Mike's early business career involved working in an office in downtown Minneapolis as a Marketing Services Coordinator for a small group of Product Development Managers. In his second year in that position, the company added over 300 new products to one of it's product lines. The majority of these products were produced in Hong Kong, required an 8 month lead time and were sold at the big box retailers. This position gave Mike a better understanding of what it's like to drink from a firehose.
Moving from the Marketing position into a sales position was a welcome relief. Mike is a creative person at heart and always will be, but the new sales job helped him grow. The state of Minnesota was his sales territory for what at the time was a 30 year old NASA spin off company. The region had over 100 existing clients and during his nearly three years with the company, Mike added over 50 new clients. The most positive skill that came out of the sales position for Mike is that it took a weakness he had, giving presentations in front of large groups, and turned it into a strength.
After seven years doing standup, working as a background artist on the Jackie Robinson film "42", as an extra and featured extra on the TV show "Nashville", Mike has now produced a few documentaries. filmmaker