Mike graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in the spring of 1989 with a BS in Managerial Economics, with a strong emphasis on engineering. At the time of his graduation, Mike was dating a freshman girl.
Upon graduation and with a desire to stay in Pittsburgh, Mike went to work for a regional moving company based in Pittsburgh. He started on a truck and eventually advanced to General Manager. When Mike's girlfriend graduated college in 1992, Mike followed her to her hometown of Miami, FL. Being an entrepreneur and needing to support himself, Mike convinced a friend to partner in some virtual reality arcade systems. With no place to place the machines, Mike designed his first mobile marketing trailer and began touring the machines. Mike spent 30 months on the road with his truck and trailer, attending special events and touring with some of the largest musical groups of the time, groups including the Allman Brothers, Phish, Blues Traveler, Kool & the Gang and many more.
Thanks to his need to “settle down” with his soon to be wife, Mike needed to get off the road. So Mike accepted a real job with the nation's largest college entertainment company in Grand Rapids, MI. His responsibility was to design new mobile attractions and convince corporate clients to sponsor them. After a successful 5 + year career and the birth of their first child, Mike and Ana made a difficult decision to leave Grand Rapids to return to South Florida. Mike and Ana decided to continue developing and building touring attractions for companies. Mike was fortunate to hit the ground running and was able to obtain several large corporate clients. He developed and toured some very successful promotional programs such as Truth. Truth as Florida's award winning, youth directed, Anti-Tobacco Program. This award winning program led to speaking engagement on both the national and international level. At the height of this movement, Mike's company performed work for over a dozen different state governments, spreading the anti-tobacco message. Mike loved imagining, designing, and building unique attractions. One such attraction was a mobile nightclub in 2004. Built from a repurposed ISO container, the nightclub, sponsored by Patron Tequilla for Rahal - Letterman Racing and Indy race car driver Scott Sharp, toured with the professional Indy Racing League for three seasons. Mike started to design more of these attractions out of Shipping Containers.
The concept of using Shipping Containers caught fire and almost every idea proposed was ultimately purchased by a customer. This success encouraged Mike to look at other applications for container construction. Mike pursued commercial customers and started to do fabrication work on containers for Mobile Storage Group and the US Government - primarily the Department of Defense.
Always looking at applications for container construction and modification, Mike became very intrigued by a growing company in Clearwater, FL named PODS Enterprises Inc. PODS was using a container product with residential customers. Mike thought this was a really good idea. For the first time a company took what was primarily a commercial product and had now adopted it to work in a residential setting. This creativity attracted Mike's attention. Upon further examination, although overall a great idea, the actual container and delivery system were not ideal. Mike saw a much better way to fabricate a stronger container and a simplier way to deliver it. The idea was to build a simpler and better 'mousetrap". Mike knew by applying his experience in the big container industry and applying such to the small container industry, he could perfect the "better mousetrap". Working with various vendors and other companies and after several years of experimentation and research, Mike came up with his version of the 16-foot residential mobile storage container and delivery system - a container on wheels was born.
Starting in August 2007 the COWS containers were sold into the self-storage community. After successfully selling hundreds of containers in the marketplace, enough feedback was heard that clearly indicated that COWS purchasers wanted more than great equipment; they wanted a marketing system and they wanted to be taught how to use the equipment to make money. Because of Mike's extensive experience in marketing and promotion, he understood the product not only needed to be functional, it needed to have great marketing associated with it. This realization lead to the creation of the COWS Dealership program. With now more than 70 Dealers and over 100 physical locations in the US, Canada and Australia, the COWS Dealership program is stampeding across the planet.
Mike and Ana have been married for 21 years and have four children, a girl and three boys.