The son of two Greensboro, NC natives, Mike was born and raised in eastern North Carolina in the small town of Kinston. After graduating from Arendell Parrott Academy in 1986, he furthered his education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1986-1991 majoring in Economics. After college, Mike started a career in real estate appraising with the Lenoir County Tax Office which later led to a move to Greensboro, NC in 1994 working with a local appraisal firm. He opened his own appraisal firm in 2002 and has remained in the real estate appraisal and investment arena since that time. During this time he met his wife, Leslie, and after 14 wonderful years of marriage, they have been blessed with twin 7 year old boys, James and Thomas, and their little Boston Terrier, Lucy. Mike is a member of the Kiwannis Club of Greensboro and enjoys spending time with his children.