Michael graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting in 1991. He spent the next five years as controller of a small service-industry corporation in Hermosa Beach. In 1996, after passing the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) exam, he began work at a public accounting firm in Newport Beach. There he spent the next four years gaining experience in many different industries, including not-for-profit entities and organizations reporting to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Department of Defense. He was licensed as a CPA in 1999. In 2000, Michael started his own accounting firm, Michael J. Pomerleau, C.P.A., Inc. and began consulting work with CQI and the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) in 2002. Michael became Director of Finance for CQI in 2004.