Mike grew up in NE Ohio. He graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle. He entered the workforce as a chemist for an environmental laboratory analyzing water, soil, and air for chemical contaminants. While working as a field chemist at a hazardous waste site, they blew a hole through a cloud while disposing of hazardous waste. He's held a variety of positions including Organics Manager, Laboratory Director, Director for R&D, regional IT Director, and vice president. He studied financial planning at the University of Texas and passed the test to be a certified financial planner. With his children enrolled at the Austin Waldorf School, he found time to be a member of the Parent Society Advisory Council as Treasurer and President. He was the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for four years before becoming president.