Mike Hoben was born in Torrington, Conn., in 1939 and graduated in 1957 from Milford (Conn.) High School, where he was a member of the track team and played basketball in the summers in the American Legion League. He received a B.A. degree in finance in 1961 from Lehigh University, where he was on the track and boxing teams. He then served in the U.S. Air Force for four years, becoming a 1st Lieutenant. At the same time, he received an M.S. degree in economics from Arizona State University and later took graduate courses at New York University. Mike began his business career in 1965 with Chase Investment
Managers Company, becoming a pension fund manager, and then joined T. Rowe Price in the same capacity. He later moved to Exxon Corporation, overseeing $3 billion in pension funds. Prior to retiring in 2001, he was president of Benefit Capital Management Corporation, overseeing $6 billion in pension assets. Mike and his wife Joan live in Darien. They have three adult children and seven grandchildren. He is vice chairman of Gaylord Hospital and is a board member of the Diocese of Bridgeport and Lehigh University College of Arts & Sciences. He also is a member of the Order of Malta.