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Michael Simpson

Designated Managing Broker


Michael Simpson leads the Baird & Warner Algonquin office as its designated managing broker. He is a 19-year veteran of the real estate industry. First licensed as a broker in 2001, he earned his managing broker license 3 years later. Michael began his career in the Algonquin market, then joined Baird & Warner Carpentersville in 2002. Simpson went on to found Lifestyles Real Estate Inc (formerly Realty World Fox Valley Inc) in 2005, and then re-joined Baird & Warner in 2017.

At the local level, Michael serves as Immediate Past President for the Realtor Association of Fox Valley. Simpson is a 2017 graduate of the Illinois Realtors Leadership Development Program. He also serves on several Illinois Realtors Committees, including Realtor Political Involvement, Audit, and Nominating. Michael also serves as the Illinois Realtors State Legislative Contact for Illinois Senator Donald DeWitte. Outside of real estate, Michael serves on the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Before his career in real estate, Simpson worked in the international transportation and logistics business for 23 years. He rose from an entry level position to Executive Vice President of Operations for a multi-national firm headquartered in Chicago. During that time, he was stationed in Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, California, Connecticut and Illinois and was responsible for offices throughout the U. S. Simpson also traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia to support corporate clientele and international agent networks. Although not active in the business today, Simpson still maintains a U.S. Customs Broker license. 

Michael is a graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. He became a licensed Embalmer/Funeral Director at the age of 21 and practiced in North Carolina until relocating to Florida. He has been married to his wife, Dianne, for 34 years, and they have 3 adult children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. They have owned their current home in Cary since 1990. Michael is an avid North Carolina Tar Heels fan, a mediocre guitar player and a lover of almost all genres of music. He also enjoys traveling the world - and a good novel.