Michael is a former U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Infantryman, having retired from the Army in 1994. He has been a lifelong entrepreneur and has owned Brothers Body Equipment, a manufacturer of custom trucks, trailers, and specialty equipment since 1975. He purchased the company without using personal money. Following his retirement from the military, he held various positions in web development, logistics, and financial services companies. He is co-founder of VETtoCEO (now part of Warrior Rising).