Michael is the founding President and CEO of Growth Opportunity Partners (Growth Opps), a Small Business advisory, investment, and lending community financial institution. For small businesses/middle market companies, Growth Opps provides capital, management consulting, and advisory services to support the growth of companies and the development of management teams. Growth Opps has a particular focus on impact in low and moderate-income communities.
Michael brings a wealth of knowledge to Growth Opps to include the areas of healthcare consulting, tax, wealth management, small business/commercial, finance, credit, and risk management, municipal and non- profit finance, and strategic planning. Prior to creating Growth Opps, Michael worked for established and respected leaders in the financial services industry including KPMG, Morgan Stanley, National City Bank and KeyBank.
Among Michael’s past Board leadership includes, Chairman of the Boards of Our Lady of the Wayside and The Greater Cleveland Film Commission, Board Member for Westfield Bank, American Red Cross, Taylor Oswald Insurance, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (Corporate Secretary), Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Development, and College Now. Michael currently serves in various Board capacities: Cleveland State University College of Urban Affairs Visiting Committee, Cleveland State University Foundation, Destination Cleveland, Karamu House (Vice Chair), and Growth Opportunity Partners (Growth Opps). Michael’s corporate Board responsibilities include Ohio Farmers Insurance Company (OFIC)/Westfield Insurance, and NRP Group, a leading national commercial real estate developer, builder, and property management company.
Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from Ashland University in Business Administration with a focus in Finance and a minor in Spanish. Michael later obtained several licenses with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Married for over 25 years, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and children, in addition to travel and golf.