After a long career in the Graphics Arts and commercial printing, Mike opted for a career change in 2000 and moved into the financial planning field. His first interest in financial planning came about while assisting a loved one unravel a complicated estate. Further research showed an aptitude for the field, and he made a leap of faith to change careers. He completed the CFP® Certification Course offered by the College of Financial Planning in Denver, and after meeting required work experience and study requirements, was awarded CFP® Certification in 2007.
In 2003, he opened his own fee-only planning firm. From the firm’s inception, he also worked as a planner with a support service firm that supported planners around the country. He took special interest in addressing difficult, specific issues for planning firms and their clientele on taxation, estate problems and retirement planning. In 2007, Mike joined a planning firm in Grapevine Texas, working there for eight years before joining Dougherty Wealth Management team in January of 2016.
Mike moved to the Dallas Fort Worth area to attend college, and received a BFA in Commercial Art from Texas Christian University. Upon graduation, he joined the Peace Corps, serving in Latin America. He was among three groups of volunteers in different countries helping artisans pass on their knowledge to a newer generation of craftsmen. In Santiago, Chile, his group worked with the wife of the President of the country in setting up a cooperative for the marketing of indigenous arts and crafts to the tourist trade. Upon return to the United States, he began a career in the graphic arts, working in advertising, direct mail catalogue production and commercial printing. His graphics career took him around the country, working for companies in Los Angeles, Chicago, Milwaukee and Dallas.
Mike and his wife Sharon are long time residents of North Dallas. He plays part-time assistant to his real estate agent wife. Mike enjoys doting on his five (soon to be six) grandchildren and is a rabid Texas Rangers fan. He is involved with the Dick Granger Neighborhood Ministry as well as an Elementary School Reading Buddies Program through the Church of the Incarnation.