Michael excels at building lasting relationships with his clients and is particularly passionate about helping companies grow their understanding of the importance of IT security controls, as well as seeing the benefits of that growth as it applies to their security framework. Michael is often recognized for his ability to develop a strong understanding of his clients’ immediate and future needs, allowing him to provide valuable proactive and consultative services that are unique to each client.
Michael began his career focusing on financial statement audits and has expanded to include IT audits over the past 4 years. His primary areas of focus include SOC report engagements and SOX consulting for companies in a variety of industries, though he also has experience in HIPAA compliance, PCI compliance and more. With his extensive technical knowledge and industry experience, Michael has been a trusted resource for his clients throughout his career and consistently provides them with effective, timely solutions for complex compliance challenges.
Prior to joining the IT audit team at Holtzman Partners, Michael worked on the financial audit team at PwC and the IT audit teams at both Armanino LLP and Schellman & Co. His industry experience includes working on the internal audit team at Cost Plus World Market.
Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Mason University and became a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) in 2017. Michael is a member of his local Austin, TX ISACA chapter.
In his spare time, Michael can be found at the Austin Film Society catching a movie with his wife, Katherine, or out exploring Texas with their dog, Lucy.
What’s something many people don’t know about you?
I have played the drums for almost 20 years and played in a handful of touring bands in the past.
When I retire… I’d like to live in a small seaside community; Astoria, Oregon, for example, or somewhere in Maine.
I am happiest when… I’m playing with my dog, riding my bike around town or camping with my wife.
What’s something you know a lot about?
I’m into collecting obscure heavy metal records and cassette tapes–mainly late ’70s through mid-90s.