Michael grew up on an Iowa farm, was in a religious order and did missionary work, taught grad school, worked in finance and business development for Japan's largest bank and the US' largest finance company. He has performed research, analysis and policy development for agriculture, economics, moral and scriptural theology, and politics He is married with three children and currently owns and operates a farm in Manitowoc County where he raises cash crops, livestock, bees, fruit and vegetables.
Education: BA, Jochi Daigaku (Sophia U); MA, MA Law and Diplomacy, PhD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, MA; MST, St. Norbert's College, Green Bay, WI
Representative Director, GE Toshi Shintaku Kaisha (GE Asset Management), Tokyo, Japan; Director, Wisconsin Farmers Union, Chippewa Falls, WI; Director, Call to Action, Milwaukee, WI; Chairperson, Wisconsin Farmers Union Grain Committee and Finance and Investment Committees, Chippewa Falls, WI; member, Manitowoc County Land and Water Stewardship Committee, Manitowoc, WI
Michael is interested in both preserving and improving our natural environment, particularly in getting farmers to change their farming practices to improve soil health and reduce pollution of surface and ground water
Michael has a diverse backgroud in both his professional and personal life. He has started two dance bands, wrote music and directed choirs and psalm groups, played tenor saxophone, B-flat clarinet, and guitar. . He has enjoyed running marathons, playing ice hockey, and long-distance biking