learner, attended major universities for specific course work and certifications, while  gaining years of valuable experience and insight working for leading restaurant and technology firms.

“Michael understands the meaning of partnership and synergy. His ability to communicate, his follow-up and follow-through and his integrity lead me to the recommendation of this individual.” 

~ Chris Snyder – President at TAPS Fish House & Brewery / The Catch / Lillie’s Q

During the first half of Michael’s career he served on opening teams, community services, industry associations, board of advisors, and earned his way as a director of operations. Michael managed more than 30 business locations ranging from very large well branded & high volume venues, hotels, clubs and restaurants to making Nation’s Restaurant News Hot Concepts and Orange County, California #1 Restaurant & Nightclub list for 4 years in a row.

Michael’s annual sales revenue contributions were between $1MM to $28MM with the average business location $5.5MM in sales.

“Michael has a brilliant personality and always uses it to develop better personal relationships, which is why he is respected almost immediately by those he comes in contact with. His attention to detail and ability to prioritize/address the important issues for his sales team has always had a supernatural aura about it. I recommend Michael because he has a desire to excel personally and influences others to do the same.”

~ Nic Wilkinson

Over the past 18 years, Michael has expanded his career into solution sales where he has consulted with hundreds of restaurant owners, CEO’s, COO’s, CIO’s, and CMO’s to assist them with their technology needs.

“Michael Rutherford has been a significant mentor to me in the field of restaurant POS technology and Operations and I recommend him as a valuable asset to any company. He is one of the most task-oriented and focused people I have ever worked with, and excels in doing all due diligence in order to effectively and successfully reach goals and win sales. Michael understands the nuances of doing business and combines that with his years in the field to bring a unique and acute perspective to every process. His inherent drive and competitive nature means that a solution is always possible, the answer is always yes, and he will always see things through to the very end.”

~ Cristal Ghitman


To learn more of Michael’s work experience visit LinkedIn

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