Mike served his country and state in the US Army and North Carolina Army National Guard. Starting as an infantry soldier while in ROTC in 1988, then commissioned Second Lieutenant, Armor, in 1991. He held
various leadership positions to include platoon leader and company executive officer, before receiving an honorable discharge in 1998. Mike received the Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal for his service. He has also served his community as a volunteer firefighter, his four-year tenure spanning two departments.
Today, Mike works as Global Account Manager at Cisco Systems. He is married with two children.