Mike was born and raised in the port town of San Pedro, CA. Much like the ships in the harbor, Mike came and went often, having found the excitement of travel and exploration at a young age.
“As much as I loved to see what the rest of the world had to offer, I always loved coming home! That might be what I enjoy the most about California Outdoor Lighting – helping people to come home well.”
Mike has lived in places like Phoenix, AZ, Seattle, WA, and Telemark, Norway. As much as he enjoyed embracing the cultures and communities that he lived in, he always seemed to be called back home.
Mike spent much of his professional career in the fitness industry as a trainer, manager, director, and even gym owner. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science, and then continued his education with a Master’s in Exercise and Nutrition. His pursuits were driven by his ambition to serve others.
“I just figured that if I truly wanted to help others, I needed to be willing to be a student, not just a teacher; willing to listen and learn, and not alway the one speaking.”
His other career choices have been community service-driven as well. Mike has worked catching shoplifters, in a physical therapy office, as a substitute teacher, and EMT, and as a youth pastor. All of these jobs had one thing in common – one golden thread. The service of others.
“My dad was a firefighter and my mom was a Sunday school teacher and water aerobics instructor. They showed me the value of serving others. They didn’t need to say it, they lived it.”
Mike is married to his lovely wife Stephanie, and they have four children of their own – Eli, Emma, Levi, and Everett. Mike works hard to be a loving husband and a good example to his kids, but also says,
“At the end of the day, I work hard because it’s the right thing to do.”
As the Operations Manager for California Outdoor Lighting, Mike supports the creative direction of owner and lighting designer Anthony. He is also tasked with building and leading work crews. In the lighting industry, he has found a great use for his hobbies of woodworking and masonry as well.
“I feel like our work speaks for itself. We do more than delivery safety, security, and serenity. Our work shows that we take pride in what we do, we are thoughtful, and we believe in good craftsmanship. But above all, our work says ‘Welcome home!'”