Senior Tax Manager
Born and raised in Germany, Michael currently lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota with his wife of 18 years and their three children, Wesley, Sophia, and Ella. In his free time, he likes to go to the gym, watch baseball, and hang out with his family. Michael enjoys reading the Bible and Book of Mormon because he feels good and spiritually uplifted when doing so. When he has the opportunity to travel, his favorite destination is Florida.
Michael did not start out his professional career in the accounting field; rather, he worked as an attorney, starting in 2008. He joined the Brady Martz team in 2016 and proceeded to pass all four parts of the CPA Exam over a four-month period despite only having taken a few accounting courses as an undergraduate student. As a senior manager in the firm’s Tax Department, Michael is the go-to person in the firm for resolving tax controversies with the IRS. His work includes researching and preparing memoranda on complex tax issues, drafting tax opinion letters, assisting with the preparation of estate tax returns, analyzing business contracts for compliance with tax rules and regulations, analyzing the tax consequences of complex estate plans, and more.
A persistent and intelligent professional, Michael’s approach is simple: “First, thoroughly understand the law and the facts, and then communicate them in a manner that is professional and understandable in order to achieve the best results.” Michael attributes his impressive career successes to being goal and results-oriented, to his talent for quickly grasping complex subject matter, and to his determination to accomplish whatever he sets his mind to.
Designations & Certifications
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – North Dakota (active), Minnesota (inactive)
- Licensed Attorney – North Dakota (active), South Dakota (active), Minnesota (inactive)
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- North Dakota CPA Society (NDCPAS)
- South Dakota State Bar
- North Dakota State Bar
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Southern Virginia University
- Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Leadership (2005)
- University of Louisville
- Juris Doctor (2008)
- Chapman University
- Master of Laws in Taxation (2010)