Founder Biography, Michael G. Curran

Current Leadership Roles

The Curran Family Foundation, Founder and Chairman of the Board
The Triangle Aquatic Center, Founder and Director
Cary Academy, Director, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee

Past Volunteer Commitments

CapCommunity Foundation, Board of Directors
April’s Angels, Board of Directors
The Todd Group, Board of Directors
Band Together, Selection Committee
Boys and Girls Club of Wake County, Selection Committee

Michael G. Curran was born in Portland, Maine in 1957 and grew up in southern New Hampshire. Michael graduated from Spaulding High School in Rochester, NH in 1975 and earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master’s degree in education (M.Ed.) from the University of New Hampshire in 1979, 1980 respectively.

After graduate school, Michael moved to Greensboro, NC to continue graduate studies in education and work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During his three-year tenure at UNC-G, Michael was the Varsity Men’s and Women’s swim coach, the Director of the intramural sports program and a Resident Director of several dormitories.

In 1983, Michael left education to pursue a career in the financial services industry. In 1987, Michael moved his family to the Triangle Region of N.C. to manage an office of the Principal Financial Group. Michael has always valued education, so he completed a second Master’s degree in Financial Services (M.S.F.S.) and several professional designations including a CFP (Certified Financial Planner), CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter) and ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant).

In 1992, Michael founded the firm Executive Benefit Services (“EBS”), a financial services firm exclusively focused on the design, implementation, financing and administration of nonqualified deferred compensation plans. EBS quickly became a national leader in the nonqualified plan industry and in 2001, Michael sold EBS to the Principal Financial Group, a Fortune 500 financial services company. Michael remained on as CEO until January of 2005 when he decided to take a sabbatical from business to pursue the mission of the Curran Family Foundation.

Over the next five years, Michael dedicated himself full-time to the mission of the Curran Family Foundation and led the construction of the Triangle Aquatic Center (“TAC”), an 82,000-sf nonprofit public aquatic facility in his hometown of Cary, NC. After TAC opened to the community, Michael joined CAPTRUST Financial Advisors in 2009 to build out a new nonqualified deferred compensation consulting practice. After four years and with the successful buildout of the nonqualified consulting practice completed, Michael joined Swimmingly, LLC in 2013 as President and Co-Managing Partner with Managing Partner and Olympic Gold Medalist Charlie Houchin. Swimmingly is the developer of the #1 APP in the world using mobile devices to run swim meets that don’t use “Touch Pads” in less time, with fewer volunteers and with much less paper complexity.

Michael lived in the Apex / Cary communities of NC with his wife Robyn of 41 years where they raised three children. Kristin Curran Pake, is a graduate in religious studies and history from Saint Mary’s college in Notre Dame, IN (GO Irish) and a graduate from Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH with a Master’s degree in counseling. Kristin lives in Apex with her husband Tyler and two-year-old son Sonny. Bryttany Curran Todd is a graduate in psychology from the University of Tennessee (GO VOLS) where she swam for the Tennessee Lady Vols swim team for four years. Bryttany lives in Apex with her husband Jordan and daughter Hailey. Danielle Curran Williams is a graduate in public relations from the University of Florida (GO Gators) and lives with her husband Travis in Tampa, FL. with their two children, Trevor and Peyton.

In 2021, Michael and his wife Robyn retired and moved to Bradenton, FL (Tampa Bay / Sarasota, FL Region).  Michael and Robyn maintain a home in Cary, N.C. and continue to be active in both communities of Wake County and the Tampa Bay Region.