Name: Michael Benaglio (Mike)
Date and Place of Birth: August 14, 1959, San Manuel, Arizona
Family: Married 36 years to Debbie Benaglio, Two boys - Cal Benaglio and his wife Kassi, their two kids Caden 4½ and Ella 3; Race Benaglio and his wife Caitlin.
Education: University of Arizona Accounting Major
Firm Name: The Benaglio Group, LLC
Member of Collaborative Divorce Texas since: April 14, 2007
I started practicing Collaboratively because: I believe the family has a better chance of enjoying future family events, weddings, baseball games, dance recitals, etc. with Collaborative, over scorched earth litigation.
What I like best about this job: Experiencing the many different ways the clients have lived life together and then using that to prepare them for their new normal.
My hobbies are: Anything with the Grandkids, Porch time with Debbie (morning coffee time), entertaining and cooking in my outdoor kitchen and swimming.
My last meal would consist of: Hot Crusty Sourdough Baguette with a Charcuterie for appetizer, then Grilled Tomahawk Ribeye, pine nut brittle dipped baby carrots, bacon wrapped asparagus in brown sugar bourbon glaze, and bananas foster over rum panna cotta. Served with 2002 Napa Valley Silver Oak Cabernet.
My favorite restaurant is: Besides my house – Three Forks Steakhouse in Dallas
The most interesting thing I have ever done is: Pulled teeth as a totally non-qualified dental assistant on an African mission trip.
The two greatest influences of my life have been: John Anderson and my wife
I drive a: Chevy Truck
I wish I drove a: Helicopter with Austin’s traffic!
I am currently reading: You don’t want to know – 2017 Duff and Phelps Cost of Capital
Favorite book: An ancient manuscript – the Bible
Favorite song: Can’t Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones
Favorite band/musician: Creedence Clearwater Revival
4 Fantasy dinner guests – (living or dead): Margaret Thatcher, Mahatma Ghandi, Benjamin Netanyahu and Henry Kissinger.
Favorite quote: Too Blessed To Complain
My friends say my greatest asset is: Hospitality
The most important advice I could give a teenager is: Enjoy this time of your life, all of it the highs the lows the victories and the mistakes! Surround yourself with friends that lift you up and do not drag you down.