Mag. Michael Schickhofer has been in leading positions for over 10 years and has a large network in Austrian business, politics, and society. In particular, his expertise includes the development of innovative and future-oriented concepts, financial optimization, and profitable expansion of existing structures. He was a member of the Styrian state government for over 7 years. As deputy governor, he was responsible for the areas of finance, regional development, and disaster protection. Furthermore, he was a member of the Austrian parliament for 3 years.

In private, he is married to a tax consultant and has three children between the ages 4,11, and 13. They all live in Anger, a small market town about 40 km northeast of Graz.