Ott graduated from the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering in 1973 and began his career with his co-op program employer, Rohm and Haas, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a Technical Sales Representative, assigned to Baltimore, Maryland, Mike attended the University of Baltimore and obtained a degree in Accounting, after which he became a Certified Public Accountant. His next assignment was Chicago, Illinois, where he attended the University of Chicago and obtained his MBA in Finance, Marketing and Accounting.
In 1980, he and his wife, Ginger, moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where he was the Sales Manager for Rohm and Haas - New Zealand. He became the Polymers, Resins and Monomers Divisional Manager in 1982 for Rohm and Haas - Mexico, headquartered in Mexico City. In 1985, Mike returned with his family to Philadelphia and started with Polysciences, Inc., eventually purchasing the company from its founder in 1993.
Polysciences employs over 200 people and has operations in Fishers, Indiana, West Deptford, New Jersery, Hirschberg an der Bergstrasse, Germany, Taipei, Taiwan, and is headquartered in Warrington, Pennsylvania of scenic Bucks County near Philadelphia. Mike has surrounded himself with Ph.D. Chemists and Chemical Engineers for the development of new products for the specialty marketplace.
Mike spends much of his time with his wife Ginger and their two sons, Ryan and Andrew who now are in Senior Management roles at the Company. He enjoys fly fishing on the many trout streams of Pennsylvania, in addition to gardening at his property in Abington, Pennsylvania.