Mike has been working in the building industry since the age of 13 when he started construction in New York as an electrician’s helper. As a young man, he continued working every chance he got, weekends and summers with his uncle. He enjoyed construction and building things and loved the outdoors. He continued to work and learn, and at the age of 17 he went on to a trade school for two years in Buffalo, New York to learn framing, masonry, plumbing and cabinet building basics.
At the age of 18 he started work with a roofing company called BesRoi. Around age 20, he was recruited by another company, Crist Contracting, which had more construction responsibilities. After 3 years, Mike moved on to a better position and to gain more construction experience with StockMore, to be in charge of a window vinyl siding and gutter crew.