Mike is the grandson of Polish immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island between 1911 and 1916 and settled in “South Chicago,” an area on the far southeast side of Chicago. Mike’s mother and father endured the Great Depression and his father served during WWII as an Army medic in the European and Pacific theaters. His parents worked hard to instill the values of their generation in Mike, above all, to take responsibility for oneself.

Mike served three years in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division. He began his career in accounting after his discharge in 1973. While working a full-time job, he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Calumet College and passed the exam to become a Certified Public Accountant.

Mike worked at Illinois Central Railroad, Checkers Simon & Rosner, BDO Seidman, Arthur Andersen, and Grant Thornton during his 38 year professional career. When he reached the mandatory retirement age at Grant Thornton in 2011, Mike retired as partner without any doubts that he was much too young for retirement.
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