Michael Rubenstein recalls his major challenge: finding the right career fit that would ideally combine all of his education—finance (MBA), trusts and estate law (JD), and tax law (LLM)—his personality and his passion for helping people.

He found the perfect fit in his current role as wealth director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management in Naples.

“Pick a career that you find fulfilling and go after it with all that you have,” he says. “Be curious, ask questions and learn as much as you can. Be true to yourself, and always do what you think is right.”

But Rubenstein also cites a personal calling. His youngest son, Matias, is on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). So, he helps those on the spectrum, their families and those around them by advocating for this cause, and raising awareness, money, and resources for ASD to make treatment more accessible and affordable to all, especially in Southwest Florida.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, Mari, and three boys Sean, Jude and, of course, Matias, as well as cooking, sports and film. He has run two half-marathons and will be running the Disney Half-Marathon in January 2020 for the second year in a row on the Autism Speaks team.