Michael Hickey was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and now resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

After securing a BBA from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas (Business Degree was in Marketing & Advertising), he entered the Air Force. Trained as a pilot, he flew 200+ combat missions and separated from the USAF after 5 years with many medals and awards.

Being a “bus driver in the sky” struck him as boring so he declined the airline recruiters and entered the rough-and-tumble world of a Marketing Entrepreneur.

Having learned the value of training, he sought out the best marketing and sales gurus of the time and attended their schools, classes and seminars. That included Zig Ziglar, Bryan Tracy, Tom Hopkins and The Dale Carnegie Institute.

Over the next 30 years, he has used the skills he learned in marketing to own or work for a wonderful array of companies.

During that time, he became the contract national trainer for a financial services firm and his popular, entertaining “stand-up” marketing presentations have touched the lives of over 8,000 students. Through the years, he became enamored with the whole process of producing and giving presentations, both of “stand-up” and video.

Noting that the 2nd sentence in the Wikipedia entry for PowerPoint reads, “The benefits of PowerPoint are continuously debated. The term “PowerPoint hell’ has been coined for long, tedious PowerPoint presentations that bore the audience”, Hickey founded afg academy with one of its missions being to pass along any information that would help presenters to NOT give boring presentations.