Michael put the “P” in SPR. His primary areas of focus include counseling owners and executives of closely held businesses and other high net worth individuals on their personal financial issues, including estate planning, wealth transfer, and income tax planning techniques. Michael is also experienced at providing external audit services for clients in a variety of industries and oversees the firm’s audit department. He also plays the role of a virtual CFO for many of his clients. His favorite thing about SPR is the people. He considers his team his extended family, and that makes all his hard work so much easier.
In his pre-partner days, Michael worked in the tax consulting group at Ernst & Young after earning his BBA and MPA (Masters in Professional Accounting) at the UT Austin Red McCombs School of Business. While in school, Michael received two endowed scholarships, received the Federation of Schools of Accountancy Award in recognition of superior academic achievement, leadership, and professionalism in post-baccalaureate accounting education, and was consistently on the Dean’s List. He also earned the “Top Ten Award” from the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for scoring one of the top ten cumulative scores in the State of Texas on the CPA exam.
These days, when he is not partner-ing, he enjoys spending time with his family – especially in the great outdoors. He loves to water-ski and reminisces about his days on the UT Water-Ski Team in college. He also loves to snow-ski, and one of his all-time favorite vacation spots is the slopes in Whistler, British Columbia. He can’t wait until his two sons get a little older so that they can take birthday “man-trips” together – all three of them were born on the same day!
It is no surprise that Michael loves action. Besides his parents, Jack Bauer and Jason Bourne are his heroes, and Top Gun is his favorite movie. When he was little, he even dreamed of being a fighter pilot. However, he is a born accountant. When asked what his biggest pet-peeve is, he responded with, “Single sub-points, messy spreadsheets…” Yep… He definitely found his calling….