Born in the flatlands of Houston, Texas, Michael first fell in love with the Colorado Mountains when he came on vacations in the 1960s. He worked as an attorney and manager for Exxon and Exxon Mobil for almost 40 years in a series of jobs involving projects, negotiations, regulations, and litigation in the U.S. and countries around the world. A principal focus of his career was on environmental issues, like land use and conservation concerns. While he and his family moved frequently, Michael and his wife, Meg, bought their first property in Crested Butte in 1997 and now split their time between the Texas Hill country and Mount Crested Butte. Michael works as a consultant, and both he and Meg have served on the boards and committees of charitable organizations in the valley, including the Adaptive Sports Center.