Michael N. Bapis, Partner and Managing Director with The Bapis Group at HighTower, brings over 15 years of wealth management and private banking experience to the practice.
Michael is dedicated to assisting clients and families, institutions and professional athletes and entertainers by providing knowledgeable insight and highly personalized client service. In utilizing global asset allocation concepts and tactical investment strategies, Michael works with clients and families to create financial portfolios that align with long-term goals and optimize their wealth.
Michael began his career at Morgan Stanley in 1998, where he spent time in various departments learning a wide array of skills and knowledge within the financial services industry. A year later in 1999, Michael became a financial advisor. During this time, he was promoted to a Senior Vice President, Wealth Advisor and honored as a member of the prestigious Chairman's Club -- a group that highlights the top 150 advisors in the firm.
Michael joined HighTower in 2008 as the third team to breakaway from a wirehouse advisor to join the HighTower partnership. Michael was interviewed and featured on the cover of Investment Advisor Magazine to shed additional light on his decision to move to HighTower, emphasizing how the open-source platform provides tremendous flexibility that benefits clients and promotes team success. Michael serves on HighTower's Strategic Advisory Committee and was named Chairman of the Committee in 2014. In addition, Michael is very involved in the planning and execution of important HighTower initiatives and plays an integral role in the recruitment and business development process of on-boarding new advisor candidates and teams to join HighTower's growing firm.
A strong advocate of the team approach to wealth management, Michael has been named to the Barron's Top 1,200 Advisor List from 2014 to 2017 and was also honored as one of the Barron's top 150 Financial Advisors in the state of New York. Michael and The Bapis Group at HighTower were also honored on the 2016 FT300, a ranking of the nation's top Registered Investment Advisors compiled by the Financial Times. Michael is considered a thought leader in the financial services industry and represents The Bapis Group at HighTower, from local to global levels, having appeared on CNBC, Reuters, and Bloomberg as well as quoted in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC.com, CNNmoney.com, Reuters, MoneyLife and Investment News.
Michael's meaningful connection with his Greek heritage has given him the valuable opportunity to give back to the community in a myriad of ways while focusing on philanthropic efforts to further expand networks and outreach. As the Chairman of The Ronald McDonald House of New York - Greek Division for the third year, Michael is committed to providing support services for families from Greece and Cyprus, as well as for Greek-Americans staying in New York City while battling cancer. In his role, he provides the Greek Division with new strategic goals in the fulfillment of its mission and leads the fundraising efforts through the execution of successful events and campaigns throughout the year. Michael is also on the Board on the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church's Vision Committee in Long Island and an active member on the Leadership 100 Board and Audit Committee.