Meet the Advisors

Executive Chef

Michael H. Garbin, CEC, AAC, HGT, a 1976 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, was the Executive Chef of the Union League Club of Chicago from September 1992 until June 2019. He left the Club after an extensive and successful career planning and executing events for club members and other prominent Chicago clubs, charities and foundations.
Chef Garbin began his distinguished career serving as the Executive Chef of the Wigwam Resort and Country Club in Litchfield Park, Arizona, a Mobile Five-Star property. Chef Garbin’s prior positions also include Executive Chef of the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, Colorado, the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, positions with Sonesta Hotels in Cambridge, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana and the Omni International Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
Chef Garbin looks forward to bringing his culinary expertise to Straightforward Advisors where he will provide insights for prospective clients by utilizing his creativity, leadership, teamwork, and pro-active problem-solving abilities.