Michael joined the PA family in 2020 after discovering that they mirror his passion for serving others through education and goal-oriented financial management. He is most at home when face-to-face with others; discovering their goals and desires for their lives and the lives of their friends and family.
Michael is a graduate from the College For Financial Planning. He earned his MBA from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University where he also sat on the Executive Boards for the MBA Association, Multicultural Association, and Spartan Consulting. Michael also attained his BA from the University of Michigan and still bleeds Maize and Blue despite supporting MSU in sports whenever they are not against the Wolverines.
Michael believes in and supports the resurgence of Detroit and works towards that goal while volunteering for Life Remodeled, Michigan’s Humane Society, and The Greening of Detroit. He has spent the last few years on the Executive Board for the University District Community Association of Detroit and strives to help all among his community as their Treasurer. When Michael isn’t cooking or playing a round of golf, he can be found spending time with his wife, Leslie, at the dog park with their rescue dog, Harley Quinn.
Who is the most influential person in your life?
The most influential person in my life is my mother. It sounds like a cheesy answer, but it’s the truth. Both my parents were born overseas; my mother in St. Vincent and my father in Colombia. Like many immigrants, they both grew up very poor and worked themselves to the bone to put themselves through college and to make enough to get by. When my father passed away, my mother raised my brother and me on a high school teacher’s salary. Despite the challenges, she encouraged us to both go to college and to always place an importance on education. She taught me work ethic and kindness without sacrificing my principles. Now that my brother and I have benefited from what we have learned, we are able to give back and to ensure that she thrives in her well-deserved retirement.