Michael Collins was born in Philadelphia, PA. and educated in southern New Jersey. After graduating from Rowan University, he began his corporate career with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He started in sales, but quickly started managing retail stores. He became the district sales training manager in addition to managing numerous retail, wholesale & commercial operations. He received specialized training in business development, profit & loss analysis and workforce productivity. As a store manager, he was awarded top performing manager and had the highest customer retention rate among 800 corporate stores. In 2000, Michael and his family moved to Tampa, FL. and incorporated Michael T. Collins, PA.. Since then, Michael has helped privately owned companies achieve their goals and maximize the value of the transition or transfer through mergers & acquisitions, valuations and succession planning. From 2002 to 2012, he worked for Sunbelt Business Brokers and partnered with Diamond Financial, Guidant Financial and Benetrends Financial plus several hundred franchise companies. He received the Kick Off Award and the Home Run Sale Award for the first Sport Clips franchise territory in Florida. Michael is a former State Director for the Florida Business brokers Association and a former Vice President of the Tampa Bay Chapter. He is a Certified Florida Business Intermediary. Michael joined Murphy Business & Financial, the nations premier brokerage firm, to concentrate on mergers & acquisitions, valuations and franchising.