Michael Allman, a long-time San Diego County resident, is an experienced businessman with a distinguished career spanning technology, energy, and international businesses.
From 2014 to 2016, Mike was with Bit Stew Systems, a software company operating in the “Industrial Internet of Things” industry that links computers with machines. Mike’s roles at Bit Stew included President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. Mike led the sale of Bit Stew to General Electric in 2016, in a deal that was awarded “Deal of the Year” by the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.
From 1998 to 2012, Mike held leadership positions with Sempra Energy, a Fortune 300 energy holding company based in San Diego. During this period, Mike was the Chairman, President, and CEO of Southern California Gas Company, the largest natural gas distribution company in the United States. Prior to leading the Gas Company, Mike was the President and CEO of Sempra Generation, a pioneering electric generation company, where he launched the large-scale solar power industry, and built one of the largest renewable energy businesses in the country.
Additional prior roles with Sempra include being the Chief Financial Officer of Sempra’s non-utility energy businesses, Vice President of Internal Audit, President of Sempra Communications, and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development.
Before joining Sempra Energy, Mike was a Partner with The LEK Consulting Group and held postings in Los Angeles, London, Johannesburg, and Chicago.
Mike was raised in Michigan, and attended Michigan State University, where he earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. In 1985 he received an MBA with a Finance Specialization from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mike currently resides in North San Diego with his wife, Lee Ann Allman, where he advocates for the adoption of the principles of direct democracy to hold elected officials accountable to their constituents. Mike and Lee Ann have two adult children.