Michael SnitzMichael Snitz is a native of Overland Park, Kansas, raised by parents who believe hard work and the pursuit of higher education can build the foundation to achieve whatever endeavor one chooses.
Graduating from high school, Mike moved to Arizona and worked his way through college at Arizona State University (ASU) and earned a Bachelors of Science in Business. While there he rose through the ranks of the American Marketing Association to become its President, while increasing the student membership to become the largest student body organization at ASU.
Upon graduation, his career was underway but the spirit of entrepreneurship soon took hold. Mike founded and ran a successful computer resale company that had team members in Phoenix, California, Minnesota and Seattle. It is because of this entrepreneurial spirit that he understands the needs of small business owners. He understands the necessity of continual job creation with higher wages to lay the foundation for a fiscally secure Arizona.
Because he felt the need to give back to the community in a more impactful manner, Mike chose to accept a position as Vice-President of Marketing for the Valley of the Sun YMCA. It was during his tenure at the YMCA that Mike saw first hand the need for safe, secure neighborhoods for the youth of Arizona and their families. Secure neighborhoods for children coupled with an emphasis on higher education for minorities have become a lifelong pursuit and passion.
He has spent countless hours mentoring first generation Latino youth in their pursuit of a higher education and has personally helped his mentees attend such prestigious schools of higher learning as University of Notre Dame, Gonzaga University, Loras College, Loyola University-Baltimore, Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and St. Mary's College in San Antonio, Texas.
Mike has continually answered the call of civic stewardship and has been honored to serve on several boards including Phoenix Body Positive, Coalition to End Homelessness, Chris-Town YMCA, Maricopa County Board of Health (appointed by Mary Rose Wilcox County Board Supervisor) and was a founding member of the American Latino Leadership Institute (ALLI).
In addition, he has volunteered his insight and time to many local and national political campaigns for candidates who believe in non-discrimination and justice for all of Arizona’s citizens.