Michael brings to the Board experience in banking and finance, as well as a passion for fostering philanthropy. Since 1998, he has worked for Bell Bank (and its predecessor, Northern Capital Trust) located in his hometown of Fargo, North Dakota. Michael launched Bell Bank’s “Pay It Forward” project, providing every full-time employee with a thousand dollars each year to give to individuals, families or organizations in need. The bank’s culture, including its commitment to staff and community, has been highlighted by media outlets from CBS Evening News and the BBC to Good Morning America, USA Today and People magazine. Michael holds degrees from Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota) and William Mitchell College of Law.
- Board chair, Prairie Heights Community Church
- Concordia College Board of Regents
- Past campaign chair, United Way of Cass Clay
- Past board chair, Trollwood Performing Arts School