Mike is a product of a military family. Both his parents were Army veterans. During his formative years he lived in various military bases throughout the United States, the Far East, and Middle East.
Mike was commissioned an officer in the Marine Corps. In a nearly 30 year career, he served in a variety of operational and support assignments, including Headquarters Marine Corps, the Pentagon, and Marine Forces Pacific. He is a Naval Aviator with more than 4,000 hours in rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft in land- and sea-based deployments. His duties took him to various bases and locations throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. This included Defense Attaché positions in both Turkey and Oman. His combat operations included Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Somalia along with multiple deployments to Korea.
Mike retired with the rank of Colonel after a distinguished military career marked by 18 military decorations, including 6 personal awards. He was also recognized by the State Department for his role in the Kurdish Relief after the first Gulf War
FISCAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
Mike was senior member of a Pentagon team that managed a $22 billion budget. After retirement from the military, he worked at two of the largest financial consulting companies in the United States, Booz Allen and Grant Thornton. As a consultant with those companies, he was an advisor to the Macedonian and Iraqi governments on the development of their internal budgets.
Mike has held leadership positions in various Marine units of different sizes. He was the deputy commander for a Marine Base and had mayoral-type responsibilities. He was concurrently the director for a small business with 400 employees and $50 million in revenue. He subsequently assumed command of a Marine air group with squadrons deployed from the West Coast of the United States through the Pacific Rim.
After retiring, he was the Director of Men’s Ministry at Mt Bethel United Methodist Church.
COMMUNITY AND FAMILY
His spiritual journey at Mt Bethel UMC includes being a team leader or member on numerous mission trips both domestically and internationally, a volunteer in various service projects including Habitat for Humanity and disaster relief, a referee and umpire for Recreation Ministry leagues, greeter and usher, officer and/or discussion leader in Sunday School and Disciple classes, and servant on several Walk to Emmaus weekends. He is a member of men’s small groups at both Mt Bethel and Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.
Support for veterans remains one of his highest priorities. He led a group of local veterans groups that worked with the State of Georgia and Cobb County to open a Georgia Department of Veterans Affairs office in Cobb County in October, 2014. He is a founding member of a local Marine Corps League Detachment and the Veterans Ministry at Mt Bethel UMC. He is also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Military Officer Association of America, and the Marine Corps League and a member of American Legion Post 29 in Marietta.
His wife Judy is a native of Atlanta, a graduate of the University of Georgia, and was a flight attendant with Delta Air Lines for more than 30 years. She remains active in programs at Mt Bethel UMC and is an officer of Delta Clipped Wings, an organization of retired Delta employees who support various community programs in the Atlanta area.
Mike has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. His daughter’s family has two children and she is the former President of her Junior League chapter in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The older son is a Marine, veteran of Iraqi Freedom, is the father of our two grandprincesses, and works for Wells Fargo. The younger son is employed by Rosetta Stone.
Mike received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, a graduate degree in Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University and is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.