Micah Porter is President and CEO of Minerva Planning Group, a CFA charterholder, and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner. He began work at Minerva in 2003 with extensive experience in business planning and corporate finance. Micah enjoys working together with individual clients to formulate, implement and update their comprehensive financial plans. Additionally, as a CFA charterholder, he is responsible for establishing and implementing Minerva’s overall investment strategy and managing client portfolios. Micah is a NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor.
Prior to arriving at Minerva, Micah held various positions at XO Communications, a telecommunications startup. While at XO, he was responsible for business planning and product development for the Midwest Region. He later moved to the national sales organization, where he was a top performer and Sales Director of the Year for 2000.
Prior to working at XO, Micah worked at BMG International, a multi-billion dollar entertainment conglomerate with offices in over 40 countries worldwide. Micah was the Executive Assistant to the President, and in that position he was responsible for financial reporting including authoring the annual report for the division and strategic planning. Based on his recommendations, the company launched multi-million dollar expansions in both the international video game and home video markets. Micah assumed responsibility for the launch of these divisions in Spain, Portugal and Latin America and also managed the company’s interest in a joint-venture Latin music channel based in Caracas, Venezuela.
Micah received his Masters in International Business with a financial focus from the University of South Carolina in 1993, and graduated magna cum laude from the Honors College of the University of South Carolina in 1991. He still speaks a bit of German along with some Spanish. He lives in Decatur with his wife Jennifer, daughter Ellison, two cats, assorted fish and a snail.
Syed Adnan Huda, CFA is an investment analyst and under Micah’s direction, he conducts investment research and due diligence. He became a CFA Charterholder in 2013 and is an active member of the CFA society. Syed earned his Master of Arts in Economics from the City College of New York where he also completed his Bachelors in Economics with a concentration in Finance.
Syed grew up in New York City, and he is married to Sanjana, a university professor.
Amy Mawson is our client service associate. She began working at Minerva in 2017 after spending five years at home with her son Luke (now 6) and Sophie (3). Amy’s background is not the traditional financial services background. Before starting a family, she was the Associate Director of a governance research program at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. Prior to that she spent two years working on economic development in Bujumbura, Burundi. She has also worked at the European Parliament in Brussels and the European Commission’s delegation to the U.N. in New York.
Amy was born in Brussels to British parents and grew up in Belgium before going to the U.K. for university. She has a B.A. in Economic and Social Studies, and a Master’s in International Development, both from the University of Manchester. She is married to James, an architect.