Michael Heaton is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Markel Ventures, a division of Markel Corporation. Mr. Heaton joined Markel in 2006 and shortly thereafter became involved in the growth of Markel Ventures. Since that time, the group has expanded to nineteen companies with over 11,000 people and nearly $2 billion in revenues. Mr. Heaton enjoys working with this very diverse group of companies. Together with the team at Markel Ventures, Mr. Heaton has worked the past decade to support the exceptional leaders of these companies who operate with a high degree of autonomy and are focused on the long term success of their respective businesses. Mr. Heaton is a graduate of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and of Brigham Young University.