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Dennis E. Michels, CFP®

Dennis E. Michels, CFP® is a financial advisor with the firm of Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc. Founded in 1919, Baird is an international wealth management, investment banking, and private equity firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Dennis leads a team of financial experts specializing in private asset management for wealthy families, affluent business owners and institutions with the goal of prudent, long-term accumulation of wealth. He manages the investments of his clients as a fee based advisor. Dennis graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in economics and continued his career-related studies to earn the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner™. He has also completed the Investment Counsel Program at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and has earned the title Senior Investment Consultant. Dennis regularly speaks to professional groups on financial and investment planning topics. He is a regular contributor to the Orlando Sentinel Business Section, the Orlando Business Journal, and several professional trade publications. He has also been quoted on financial planning topics in USA Today. Dennis is active in many professional organizations including the Estate Planning Conference Committee of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Orlando Regional Healthcare Foundation Planned Giving Advisory Board, the Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute Leadership Committee, the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Orlando and is an affiliate member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar. Dennis is also one of the editors of the Central Florida FICPA newsletter. Dennis is also involved in a variety of community activities through his church, 1st Presbyterian Church of Orlando, and the missionary organization Missionary Ventures International. Dennis and his wife Anne enjoy leading Crown Ministries classes at 1st Presbyterian and Dennis is a regular member on mission teams to Central America and the Caribbean.