Mike grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois attending St. Mary's Elementary school, Loyola Academy and earned a B.A. from St. Ambrose University. Completed three years military service as Infantry officer serving a tour of duty in Viet Nam. His first career was with First Federal Savings of Chicago and Citi Bank holding various management postions, mostly Real Estate oriented, and retired after thirty four years of service.
He has held Real Estae Brokers license since 2003. He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors and as Delegate to the Board of Board of Directors for the Illinois Association of Realtors. He currently serves on the Board's Government and Political Issues Committee. He is also a member of The Knights of Columbus and The American Legion. Past affiliiations include The United Way, Junior Achievment, Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation, Lake County Home Builder's Association and Neighborhood Housing Services.
He is married to his wife Susie who has taught in Lake Forest District 67 for over 15 years. they They have two sons.