About Michael

I just wanna be, I just wanna be successful

– Brother Aubrey Graham

What’s up!? What’s gucci!? What it do?! Welcome to my blog! I’m Michael. You may call me Mike B, Mike, MB, or simply Michael. I don’t have a preference. Just don’t call me Michelle (HAHA seriously). I’m currently a Consultant in the Risk and Financial Advisory practice specifically in their Cyber Risk market offering at my firm. Prior to this, I was Business Advisory Services Senior Associate (IT Auditor for those in the back) at a small CPA firm. I’m also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). 

I’m born and raised in South Carolina. I got my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Accounting from the University of South Carolina. I’m a band geek. I played Alto Saxophone for my entire undergrad career in band. I got my Master of Science in Information Systems Audit and Control from Georgia State University. I lived in Atlanta, Georgia for around four years. I enjoyed my time there but better was waiting for me in the Greater Washington DC area. A restart. A new adventure. A start of fresh journey.

Journey | jour·ney | /ˈjərnē/: an act or instance of traveling from one place to another.

Journey is a word that has been coming to mind since the start of 2019. I’m on a journey to become the best version of myself while I live my best life. 2019 gives me the opportunity to start the year right and I’m on a great start so far. From 2016 to the beginning of 2018 was a rough few chapters in my life. Even though I learned much about myself, I needed a fresh start. Moving from ATL to the DMV in March 2018 was a turning point in my life that I never realized I needed. I’m a southern boy at heart, I love college football on Saturdays, and I drink Sweet Tea. Moving from the south, farther away from family was a test of faith that I passed. I feel like myself again: confident, inspired, and ready to learn! Look at me now. I decided to start a blog (originally I was overwhelmed and afraid to even attempt to start one). I decided to learn a new technical skill such as programming. Later, I will begin studying for another certification. I plan to learn and grow all 2019 and beyond. As I write this about me, I have a kool-aid smile on my face thinking about this journey and all the possibilities of where it will lead me to. Anyways, I think I’ve rambled on enough. Go ahead and take a seat, subscribe to my blog (hopefully I have a place at the bottom of this page where you can drop your email), and enjoy my journey. 

Fun fact: English was my least favorite subject growing up. I never considered myself a strong writer. I remember my struggle papers in my ENGLISH 101 dual enrollment class. I’ll most likely never call myself a writer or blogger. However, I’m 100% sure I will improve throughout this adventure. Just another reason you should stick around during this journey. 

Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

– James Baldwin