This week’s Spotlight features Associate Michael Davis. Michael began at CFAR as an Analyst in 2018 before transitioning to the Associate role. He is a committed team player and collaborator, and his experience spans CFAR’s practice areas, having worked in family enterprises and owner-led businesses, healthcare, non-profits, and higher education. Click here to read his full biography.

First and last name
Michael Davis.

What is your role at CFAR?

How long have you been with CFAR?
Two and a half years.

What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love the people and the collaborative, team-based work environment.

What are three words you would use to describe CFAR?
Thoughtful, results-oriented, and passionate.

What motivates you to go to work?
I get excited about our providing lasting results for clients. We think deeply about client needs, and delivering meaningful work is a great feeling!

What has been your favorite memory at CFAR?
Before COVID moved us to the remote setting, we had a whiteboard in the Boston office with silly prompts—we had a lot of fun reading those responses!

What is your favorite thing about working at CFAR?
The people! Everyone is incredibly passionate—both about the work and the CFAR community.


In five words or less, what advice would you give for others in your profession?
Perfection is the enemy of the good.

What book are you currently reading right now?
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice by Shunryu Suzuki.

If you could gain a new skill in 10 minutes, what would it be?
I would love to learn to teleport.

What is your favorite book/podcast?
In high school, I read The Magus by John Fowles. It’s a long read, but worth the commitment!

What is one thing—industry-related or not—you learned in the last month?
I learned that I struggle with personal questionnaires.

What is one thing that made you smile recently?
I took an employee spotlight survey which was one of the hardest tests I have ever taken.

How do you define success?
Creating a meaningful difference in the lives of others.