Michael Lortz won’t go so far as to call himself a prodigy, despite being the youngest Shareholder in the firm. He attributes his success, in part, to having grown up quickly in the industry, one in which he’s been working since he was 15 years old, an age when most kids are still getting by on allowances. “My father helped me land what was supposed to be a part-time summer job in the filing department of a small CPA firm. Soon I was managing their payroll, which I continued to do after school started again. I never looked back.”
Whether in the office or visiting a client, Michael is known for the sense of calm he brings to his work, along with a sharp, quick intellect. Even though Michael found his career path at a young age, he doesn’t expect others to follow suit, even if it means they’ll look around for a while. “I trust the adage that you shouldn’t try to mold people to become who you are. You have to help them focus on their strengths so they can become their own person. If you do, they’ll find their path, and they’ll be glad you were there to support them.”
Michael is a frequent speaker on a variety of tax-related topics including recent developments, real estate transaction planning, and business transition planning.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, major in Accounting, University of Idaho, 2002, GPA 4.0
Certified Public Accountant, Oregon
LEED Accredited Professional