Mike was born in the Magic Valley, but spent most of his childhood growing up in Southeastern Idaho where he was offered many outdoor opportunities such as Backcountry Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hunting, Fishing, and Water Sports. In his early 20’s, Mike left the family business to become a working cowboy and spent the rest of his 20’s working on ranches in Idaho and Wyoming. He went to work for Pinetree Sports in 2001 as a ski tech. Mike rose through the ranks fast, becoming General Manager and then Burley Boat Sales Manager when Pinetree Sports, now Idaho Water Sports, grew into the largest boat dealership in Idaho. In 2013, Mike took a 2 year leave of absence to start a boat dock business in Utah. He has now returned to Idaho Water Sports to continuing pursuing his passion, the boat business.