Mike is a son, uncle, Army veteran, culture junkie, community advocate, market influencer, and lover of Boston Terriers, in no particular order. Prior to his current role leading the Communications department at ATLARGE, Mike worked at The Sarasota Ballet for 7 years overseeing communications. During that time, he worked closely with fellow marketing directors from major cultural organizations in town to expand the young professional attendance at all performances by growing the Culture Collective Program. A community advocate for the arts and the cultural sustainability of Sarasota, Mike is currently on the board of Sarasota Contemporary Dance as chair of the Marketing Committee, sits on the Compensation Committee, and is a graduate of the Dance Institute Leadership Training Course through Dance/USA. Mike was a sergeant in the United States Army, serving eight years which included a tour of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2004. He has 18 years of experience in market strategy and public relations with a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and has lived in Sarasota since 2008.