Michael counts himself fortunate to be able to marry his passion for entrepreneurship with his love of food and wine. Originally an investment banker involved on global infrastructure projects, Michael joined his family's food business in 1993 and has never turned back. Michael's track record of successful projects have included such renowned brands as Granny Goose Potato Chips, Sunshine Biscuits ("Cheez-It" crackers), and Keebler Foods (the "Elves"). Michael's recent snack food ventures include HK Anderson (America's fastest growing pretzel brand), and Somersault Snacks (the first all natural, nourishing and wholesome seed & grain based snack).
Originally from the Philippines, and raised in both Asia and the United States, Michael is passionate about meeting and learning from people all over the world, especially those with a deep affinity for food, wine and friendship. It is his passion for all three that has led Michael to his latest venture with equally committed friends, Tim and Philippe - on their journey to create the next generation great luxury wine brand – Tusk Estates.
Michael loves to travel, eat delicious food and drink great wine with new and old friends alike. He is a graduate of USC, a member of the Young Presidents Organization and is committed to making a difference in youth education for those less privileged.