Candid communicator. Dedicated collaborator. Charismatic connector.
Michael joined the First National team in February 2019 with a mandate of growing First National’s presence and brand in the British Columbia market. His focus is twofold – impart his technical skills and market insight to augment the expertise of the existing team while also acting as a neutral, transparent resource on risk analysis and market developments for investors.
The majority of Michael’s career has been spent in the banking world, at different types of institutions both international and regional. It was through these various roles that he recognized the importance of appreciating and considering divergent points of view. Humbled by that revelation, Michael now naturally takes everything in, understands it, thinks about it in different dimensions and develops solutions that make sense for everyone.
For Michael, lending is synonymous with transparency. He embraces the entirety of a situation, both good and bad. While he commits to candid communication, he never dwells in the negative, but rather focuses on the learning and possibilities. Michael is proud of the reputation that he’s earned as someone dedicated to getting things done. And that doesn’t always mean deals and outcomes. It also means reliability, relationships, impartiality and looking beyond the transaction. In speaking with Michael, his disarming nature is indisputable. That comes from his earned knowledge and genuine passion, which he is always willing to share openly. He wants people to walk away from conversations with him having learned something valuable, not because he wants the validation, but because he’s genuinely interested in connecting with people at a people level.
Working at First National, Michael is excited to marshal the possibilities associated with growing the influence of such an established brand in the B.C. market. He feels very fortunate to fuse his belief in the First National brand with his passion for the B.C. market to make a real impact for his team, for investors and for his dynamic network.