Michael Fraley built his career developing environmentally sensitive projects. Whether it’s a mixed-use community or a mitigation bank, each project he has been involved with was planned, designed and built for the benefit of area species and surrounding communities. Michael believes the days of developing projects that negatively impact wildlife or communities without addressing those concerns are over. “A paradigm shift needs to take place,” says Michael.
Michael Fraley, a founding member and leader on the Pathfinder Team, is responsible for the project's conservation and permitting efforts through a unique, conservation-based planning process. Michael's goals for the Pathfinder project include improving the wildlife and habitat resources while enhancing public access opportunities and protecting cultural and historic resources.
Time split between coastal California, Florida’s West Coast and his family’s southwestern Colorado ranch, developed Michael’s deep appreciation for the outdoors. His best childhood memories are of his summers on Perdido Key, a fishing village with only one stoplight. Michael grew up enjoying the outdoors, often barefoot and fishing from a johnboat. These experiences instilled a lifelong interest in hiking, mountain climbing, fly-fishing and other outdoor adventures.
Michael attended the University of Florida where he earned a degree in Religious Studies. It was there that he met his wife Sharryse. Following graduation the young couple moved to Winter Park, Florida in order to pursue their post-graduate studies. Michael earned a second degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in real estate development at Rollins College. Michael and Sharryse have a two young sons, Reid and Liam.
Michael has been a partner in Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, LLC since the company’s inception in 2008 and very much enjoys Wyoming, a state he and his family call home for half of each year. Michael sees the Pathfinder project as an opportunity to leverage renewable energy production to protect Wyoming’s significant resources. “I really like working with the people,” says Michael of his experiences in Wyoming. “They’re the kind of people with whom I can agree on something over a handshake and they come through unquestionably. That has yet to be proven wrong and I hope that never happens.”