REALTOR®, GRI, LMC, CCSE and Accredited REO Agent™
Mike has lived in Annandale longer (since 1960), and on more area lakes, than any other person in our office. His family roots run deep in the Heart of the Lakes area, beginning just after the Civil War when his great-grandfather homesteaded land in the French Lake area. His family worked in various local trades including farming, construction, and bar and restaurant establishments. His father even opened and operated Annandale's first coin-operated laundromat. And today, Mike brings his love for the Annandale area and his knowledge of our many lakes into each interaction as he helps buyers find the right house, cottage, or lakefront property.
Mike's personal history in the Heart of the Lakes area goes beyond real estate, though this is the business he always wanted to be part of. He enjoyed working a variety of jobs in the area, including his start as a pizza cook. From 1980-88, he owned and operated Annandale Carpet & Appliance. He finally made the move to being a realtor in 1999. He considered some other real estate companies first, but it was ultimately Oak Realty that he knew was the strongest, most progressive company to work with. He sees Oak more as a family than a team. "Everyone pulls together to help one another out...You can't stay in a bad mood here, no matter how busy or hectic it gets." He says he loves when "it all comes to together" - finding a home, lakefront cabin, or cottage that meets the needs of his clients and knowing he made the process as easy as possible for them.
Mike enjoys spending time with his family: his wife Barb, 2 grown daughters, who live in Buffalo and Rockford, and a granddaughter and grandson. He also enjoys the company of his black lab Lucy. His hobbies include upland bird hunting, deer hunting, crossbow hunting, ice fishing, dog training, putzing in his workshop, and collections associated with all of those. He's been a member of countless local clubs and organizations. His favorite is the Greater Lake Sylvia Association for which he is a board member. He is particularly fond of the Loon Nesting Program, of which he's been a member since 1987, and has chaired the Lake Sylvia Association members Summer Picnic for the last several years.