Michael received a BS in Math Education from OSU in 1981 and started his professional career teaching high school math and coaching wrestling in Columbus. In 1988 he completed an MA in Math with applied areas of actuarial science and education from OSU, after having joined Mercer Consulting to learn about pension actuarial analysis. Opportunities became available first at Nationwide where for 10 years he managed retirement plan investment sales, and then as a VP at Huntington National Bank where he sold trust investment services through their commercial banking operations. He then worked for 10 years as an Investment Advisor Representative with Great American Advisors and Lincoln Investments. In conjunction with his professional financial activities Michael also continued to cultivate his public service interests. He served as an adjunct professor at Columbus State Community College, Franklin University, Hocking College and COTC. He was the Treasurer of Columbus State's Development Foundation and President of the Delaware County Friends of the Trail where he successfully negotiated the purchasing and opening of the Galena Brick Trail. He was nominated for The Iron Eyes Cody Award through Keep America Beautiful for his efforts. He became a certified tree farmer in 2010 after having begun reforestation efforts at Bald Eagle Pass Tree Farm in the 90s. He has been a Master Gardner Volunteer with OSU since 2017. In 2022 Michael was awarded the Ohio Tree Farmer of the Year through the American Forest Foundation. His personal interests are tree farming, biking, yoga, tai chi, weight training, hiking, and gardening.