Mike was in his third year, majoring in business marketing at Grand Valley State University, when he wrote his first line of code. He was immediately smitten by all of the things he could build. In his free time, Mike would hack up just about anything. Switching majors from business to computer science was an easy decision.
In the process, he made the Dean’s List and gained experience working with Node, Angular, Ruby on Rails, and Java. Shortly after changing majors, Mike was asked to build a platform for Grand Valley’s faculty and staff. They needed a way to collect and report data to show the impact of various university partnerships. The project ultimately led to his first startup, Collective Metrics.
At Collective Metrics, his team developed ways to visually illustrate the impact worthy causes have on the communities and the partners they serve. The lessons he learned along the way were instrumental in moving his career forward.
In addition to his work with Collective Metrics, Mike built more than 30 websites and developed software for a range of companies. For him, it is a privilege doing what he loves and helping businesses operate more effectively in the process.
Outside of coding, Mike has a passion for music, whether attending concerts, playing guitar, or producing dance music. He also spends as much time as possible outdoors—hiking, biking, fishing, playing sports, snowboarding, and surfing when he gets the chance.