Michael joined ACG LA as CEO following two years at the USC Marshall School of Business. At USC, Michael founded and managed the USC Marshall Venture Fund, a university-owned venture fund investing in Trojan founded startups. He was also the Executive Director of a major entrepreneurship initiative within the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He continues his association with USC Marshall as an adjunct faculty member.
Michael joined USC Marshall after eleven years as the Founder & President of 6th Street Ventures, an early-stage investment firm based in Santa Monica, CA. 6th Street made debt and equity investments across various sectors, including enterprise technology/SaaS, e-commerce, alternative energy, real estate, and franchises.
In addition to his role as an investor, Michael is an experienced serial entrepreneur. In 2005, Michael was among the first franchisees of Planet Fitness gyms, building locations in Wisconsin and California. In 2010, Michael co-founded Westside Trading Company, a commodity trading firm based in central California. With Westside on course to reach its revenue goal of $90 million for 2013, Michael exited to focus on expanding the 6th Street family of investments.
Michael began his career as an attorney in Washington, D.C.
He received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University School of Law. He is a member of the Washington, D.C. Bar.
Michael resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Andrea, and their three children.