Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mike attended public schools and developed a passion for public service at an early age. Mike would volunteer with the annual Community Day festival, community cleanups and the with police department during numerous D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) events.
In 2009 Mike moved to Orlando, Florida to attend the University of Central Florida where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a certificate in security management. While in Orlando, his passion for public service continued to grow. Mike joined the Orlando Police Department as a volunteer working closely with the agency’s Crime Prevention Division. Mike volunteered for many community services projects during his tenure as a volunteer including Orlando’s award-winning National Night Out initiative.
Mike is currently an event producer for a national events company focusing on the rapidly growing Tampa Bay market. Mike’s career in event and television production has taken him across the country and as far away as Manaus, Brazil. His notable and favorite projects include the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. because it celebrates a timeline of American military history, honoring those who have served and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Mike and his partner Shane live in St. Petersburg with their boxer-frenchie mix, Ms. Penny. In their free time, they enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.