Michael Ferrara is a 1969 graduate of Syracuse University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. During his senior year at Syracuse, Mike served as commander of the university’s Air Force ROTC cadet group. He then served for nine years as an Air Force officer. His time in the military included one year in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, four years in the military space program, and his final year at Air Force headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mike also earned a Master of Science Degree in Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. A career change into the world of finance brought Mike to Wall Street where he founded and directed a wealth management team that served more than 300 individuals and businesses and managed $500 million in securities. Mike retired in 2014 from Morgan Stanley as a First Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager. Never one to fully retire, Mike started a new career as an author. He and his wife of forty-three years, Catherine, reside in Charleston, South Carolina, where he is an avid golfer, gourmet cook, and supporter of the First Tee of Greater Charleston.