Michael Carter Griffin is a 1985 graduate of Liberty University where he received his accounting degree. For 17 years, Griffin served as the CFO for Moore County in Carthage North Carolina before transitioning to the private sector. He then served as CFO for Moore County Schools for over eight years. After a 30-year career, Griffin is now retired, and lives in Southern Pines, North Carolina with his wife Cathy.
What do I do best?
Seeing potential in people, and encouraging them to 1) focus on their strengths and 2) believe in themselves
Communicating financial information to individuals or groups; finding the best way to make the information understandable and useful to the specific audience
What makes me the best version of myself?
Relationship building - communication skills which build trust, which then builds relationships
Conflict resolution - because a strong relationship has been built, you can work through any conflict or potential disagreement (ultimately making the relationship even stronger)
Leadership - integrity; commitment to excellence; genuine concern for others
What are my aspirations?
Be the best “me” I can be - as husband - father - family member - friend - community leader - career/team leader
Successful book - Countdown To Greatness - I want this book to be read and appreciated by millions, helping readers to realize their true potential to make the world a better place, by making a positive difference in the lives of the people around them. ***All net proceeds will be donated to non-profit family support organizations (Boys and Girls Clubs; United Way; School/College Foundations; etc.)
My Biggest Success?
Raising my two sons (ages 28 and 24) - both are outstanding young men who have successfully established and built on their life foundations (relationships; health; financial security; etc.)
Supporting/encouraging others in my organization to grow their careers in financial support and leadership - multiple individuals that were part of my work teams have become certified in their respective roles, increasing their skills and responsibilities within the same organization, as well as assuming new leadership roles at different organizations. (In summary - helping others see their potential and find their individual success)
My Most Challenging Moment?
Retiring early at age 52, so that I could better support and care for my wife who has MS. My wife’s strength and courage in dealing with MS, along with her positive attitude, are a continuous source of inspiration. She helps me to remain strong and positive, despite the adversity. Positives are all around us - we need to make sure we are looking for positives, no matter the challenges or barriers we may face.
Believe in the miracle you already are. Believe in the miracle you are meant to become.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
My sons - I love spending time with them and appreciate their different personalities. Being their Dad helped me become a stronger person, learning how great life can be.
Current Southern Pines Mayor David McNeill - David is the former Manager for Moore County Government; he hired me in 1987 as CFO for Moore County, NC. David is the example of leadership that showed me the kind of leader I wanted to be.
Teachers (educators) and protectors (military and public safety). These individuals are heroes every day, and great examples of dedication to making our world a better place
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Majestic scenes created by nature - mountains; oceans/rivers/lakes/waterfalls; sunsets and sunrises; night skies filled with stars
Majestic scenes created by people - castles and cathedrals; historic sites and structures
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Southern Pecan Iced Coffee at Frankie’s Coffee House in Southern Pines, NC. (Best coffee in the universe!) I also love all types if music - I appreciate the way music helps the mind relax and create, both at the same time
My Current Passions?
Spending time with my family, which now includes my beautiful, 9-month old granddaughter.
I enjoy learning my new role as Pop Pop.