President and Principal Portfolio Manager
A. Michael Adams (“Mike”) founded Adams Financial Concepts as a Registered Investment Advisor. He felt thefiduciary status of always putting his clients’
interests first was superior to the philosophy of big brokerage firms.Formerly a Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at Wachovia
Securities, LLC, Mike has been a securities portfolio manager since 1990. He began his career in the financial industry at Paine Webber in 1986,
where he was a retail stockbroker. In 1990, Mike moved to Dain Rauscher to transition his business from the traditional transaction-based stock and bond
trading to fee-based portfolio management. From the inception of his career, Mike has been recognized as a leader in the industry.
Mike’s prescient instincts and desire to “do it his way”, led him to develop his own portfolio philosophy and strategies. Earlier training as a
mathematician enabled him to interpret portfolio dynamics in “game theory” terms. Mike Adams began his professional life with eleven years in the
aluminum industry in 1967, after gaining a masters degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree
from Oregon State University. He started as a management trainee, including one and a half years in France and worked up the corporate ladder to
spend five years as plant superintendent managing several hundred people. Adams has owned a number of businesses.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: A. Michael Adams believes in giving back to the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Seattle
International Film Festival. He formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Seattle Theatre Group (a not-for-profit corporation), operator
of The Paramount and The Moore Theatres. He has served on a number of other boards including the Seattle Symphony. He was involved with a number
of youth programs while his children were at home. Adams has been married to Pamela for 38 years. His daughter, Angela, and son-in-law, Doug,
live in Pleasanton, CA. Adams is now a grandfather of Caleb and Grace. His son, Mitch lives in Seattle.
More about A. Michael Adams can be found at the official AFC blog.
Sara Kraft joined AFC in September of 2015, only a few months after moving from Minnesota to Seattle in pursuit of the usual post-grad clichés.
A 2014 graduate from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with her Bachelor of Arts in Medieval History, Sara is AFC’s administrative
assistant. She helps Pamela maintain detailed records, assists in communication with clients, and updates our online databases. Sara also supports
AFC’s online presence, running web campaigns, writing website content, and live Tweeting during About Money. She has also been known to be tech
support in a pinch.