Michael Starkel is a portfolio manager at Parsec Financial, based in Asheville, NC. He has his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Western Governors University. He started at Parsec as a client service assistant and was quickly promoted to a client service specialist. He is currently studying for the CFA level 1 exam. Prior to joining Parsec, Michael served as a firefighter/paramedic in Michigan for eight years before relocating to the Asheville area and starting a new career in the financial services industry. In his free time, Michael enjoys running, reading, and hiking with his wife and dog.