Michael was raised in San Diego, CA and grew up on and around yachts from day one. At a young age he began his yachting career by working at his family’s Boat Yard located on Shelter Island in San Diego and began sailing not long after at the age of 9. In addition to working in the boatyard, Michael spent many summers cruising on his family’s yachts from the Thousand Islands on the East Coast, to Catalina and the Delta to the San Juan Islands on the West Coast. In 2000 he was presented with the opportunity to purchase one of the very yachts that he had spent many days aboard while growing up, a 1962 55’ Stephens that has been a family heirloom and now continues to fulfill Michael’s life passion of classic yachting.
Before joining Fraser Yachts, Michael worked in the real estate industry and was a top producer and number one in his sales region, while continuing to fulfill his love of boating by owning his own vessels. He then combined his interest in sales with his passion for boating by taking a position with a Yacht Brokerage house in Newport Beach, CA. This enabled him to learn the ropes of the industry before venturing out to start his own Company, “American Yachts”, which opened in 2000 with two locations, Newport Beach and San Diego. Not only was this a successful adventure, but an enormous learning experience that enabled Michael to see everything involved to be successful in this industry. Due to demand, he sold his company in 2004, and even though this was one of the most significant and important experiences in his life, when the opportunity to join the elite team at Fraser Yachts was presented, he was not only honored, but elated and excited at the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead with such a reputable and admired company. Fraser Yachts has enabled Michael to expand into the Global aspect of yachting including touring many US and European ship yards and attending yacht shows globally, thus providing Michael the knowledge and expertise in which the large yacht customer expects. Michael is currently pursuing the growth of Fraser Yachts charter fleet and destinations in the waters of Baja and the Mexican Riviera.
Michael continues to reside in San Diego, CA with his wife Nicola and raising his son Colby while enjoying his own classic flushdeck motoryacht the same in which he grew up on.