Michael H. Milarski
Partner & Senior Advisor
Michael started his career in finance as an intern with Signature Financial Planning in 1999, and became a partner in the firm in 2014. As a fully licensed financial advisor, Michael concentrates his practice on providing comprehensive wealth building and distribution strategies to individuals and businesses.
After working for Signature Financial Planning for three years as an intern through college, he joined H&R Block and later Allegheny Financial as an advisor, before reuniting with the Signature Family in 2004, as Vice President of Operations. Since then, Michael has helped his clients accumulate, manage, and distribute assets as they pursue their personal and financial goals.
Michael graduated magna cum laude from Grove City College, where he received a degree in Business Management. Michael is a Registered Rep of Kestra Investment Services, LLC (Kestra IS) and Investment Advisor Rep of Kestra Advisory Services, LLC (Kestra AS).
Michael serves as President and founding member of the Network Connections chapter of Business Network International (BNI), an organization which brings together professionals in different industries to share information and learn from each other as they build their practices. He also co-founded the Pittsburgh Professionals Network, a networking group of professionals who meet regularly to build business relationships and improve the community through charitable work. He has also volunteered with Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., to help the organization in its quest to strengthen regional leadership through a variety of programs and partnerships.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys golf and music of all kinds. Born and raised in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Mr. Milarski currently resides in Ben Avon with his wife Carrie, daughter Jane, and stepsons Kian and Magnus.
A chat with Michael
What made you want a career as a financial advisor?
I fell in love with financial planning during my internship with Scott’s father, Stephen, while I was in college. I loved that this career provided the opportunity to help individuals achieve their goals and dreams and that each client I work with is unique.
What do you like best about being a part of SFP family?
It truly is a family here at Signature and we’re constantly sharing ideas to make each other better. Everyone’s voice will be heard when it comes time to make team-related decisions and that is important to me.
How do you want your clients to view their wealth?
As they see fit…That is their personal decision. My role is to make the most appropriate recommendations based on their specific goals for the assets they have and will have in the future, implement the recommendations the client is comfortable with, monitor the strategy going forward, and make changes when necessary.
On a professional level, what are your biggest accomplishments?
Building and continuing to build my practice within Signature. The most satisfaction you can receive in this industry is a heart-felt thank you from clients. That’s truly what I seek and cherish most on a daily basis.
What do you love to do outside of work?
Spend time with family and friends…I love to play golf, travel, and attend live music events during my free time.
What are you passionate about in your personal life?
Surrounding myself with family and friends…That’s what my family and I do whenever we can. I really enjoy exploring new cities and traveling whenever possible. I especially enjoy visiting museums and art galleries, as well as experiencing live music whether it’s in an arena or small club somewhere.
What is your most memorable travel experience?
There are many…Either Maui, San Francisco, or one of my many trips to New York City.