GET TO KNOW MIKE
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 on YouTube.)
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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.
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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There are many books in this world and I’m working to get through as many as I can! I’ll pick one non-fiction and one historical novel. The resource Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend was very influential in guiding me years ago regarding when to say yes or no. For fun and escape, I love Mister Christian: The Further Adventures of Fletcher Christian, the Legendary Leader of the Bounty Mutiny. It has it all, and I’ve reread it many times.
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, as a convert from coffee. Living well, and it also beats coffee breath.