Michael grew up in the country, surrounded by open fields of crops or livestock and gravel roads. He's still a country boy where a handshake means everything.
Michael began building his work ethic and integrity with neighbouring farmers at the age of 8. Even as a young teenager, Michael had an entrepreneurial spirit and formed a tree cutting company along with a grass cutting and snow plowing business for nearby homeowners.
Michael eventually joined his father in the family aviation business. He was then recruited into the corporate world by a global aircraft manufacturing company where he stayed for 15 years and worked on five different continents while climbing the executive ladder.