Managing Broker

Photo of Michael Simpson
  • Office 847.426.7510
  • Cell 847.909.9343
Algonquin Office
1557 S Randall Road
Algonquin, IL 60102

Michael Simpson leads the Baird & Warner Algonquin office as its managing broker. He is a 16-year veteran of the real estate industry. First licensed as a broker in 2001, he earned his managing broker license three years later. Michael began his career in the Algonquin market, then joined Baird & Warner Carpentersville office 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 President Elect for the Realtor Association of the Fox Valley, and he is a member of the Government Affairs Committee and Professional Standards Committe. Simpson is honored to have been 1 of 12 agents chosen to participate in the 2017 Illinois Realtors Leadership Development Program. He also serves on several Illinois Realtors Committees including Realtor Political Involvement, Housing Opportunity Working Group and Professional Development Member Involvement Group.

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 30 years, and they have three adult children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. 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.

Designations
  • ABR - Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • GRI - Graduate Realtor Institute
  • Managing Broker
  • SRS - Seller Representative Specialist