Michael H. Milarski, CFP®
Partner & Senior Advisor
Michael’s financial planning career has led him on a unique path. His trajectory at Signature Financial Planning began with an internship in 1999. After serving as an intern for three years, Michael joined H & R Block and later Allegheny Financial as an advisor. He reunited with the Signature family in 2004 as Vice President of Operations.
Michael became a partner in the firm in 2014, overseeing strategic operations in addition to advising both individual clients and businesses. As a fully licensed financial advisor and CFP® professional, Michael helps position his clients for financial success by providing comprehensive wealth building and distribution strategies 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. He is a Registered Rep of Kestra Investment Services, LLC (Kestra IS) and Investment Advisor Rep of Kestra Advisory Services, LLC (Kestra AS).
Passionate about leadership development, Michael serves as President and founding member of the Network Connections chapter of Business Network International (BNI). This organization brings together professionals from different industries to share information and learn from each other as they build their practices. He also cofounded the Pittsburgh Professionals Network, a 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 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.