Michael served in the US Navy (aviation), stationed with VFA-192 onboard the USS Midway (CV-41), VP-40 at NAS Moffett Field as well as VAQ-133 at NAS
Whidbey Island.  Michael earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Operation Ernest Will (Persian Gulf) .

Michael has held several board level roles with VFW Post 1 since 2002, and is very active with veterans’ issues with an emphasis on veteran employment. He also serves on the Selective Service Board as well as for Employer Support of the Guard/Reserve (ESGR) focusing on Veteran employment initiatives with local companies. In between cycling, skiing, snowshoeing and backcountry hiking, he likes to travel to Europe and Belize with his wife, Dr. Sheila Rucki. They reside in Denver, CO.

Michael owns OC Consulting, a national executive search firm based in Denver, CO. He has been recruiting for executive level and unique positions around the world since 1997.