Michael immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe and grew up in Los Angeles. After finishing studies in International Relations and National Security he worked as a Threat Management consultant for the nation’s leading expert in violence prediction and prevention, Gavin de Becker.
Michael served in the United States Army as a Special Agent in Counterintelligence, deploying to the Balkans with an international task force dedicated to capturing war crimes fugitives and disrupting terrorist activity.
For the last 20 years, Michael has worked in Law Enforcement holding positions in SWAT, Gangs, Vice and Homicide. Today, he supervises an undercover special operations unit focused on criminal intelligence, organized crime, and human trafficking.
In 2006, pursuing his passion for wine, Michael established the Varga Vineyards & Winery in the heart of Oregon’s wine country. He now produces some of the region’s most unique and interesting wines. To give back, Michael created the Varga Foundation which funds violence prevention programs and victim services, and provides support to first responders and military veterans.