Michael Roach is one of the founders of Andin International Diamond Corporation, which grew from a small startup to annual sales of $250 million, and was recently purchased by Warren Buffett, the world’s third
wealthiest person. He is the author of The Diamond Cutter, published by Doubleday Company, which tells the story of how he used the ancient wisdom of Tibet to help turn Andin into one of the fastest-growing companies in the history of New York. The book has become an international best-seller and has been translated into some 20 different languages to date. More than 3 million people globally use the book to achieve personal and business success.
Michael is an honors graduate of Princeton University and received the Presidential Scholar Medallion from the President of the United States at the White House. He is also a recipient of the McConnell Scholarship Prize from the Princeton’s prestigious institute for international affairs, the Woodrow Wilson School. He has served as a consultant and board member for a number of different organizations and government agencies, ranging from the United States Library of Congress to the Russian Academy of Sciences. Michael is fluent in a number of Asian and western languages, and is the first westerner ever to be awarded a doctorate from Sera Mey University of Tibet, China, one of the world’s oldest learning institutions.
The Diamond Cutter draws on Michael’s corporate experience in a broad range of business skills. Its principles were used first in human resources, as Michael hired, trained, and motivated hundreds of employees for Andin; the current workforce for the company in all associated operations exceeds 5,000 employees, with high worker satisfaction and almost no turnover. He was the primary negotiator for company purchasing, which in peak season exceeded over one million diamonds per month, and in the process developed sophisticated training methods for all negotiation and purchasing operations.
Diamond Cutter principles were also applied to manufacturing and quality control processes, especially with offshore production centers that Michael helped found and manage in countries including China, Thailand, Israel, Japan, and Brazil. At Andin, with the help of The Diamond Cutter, Michael pioneered a wide range of new inventory control systems and budgeting procedures which have now been imitated by companies around the world seeking inexpensive but highly accurate financial and inventory accountability.
He is a pioneer in information technology systems that are now used globally in some of the largest database projects of their kind. He travels internationally to teach individuals and companies how the secrets of The Diamond Cutter can make any executive, and any company, reach an extraordinary level of success in every aspect of business and life.