On May 24th, 1983 Ana Maria and Larry Friedman had their baby boy, Mike. He had an older sister, Laurie, and 2 older half brothers, Andrew & Douglas. His half brothers had left Miami for college, and Mike grew up with his sister and parents.
Growing up, sports was a BIG part of family life. Mike’s dad played multiple sports, including college football. Mike’s Mom was a famous kickball player in Cuba. And, his sister, Laurie, played tennis. Mike played competitive tennis and basketball growing up. He excelled in tennis tho!
Mike’s family was big on traditions. Monday through Friday nights they always had dinner as a family. Either Mom or Dad was at EVERY practice and school event. And, the holidays were a big deal. Everyone got together and it was always a good time.
Education was a big part of the family. Mike’s father, brothers, and sister, all went to Ivy League universities. As the youngest, Mike put a lot of pressure on himself but never finished his degree. Nonetheless, everyone was supportive of him...but it wasn’t until he was older that he stopped being so hard on himself.
On May 22nd, 2011, the family experienced a tragedy. Mike’s dad committed suicide ... changing everything overnight. Mike was 26 years old and found himself needing to become the primary care taker for his mom. A few years later, the stream was calm, and Mike & Jess were happy to purchase their first home.
In 2012, Mike was ready for a career change. While being recruited to Home Depot he paused to think about what would make him happy, and where he would feel challenged. Thankfully, he was able to get a job at Apple where he was able to re-charge his career. Apple truly made a huge difference in his life.
In 2015 Mike & Jess got married, and he joined the Capital One family shortly after. So many things came together for him here...a new professional challenge, great co- workers, and work/life balance. Mike and Jess were ready to start their family and Angelo was born on September 20th, 2016.
2018 was a tough year. On May 16th, Mike took his mom in for what was supposed to be a routine medical test. Due to a complication she was put on life support, and Mike made the decision to let her rest after 6 days.
With brighter days ahead, Mike and Jess are excited to bring their second baby boy in to the family. His name will be Gabriel, and Angelo is thrilled to have a baby brother. The Friedman family is growing, life is good, and the future is bright.
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