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Co-Founder, Design Research & Branding

Michael is a graduate of the University of Akron (B.A. Accounting 1994) and he has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant for over 15 years, and a Certified Fraud Examiner for over 4 years.  Michael’s external audit and forensic investigation experience was primarily obtained during his career with Ernst & Young LLP and KPMG LLP.  Michael has conducted external and internal financial statement audits, SEC formal investigations, assessments of financial risk relative to fraud, IPO filings, due-diligence procedures, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, restatements, and various attestation services for public and private companies. Michael is an active CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF).  Michael is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and National Association of Black Accountants (NABA).

Michael’s entrepreneurial efforts include co-founding Innovelop, LLC in 2009.  Innovelop is a privately held innovation think tank and equity fund comprised of six Partners.  Michael also founded The 1375 Group LLC in 2009 and currently presides as the firms active Chief Executive Officer.     The 1375 Group is a professional services consulting firm specializing in audit and fraud investigation/fraud risk management and has also assisted in the formation of several limited liability corporations by providing guidance on incorporation, accounting and tax matters, marketing strategy, and branding.

Michael has served on the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of Care Alliance, a leading provider of primary health care and dental services to homeless, uninsured/underinsured individuals, for the past 11 years.  Additionally, Michael serves on the Board of Directors for the Consortium of African American Organizations, an organization that serves as a conduit and referral source to existing resources for entrepreneurial development, professional development, and leadership empowerment for its members in Northeast Ohio.

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