"Michael was a visionary, a transformational and inspiring leader. He was a kind, generous man, a gentleman. He was a family man, a man of faith and always conducted himself with integrity. Through his company, he served millions of vulnerable individuals and employed tens of thousands of people. I know no one smarter, wiser or harder working than him. He was truly unique. He had a great sense of humor. He loved his family so much, and was devoted to them. It was heartwarming to watch. I had the privilege to work very closely with Michael, and I learned so much from him. I learned about healthcare, about courageous and responsible leadership, about being of service to others and giving back, doing the right thing, thinking strategically —many steps ahead. He would often asked if I was having fun working at Centene. I would always tell him yes. It was fun, it was challenging, it was ever growing and evolving. It was truly a privilege to be part of his team. Michael was a mentor and a father figure to me. He truly changed my life, and my family’s life for the better. He will forever be in our hearts. He will be deeply missed."