R. Michael Villarreal

Founder and President


Michael is responsible for the vision, culture and direction of Flite.  He manages the Company's strategic partnerships and growth initiatives. Prior to establishing Flite, Michael spent 15 years covering the energy sector through his positions as an equity research analyst, investment banker and capital markets consultant. Michael’s career includes senior level positions with Morgan Keegan, CIBC World Markets, Dillon Read & Company and Jefferies & Co. Michael was also the Founder of SAFARI Hardwoods®, a specialty hardwood manufacturing and distribution company, and Abraham & Villarreal Fine Art Gallery in Houston, a gallery designed to establish and promote both local and international artists. Michael received his B.B.A. in Finance in 1996 from the University of Houston.