Mike Tachick



If you could give yourself a new title, what would it be?
Chief Pilot and Purveyor of Deep Thoughts

What is your favorite part of your job?
I like to use think time to identify opportunities, gaps, and risks.  

Which is your favorite Dairyland cow?
The space cow, absolutely. We sent two of them to space in 2016 and they now reside as mascots on my office windowsill. (See the video)

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When not working, what can we find you doing?
Out in the woods with a chainsaw in my hands.

What are you passionate about?
Making a difference in the lives of the forgotten people of the world while I’m still alive. Steady progress will win the day, so my wife, Julie, and I strive to be good stewards of our time and resources. I especially appreciate the unique role that aviation can play in serving isolated people groups.

How do you Live Engaged?
Working with the most effective global partners that we can find to provide relief and development, disaster response, and deliver justice to many of the world’s poorest communities, as well as work on local needs

How/where do you volunteer?
I volunteer mainly doing hands-on service, such as yard work for others and home building with Habitat for Humanity. It also gets me outside, where I thrive. 

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Favorite book: 
Our house is overflowing with books. In the category of adventure and exploration I’ll go with Endurance, by Alfred Lansing, regarding Ernest Shackleton’s fateful voyage in 1914 to reach the South Pole – an amazing story of grit (and nautical skill). With fiction, I have read everything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, who can paint quite gripping scenes and are creative wordsmiths.  In trying to make our company, Dairyland, go for the long haul, I appreciate insights from Good to Great by Jim Collins. 

Favorite place you’ve traveled: Machu Picchu in Peru. I can see why the Spaniards didn’t find it for a while. The view is astonishing.

Can’t you live without: Darjeeling tea

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