Mike Rizzolo founded Flower City Capital in 2015 with the goal of doing real work that matters for great people. He began with the audacious goal of trying to answer every conceivable finance question clients could have so that they could feel confident with their finances and get back to their lives. The firm’s guiding principles are simple and remain unchanged. Employ best in class professionals who care, empower them to do the right thing and demonstrate integrity by doing what we say we’re going to do. We guarantee our work and our biggest source of joy is getting to participate in our clients lives.
Mike began his career in investment banking and private equity in New York City. He was a Senior Analyst in global industrials group at Merrill Lynch and an Associate at Soros Fund Management responsible for helping manage several billion dollars in direct and LP investments. He really enjoyed helping to structure business transactions and still assists clients with private business transactions, but decided life was too short to be away from family and friends. He moved home to Rochester, briefly joining a local wealth management firm before starting FCC.
Mike graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Syracuse University Honors Program with degrees in Finance and Accounting and a minor in Economics. While there he was the University Comptroller and Portfolio Manager of the Investment Club. He has earned the Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations and continues to develop and grow his professional skills.
An Avon native, Mike grew up with an appreciation for sports and the outdoors. He lives with his wife Liz and their dog Maya in Brighton and enjoys riding his bike along the canal, attempting to be good at CrossFit and taking Maya for walks at the park.