Mike was born in Seattle, raised in Des Moines, WA and graduated from Mt. Rainier High School in 1970. He attended Highline Community College, worked for K2 Ski Corporation then moved to Enumclaw in 1976. Mike purchased Runland’s grocery which he operated for 12 years before becoming an agent working for Walt McLean at American Heritage in 1990. He then purchased the agency from Walt in 2006. He is married to Judy Manus and they have two children Caitlin and Ian.