Michael was born in Michigan and spent his teenage years in Los Angeles, CA. He served three years in the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam war and later graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelors, Masters and a PH. D. degree in Administration and Educational Leadership. He and his wife Martha owned and operated a very successful interior fabrics store and decorating business in Tuscaloosa, AL for 25 years. They moved to Ajijic in 2007 with their son Michael Jr. They attend St. Andrews Anglican Church in Riberas del Pilar where Michael serves on the Vestry.