New member profile: Fernando Ortiz

Fernando Ortiz

Fernando grew up in the great outdoors of Milford and he is still happiest out of doors. He is a dedicated member of the American Sailing institute, carving out Tuesday mornings to sail all the boats in the Institute’s extensive fleets, which are moored in three different lakes across the region. He and his wife also enjoy hiking and biking in Michigan and across the country. They had some wonderful hiking in Austria.

Fernando came to Michigan in 1978 as a freshman and like so many, stayed. He and his wife Mary Sue moved to Rochester Hills to be closer to family when babies came along, where they lived for 20 years. They raised three daughters, all of whom went to Marion High School and then Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. The two older girls are in Colorado and the third, working on a Masters at the University of Kentucky, will head out there with her new degree.

Fernando worked in Ann Arbor all those years, commuting from Rochester Hills. Ann Arbor drew them both back a couple of years ago. Fernando continued his work as a financial planner with Valeo Financial Advisors and his involvement with Ann Arbor non-profits. He introduced Ann Arbor to the Brackets for Good event to raise awareness and funds for 64 area non-profit organizations. He has served on the boards of the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Hope Medical Clinic, and for Kerrytown Concert House, where he was also Treasurer. He is a member of the Washtenaw Estate Planning Council and Board Trustee for American Sailing Institute.Fernando plans to visit committees before deciding on one or two. His enthusiasm is infectious and he will be a great Rotarian.