We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Hiller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
One of the single most important decision I’ve made that has been a key factor to my success has been never giving up on my dream. I think believing in yourself and in the work you want to put out into this world plays a huge role in anyones success. Yes I can say going to college was an important decision I made towards my career but I never was a great student and studying didn’t come naturally to me. However, no matter how hard a test was or even a job was I never gave up on myself. I always took it as a learning opportunity and as a push towards completing my dream of being a successful entrepreneur. Getting an education is important but believing in your dreams, never giving up and having the perseverance to take failure as learning opportunity is a vital key to anyones success.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I guess my story initially began when I came back to California. I have a communications degree with emphasis in Business from the University of Arizona. When I got back from Arizona, I started working for Bank of America’s corporate office, where I dealt with countrywide cases of bankruptcy, evictions and forecloses. This ignited a curiosity in me to learn more about real estate. I ended up taking my broker’s license test and obtained it with a few months of studying. However, a few months after I received my broker’s license, I was laid off from Bank of America. It was such an unsettling time for me because I was not sure what path I would be on or what was next for me since I had no job. One day, I woke up and asked myself how do I find security in the industry? That was the moment I decided to attend the Accounting program from UCLA extension. I come from a finance background family as both of my parents are C.P.A.s so it seems as life would have it I to would be intrigued by the accounting world. After I was done with the extension program, I started working with a Top 25 accounting firm and I realized that something was missing in the industry. I realized that there was a lack of connection with millennials and I thought well what can I do to make sure this connection is made? What can be done for millennials to have a better understanding of what accounting is and how the finance world is not just numbers and paying taxes. So I decided to start my own business. I established Hiller Enterprise back in 2017, we are a tax accounting and Realestate investment firm. We specialize in real estate investments, tax services, strategic management, and personal services. Our company is designed to allow the client to benefit in far more with their money. We take pride in helping families meet financial opportunities. With our expertise and the premier partnerships we have, we provide entrepreneurs, real estate investors, families and individuals with one on one guidance to help establish a secure financial future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hiking Runyon Canyon Breakfast at Sweet Butter Kitchen Go hit up a museum (pre covid of course) Lunch at Erewhon Plan a beach trip to Malibu or drive up to Santa Barbara I live in Studio City so Universal would be a must as well Dinner we’d go to grab some sushi maybe at Nobu or KOI depending what area we’d be in
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to give a special shoutout to my parents. Both are first generation college graduates who started their own CPA firm with a lot of work and dedication. They have worked extremely hard to provide more opportunities for my sister and I. It is because of them that since I was a child I knew i wanted to be an entrepreneur. They taught me that with hard work, dedication, and support I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. It was their love and grace of making sure I knew even when I failed I could pick myself up and do better that I am the person I am today.