A passionate woodworker by hobby, Michael Baty has never made the same thing twice, and his enthusiasm has made him an insatiable seeker of fine craftsmanship. Owner of Chestnut Hall with his sister Karen Baty Rice, and at the helm of the Chestnut Hall ship, Michael’s efforts to procure the finest American-made products in the country, across all styles, has made Chestnut Hall a regional destination for quality American-made furniture. Michael is devoted to providing the Mid-South and surrounding region with the highest level of customer service, paralleling the high quality of the products, and believes that can only come with in depth product knowledge. Michael leads a culture of knowledge and integrity at Chestnut Hall, and has driven his staff personally to furniture factories to see beyond wood veneers and fine fabrics, to know the products they present, believing this is the truest way customers can be led to the best pieces for their homes and lifestyles. A lifetime Memphian, Michael is a proud graduate of “Memphis State” with a B.A. in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Tennessee. He worked for Ernst & Young for 20 years in the consulting division, 10 of which he was a partner. Since the store’s expansion in 2001, Michael has devoted his charismatic leadership, expertise and business knowledge to Chestnut Hall full time. Michael enjoys vintage automobiles and Southern history, relaxes at Greers Ferry Lake, and has adopted Oxford, Mississippi as his other home town.