Homeport Board Member Profile: Michael Purcell

Michael Purcell

Michael Purcell

Mike works for GBQ Partners LLC and is a Manager in the Assurance and Business Advisory Services group. Mike is a native of metro-Detroit and earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in accounting from Michigan State University.

Mike joined GBQ in 2012, and provides assurance and advisory services to SEC registrants and privately-held companies. Mike serves a broad range of clients, including the manufacturing and distribution, service, not-for-profit, and construction industries. At GBQ, Mike is a member of the firm’s internal quality control team and facilitates GBQ’s internal and external technical training seminars. Mike is also a member of the firm’s campus recruiting team, Manufacturing Minute newsletter team, staff development group, and the firm’s summer community service initiative.

Prior to joining GBQ, Mike began his public accounting career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Columbus, OH. Mike is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mike joined the Homeport Board of Directors in March 2018.

Outside of GBQ and Homeport, Mike is involved with numerous ice hockey leagues as a referee, including USA Hockey, OHSAA, United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), and American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). Mike’s officiating experience includes district, regional, and state championship tournaments, national prospect showcases, as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets development and training camps.

Michael Purcell officiating Upper Arlington and Olentangy Liberty hockey playoff game.

Michael Purcell officiating Upper Arlington and Olentangy Liberty hockey playoff game.

Mike resides in Columbus with his wife, Molly, and two daughters.

Why are you passionate about the Homeport mission?

Homeport’s mission is very closely aligned with the values I was raised with and am trying to pass to my family – that strong communities start at home. There are a number of exciting initiatives and services available to Central Ohio, but those cannot achieve their full potential without stability at home.

What would you tell a friend who was considering getting involved with Homeport as a donor or volunteer?

I’d highly suggest they take a bus tour. The bus tour was one of my first introductions to the organization and at the end of the tour I had a tremendous energy for the Homeport team and its activities. The communities are high quality, vibrant communities and the Homeport team is top notch. We had an opportunity to spend time with residents and learn about how Homeport has positively impacted their lives. Once you spend a few hours with the tour you’ll have a new found perspective and appreciation for the need in Columbus and how Homeport is making a difference.

What do you feel is the most critical aspect of affordable housing in Columbus and Central Ohio?

Education and awareness about the need and how it continues to grow. I don’t think enough of the community is aware of the need and how close to home it is. Columbus has been fortunate to attract new business and residents, but the costs and availability of housing have significantly outpaced wage growth. This is a fantastic community and one that continuously demonstrates that it takes care of its own, but sometimes knowing where the need is can be one of the biggest hurdles to progress.