Michael Schmidtke, JD

Director of Operations

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Michael is a multi-talented professional with over 15 years of financial services experience.  He focuses on operational efficiency which also includes organizational efficiency and communication.  He has worked for many well-known large companies in the US and overseas and brings a wealth of experience and insight to Planning Alternatives.

Michael is a key member of the leadership team at Planning Alternatives where he serves as a bridge between the operations group and the Advisors and their clients.

Michael earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami, School of Law and he also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management from Albion College.

Who is the most influential person in your life? 
My father, he was very hard working and intellectually curious and he taught me to never stop learning and growing, but more importantly, to listen to everyone because we don’t know it all and everyone deserves to be heard.  He was a truly unique person and I am lucky to have had him as a role model.

Share a unique fact about yourself: 
I am one of only a handful of people who are licensed to practice law in the island country of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and Chuuk State of the FSM.

Describe one thing you loved growing up:
I used to love when the ground would freeze because then we could have our outdoor rink behind our house and my brother and I could leave our skates at the backdoor and play pick up hockey every day after school and weekends.

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