Michael never planned on getting into the insurance industry; despite his mother’s position as a nationally recognized expert in disability income protection and his late grandfather’s long career as a general agent for Cal-Farm Insurance Company.
Moving to Seattle in 2001, he began working part-time at the Seattle Agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company while attending college. In less than 12 months the General Agent offered him a full-time position at the firm running the day-to-day finances, commissions, and the back-office operations for the agency.
Four years, two promotions, and a major office move later, Michael was asked to leave Guardian with the General Agent to open a new branch office in Seattle for Ash Brokerage. During his nearly 8 years with Ash he coordinated and emceed two large advanced planning conferences in 2009 and 2011; each attended by 75-100 advisors from around the Northwest. Having left Ash in July 2012, Michael founded his own firm, The Staeb Company, LLC. Since then his company has grown into Staeb Brokerage, a brokerage general agent and Staeb Consulting, helping advisors with training and growing their practices in new areas.
Advanced Case Design | Field Underwriting
Estate & Business Planning Concepts | Policy Review
Producer Event Planning | CE Course Design & Instruction
A firm believer in giving back both personally and professionally, Michael spent 5 years on the Board of Directors of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA, www.thegsba.org). There he focused his efforts on their scholarship program and advocacy efforts on behalf of LGBT families and their businesses.
Within the insurance industry he is involved with the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA, www.naifa.org). He serves as President-Elect for NAIFA Seattle/Eastside and both Communications Chair and Region VI Vice President for NAIFA Washington helping each of the local better communicate with members and non-members. He also is the Chair of the planning committee for the 2014 State Convention. Michael is also a graduate of the Leadership In Life Institute (LILI), a personal/professional development program of NAIFA.
Michael lives with his husband of 11 years (Jonathan), their two cats (Nikita and Smokie), and a collection of freshwater tropical fish in West Seattle. He enjoys the tennis, skiing, fine dining, live theatre, spy movies, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
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