Sky’s the limit for ToledoanWritten by Chase Purdy | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Forty-four year old Michael McGrail grew up, went to school and chose to stay in Toledo. He’s worked his way up the ladder and now enjoys an office in Sky Bank’s Downtown office building.
“I think I like the idea of the size,” McGrail said. “You don’t feel like you’re being overwhelmed like a Chicago or New York type city.”
For McGrail, there are many reasons people should come to Toledo to start their families, but he said it’s healthy to go out and experience other places. The growth of Downtown-area restaurants and businesses, along with the relaxed traffic, are only two reasons he likes the city, he said.
McGrail said he is proud of the progress the city has made, but concedes that improvements can be made, including waterfront development and more interaction between different age groups, he said.
“I think there could be more networking and marketing to that age group, those people between 20 and 40,” McGrail said. “I think it’d be nice to see the waterfront more, get back to the Portside days.”
He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a degree in accounting, before continuing to the University of Toledo College of Law. Interested in learning what it would be like living elsewhere, he decided to experience another place.
“I did leave for a summer in between law school,” he said. “I went to the Carolinas just to see what it was like.”
While there, he met his wife and convinced her to move back to Toledo. They both enjoy their life here, but to this day, she is still acclimating to the cold Toledo winters, he said.
When he returned he started working for Sky Bank, which was then MidAm Bank. From the ranks of their wealth management department, he began to climb the career ladder. Today, he is the senior vice president of that department.
“The main thing that I was attracted to was that it was a local community bank,” he said. “That’s why I’ve stayed here through the years; I’ve sort of grown with the bank.”
McGrail enjoys playing golf with a group of about 20 people who form the Greater Toledo Golf Club. He said he believes he is at the peak of where he wants to be in the community and is excited to watch the community grow.