Mike is a graduate from Sandhills Community College in North Carolina and has been an avid outdoorsman starting at a very young age, using ATV and full size 4×4 platforms to gain access to remote areas of North Carolina.

He started his outdoor adventure as a young boy with the desire to spend most of his time outside. While trying to own and operate a metal fabrication shop specializing in 4×4 armor and up-fitting vehicles he spent a lot of time in Uwharrie National Forest. He shadowed the late Scott Fields. He worked and trained under Scott for several years before coming to work with OEX. Mike has a certification of Master Tread trainer and Southeast Regional Volunteer Coordinator through Tread Lightly, and is certified as a trainer with the International 4 Wheel Drive Trainers Association. As an instructor on 4×4 platforms, Mike has experience instructing Army Special Forces, Navy Seals, Army Rangers and other various civilian groups.