A native of Florida, Mike graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. After graduation, he pursued a carrier in commodities trading with Archer Daniels Midland in Chicago. Recognizing a desire to work with investments while residing in his home state of Florida, Mike started what is now Epic Financial Group in 1998. Epic Financial Group has now grown to a multimillion-dollar financial service company specializing in insurance products.

Over the years, Mike has recognized a need for investment services that focus on the individuals’ need to have a financial plan that fits them specifically as opposed to a plan that is handed down by a corporation. For that reason, Mike partnered with ING Financial Partners to bring independent investment services to individuals throughout Florida. The focus was investment advice and services for the individual that would be independent in nature, so that the client could rest assured that they were getting advice and recommendations based on all of the investments that were available to them.

Mike's affiliation with ING grew into office locations throughout West Florida and he acquired clients from all 50 states. He also hosted a weekly live radio program on Saturday mornings called, “Guarding Your Nest Egg.” The program focused on the individual and answering investment questions and concerns live on the radio.

In 2012, Mike rebranded his branch offices with ING Financial Partners as Talon Wealth Management. The decision to change the company name and the broker dealer was made as a commitment to remain independent and maintain a relationship with clients.

In 2013, Mike Lester and Randy West published a book titled, "Guarding Your Nest Egg", which is available on Amazon.com or by request at one of the office locations. Mike Lester and Talon Wealth Management continue to grow while maintaining a commitment to personalized client service. At Talon Wealth Management, clients are never just a number, and every client gets the same level of service and dedication, regardless of investment level.

Mike currently resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife, Katie, and their three beautiful children. The Tampa area provides a centralized location for Mike to get to any of Talon Wealth Managements branch locations. Both Mike and his wife feel truly blessed to have a happy, healthy family as well as careers focused on helping individuals.