Chief Executive Officer
A veteran in the wealth management industry with more than 30 years of experience building successful family offices, Michael Cole serves as Chief Executive Officer of Cresset, where he is building a deeply holistic approach to family office services.
Cole prides himself on hiring great people and empowering them to execute a shared vision. His management style is to inspire and passionately deliver stellar client service. He finds it exceptionally rewarding to work in an environment with successful people who have the resources and abilities to make a lasting impact on the world.
When Cole was only 35, Merrill Lynch named him president of Merrill Lynch Trust after working at the firm for just two years. He then went on to additional success at Wells Fargo, where he held senior wealth management positions and was selected to serve as national leader of the Family Wealth Group and the Wealth Planning Center, which is now called Abbot Downing. Most recently, before joining Cresset, he served as president of Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank, an award winning multi-family office that he developed into one of the fastest growing MFOs in the industry.
Cole is also author of the book More Than Money: A Guide to Sustaining Wealth and Preserving the Family which was published by Wiley Press and Bloomberg Publishing. Since its release, the book has consistently been among Amazon’s best-selling books in Wealth Management and Financial services.
Cole earned a bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and is a Certified Financial Planner.