Michael K. Pickles, CFP®, MBA


Chief Operational Officer & Owner

Michael_Pickles_PicMike, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, joined Cornerstone Financial Strategies as a Managing Partner and Co-Owner, in September 2012, bringing his now nineteen years of experience in the financial-services industry to benefit the family of Cornerstone clients. Previously with Vanguard, one of the world’s largest mutual-fund companies, Mike has served both retail and institutional clients during his career; most recently as the Senior Manager responsible for the $29 billion Institutional Recordkeeping Services group in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Desiring to return to personally serving individual and small-business clients, Mike chose to join the talented Cornerstone team whose values directly align with his own. This decision also enables Mike to literally work with family; his brother, Bill Pickles, being another of Cornerstone’s partners. Mike shares the Cornerstone team’s fundamental belief that putting their clients’ needs first is paramount, and he also believes strongly in Cornerstone’s values-based financial-planning approach and the positive way it drives superior client service.

Mike is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.A. and M.B.A. He is a member of the Association of Washington Business (AWB) and sits on their Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. AWB’s mission is to be the catalytic leader and unifying voice for economic prosperity throughout Washington state.

Mike and his wife Sue have two young sons, Ryan and Brandon, and live in Gig Harbor. Mike enjoys coaching his sons’ sports teams and introducing them to all the recreational activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

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