M.J. is proud to have co-founded Pathlight with his mother and long-time colleague and friend Adrian. He particularly enjoys the ability and opportunity to influence and craft a work environment and culture that was previously unavailable to him at his prior workplaces. After graduating from the University of San Francisco, and capping a successful basketball career with a trip to the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, M.J. began his career with lauded mutual fund institution, Franklin-Templeton. While there he held positions in various operational departments and a stint on the equity-trading desk. Upon leaving Franklin, M.J. worked for Salomon Smith-Barney in Menlo Park, CA, the epicenter of the technology revolution. He often says that his time in Menlo Park was a great lesson in “what not to do” as he had a front row seat to the bursting of the tech bubble and watched imprudent investors lose millions.
M.J. returned home in 2001, to work with Patsy at UBS Paine-Webber and shortly thereafter married his now wife Julie. They have two young children Avery and Case who can be often found at the Pathlight office spending time with Dad. M.J. is involved in the community and honored to be a member of the Thunderbirds, as non-profit organization that raises funds through the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the most attended golf tournament on the PGA Tour. Since inception, the Thunderbirds have donated more than $100 million to Arizona charities.