Michael was born in New York where he grew up and graduated Plainview Old-Bethpage High School. He attended S.U.N.Y. Farmingdale and received an Associate Degree in Business Management. He went through the Executive Training Program at Times Square Stores before moving to Colorado where he finished his BA in Business Marketing at Colorado State University.
Michael has worked in the jewelry business since 1974 as owner and manager of Zeppo Merchandisers, Inc.. He completed the GIA Graduate Gemology Program in 1985. Zeppo Merchandisers, Inc. is a manufacturing and importing firm making most of their jewelry in Thailand. Zeppo carries a variety of jewelry products with a focus on Metaphysical and New Age Themes.