Michael is a graduate of Butler University. Upon graduation in 1994, he began his career at a public accounting firm specializing in financial service companies. In 2003, Michael began working for a large community bank headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. He has held various positions since moving to Owensboro, Kentucky in 2009, where he continued his career with German American Bank. He has served on various community boards and organizations throughout his life. Michael has also served as a mentor in the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. He and his wife Tara have two boys, Ryan and Jackson.