Michael Cannistra has been a member of the NEST team since 2015. He has over 28 years of experience in Corporate Operations, Human Resources and the Labor Relations industry. In his role as Director of Compliance, he serves as a resource to the NEST Independent Service Providers by educating them on company techniques, processes, and procedures as well as developing coaching strategies enabling them to become more successful. He is also responsible for maintaining the infrastructure of the NEST Compliance team and for the overall management of the Operational departments within the NEST of Florida office. These responsibilities include the overall development and implementation of viable processes and to create structure and support these initiatives to ensure that the compliance department has fully vetted compliant service providers in all areas of the country and enhancing and developing the existing Independent Service Providers.
Before joining NEST, Michael served as Director of Human Resources for 11 years with Vineyards Development Corporation where he managed all facets of human resources for over 250 employees including Operations, Compliance requirements, Labor Relations, Recruiting and all ancillary lines of insurances. In addition, he served as the Administrator of Vineyards self-funded health care plan and as was the Trustee of the Vineyards 401K pension plan. Previously, Michael spent 17 years in upstate New York working as a Labor Relations Specialist for UFCW, an international union with over 1.3 million members. His chief responsibilities were contract negotiations, contractual interpretation and processing all state/federal arbitration cases in his region. He also served 13 years on the board of trustees for their multi-employer health care and pension funds.
Michael graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York and is a graduate of the Harvard University’s class of 1993 Trade Union Program. In his ongoing continuing education he has earned and maintains his PHR certification since 2009 and in 2014 also earned his SHRP-CP certification from the Society of Human Resource Management. He currently serves on the Board of Director for HR Collier in Naples, Florida. When Michael is not working, he enjoys playing golf with friends and family and sport fishing in the Florida Keys.