AZ PBL State Chapter Adviser
Local Chapter: Arizona Professional Division
Mike was born in Phoenix Arizona, on June 15, 1969, and is the oldest of two brothers. He received his B.S. in Accountancy from Arizona State University in 1992 and then began working for the State of Arizona as a financial auditor. Mike went on to become a Certified Public Accountant and is still working for the state as a Financial Audit Manager.
Mike first joined the FBLA-Middle Level in 1982 at Shea Middle School in north Phoenix, the first Middle Level chapter in Arizona. Mike continued his involvement in FBLA during his junior and senior years at Shadow Mountain High School, where he placed 1st in Accounting at two regionals and attended two NFLC’s and two NLC’s. He also participated on the State Conference planning committee. Mike continued his FBLA-PBL involvement by helping to re-activate the ASU PBL chapter in 1988. During his time in ASU PBL, Mike helped the chapter establish the ASU Business Skills Day (an event for AZ high school business students that continued for 25 consecutive years) and host the 1990 PBL State Leadership Conference. As a PBL member, Mike placed in numerous state competitions and placed 10th in Business Communication and 5th in American Enterprise Project (a report based on the ASU Business Skills Day) at the national level. After graduating from ASU in 1992, Mike continued his involvement by becoming a lifetime member of the Professional Division and volunteering to judge at FBLA conferences. He later became a co-adviser for the ASU PBL chapter from 1996-98, and when the Arizona Department of Education discontinued its support for PBL, he helped the chapter leaders create a new structure for PBL led by volunteers and the State Officer Team. Mike volunteered to be the State Adviser in 1998 and has been serving in this role ever since.