Michael Binnicker, CFP® is a Relationship Manager at Balentine. He brings more than a decade of experience to this role. Prior to joining Balentine, Mike spent two years at J.P. Morgan Securities as an investment associate. Before that, he spent eight years as a client service advisor in the Private Client Group at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. He also spent three years as a systems analyst for Hewitt Associates, an IT consulting firm in Atlanta. Mike is a member of the Financial Planning Association of Georgia and the Atlanta Estate Planning Council. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional. He graduated cum laude with a BBA in business management from the University of Georgia.
BBA, University of Georgia, Cum Laude
- J.P. Morgan Securities, Investment Associate
- Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Client Service Advisor
- Hewitt Associates, Systems Analyst
Professional Affiliations & Awards
- Atlanta Estate Planning Council, Member
- CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
- Financial Planning Association of Georgia, Member
- The Philanthropic Advisor Leadership Institute, Class of 2017-18
Balser Giving Circle, Member
Why did you choose to come to work at Balentine?
I was drawn to Balentine because of the feel and fit of the firm. Balentine has a strong culture and is constantly striving to maintain it. This dogmatic focus resonates when you speak with clients, and it’s something that cannot be manufactured.
Who were your heroes growing up and how did they influence your life and career?
My late father, James C. Binnicker, has far and away been the most influential person in both my life and career. His entire life’s work was focused on two things: people and how to be a better leader for them. He instilled within me an ethos on how to be a man, both personally and professionally, and I strive to live up to that each day. I miss him all the time and am continually reminded of things he taught me that have shaped the person I am today. My father was my hero and best friend, and I hope to be the same for my sons.
What keeps you awake at night?
Other than my two young sons? What keeps me awake at night is thinking that my clients might be awake at night. We work each day to increase the probability of your investment success and ensure peace of mind. If something is bothering you, we need to know so that we can remedy the situation.
If you were abandoned on a deserted island, what three books would you want to have with you?
I would only need one, and that’s The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho; that book really changed the way I think.
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