Michael W. Aragao, M.B.A., CMFC®, RFC®, AAMS®
Mr. Michael W. Aragao is the Founder and President of M.W. Aragao (MWA®). Mr. Aragao is responsible for the overall operations, strategic direction and compliance of the firm. On MWA's investment side, Michael handles portfolio management and design; investment research and composition; and client wealth planning directives. On the firm's taxation side, Michael is the Chief Tax Preparer, overseeing all client tax return preparation, reporting and filing.
In the community, Mr. Aragao serves on the Board of Governors of the historic Squantum Association of East Providence, RI, where he is also the chairman of the communications committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Lindsay Ann Burke Memorial Fund, an organization dedicated to ending relationship violence through education. Mr. Aragao is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lamda; a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals; a member of the 100 Club of Rhode Island; an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 14; and is a member and the former Treasurer and 2011-2012 President of the Cumberland/Lincoln Rotary Club of Rhode Island, where he is also recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Mr. Aragao received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with honors, from Bryant University, and later a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with high honors, both having concentrations in Finance. Michael is also a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC®) and an Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®), professional designations awarded by the College for Financial Planning and Investment Company Institute as well as being a Registered Financial Consultant (RFC®), a designation awarded by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants. Mr. Aragao is also a member of the prestigious Paladin Registry, a registry reserved for the top 10% of investment advisors. Currently, Michael is the only investment advisor in the State of Rhode Island that has been admitted to the registry and holds their elite five-star designation. In 2014 and 2015, Mr. Aragao was recognized by his peers as being a Five Star Wealth Manager, an award presented by the Five Star Professional organization.
Michael lives in northern Rhode Island with his wife, Kristen, his three children, M.J., Alexis and Mason, and their three dogs.