Mike spent his youth in Virginia Beach, Virginia but moved to Asheville and graduated from Ben Lippen High School in 1975. He attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville (on a soccer scholarship) studying Business and Economics. He is a member of Kingdom Advisors (a group associated with Larry Burkett and Ron Blue).
Mike is a graduate of the mentoring program The Circle of Wealth Financial System and is a certified Mentor. Mike is the president of Successful Financial Strategies. Mike also runs Chumpchange Ministries, which is dedicated to helping youth avoid financial mistakes early in life and teaching them the value of saving money for their future. He is a longtime resident of Henderson County and is the father of two boys and two girls. He has been an active member of Biltmore Baptist Church since 1991. Mike enjoys flying remote control airplanes as well as fishing and playing golf.