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  • BBA—University of Georgia

  • (Major—Insurance/Real Estate)

  • Worked his way up from salesman, to manager, to district manager, to regional manager, to national sales manager, to vice president of sales of an international sales corporation.........within 4 years and before he was 26 years old.

  • Has spoken to over 3,000 audiences in the United States, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Philippines, and Mexico.

  • Mike has spoken on programs with: Johnny Bench, Dr. Ken Blanchard, Rocky Bleier and Bruce (Caitlin) Jenner, as well as the late:
    Zig Ziglar, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Paul Harvey, Dr. Robert Schuller, Og Mandino, Art Linkletter, Bob Richards, and Dr. Leo Buscaglia.

  • Co-author of two books.

  • In 1995, Mike published his first solely authored book.

  • He has made several THOUSAND "cold-call" field sales presentations and has "field trained" over 100 salespeople.

  • Mike has been featured in many corporate "in house" video tape training programs.

  • Mike was the 1980-81 President of the 2,500 member, National Speakers Association.

  • In 1980, he received the CSP designation (Certified Speaking Professional) from the National Speaker's Association. Fewer than 2% of all the professional speakers in the world have received this distinction/certification.

  • In 1990, Mike became the first and only speaker to receive both of the National Speakers Association's highest honors in the same year:

  •  1) The CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Award (Council of Peers Award for Excellence), presented to him by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale (only 195 other speakers have received this prestigious award....including: Zig Ziglar, General Colin Powell, Tom Hopkins, Dr. Ken Blanchard, Art Linkletter, Ronald Reagan,
    Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Harvey Mackay, Marilyn Van Derbur, and Og Mandino)

  • 2) The CAVETT AWARD, the most cherished honor in the speaking industry.  It is given to only one speaker each year.

  • In 2004, Mike was a recipient of the "Legend of the Speaking Profession" award.  Fewer than 100 speakers in the world have received this recognition.

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  • Grew up in Texas and Virginia, before going to college in Athens, Georgia.

  • Was president of his high school fraternity AND college fraternity.....both in his junior years.

  • Lived in Denver, Colorado......Los Angeles, California..... San Francisco, California.....Cleveland, Ohio.....Canton, Ohio.... Norfolk, Virginia.....Houston, Texas.....Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Columbus, Ohio...before recently settling in Cary, North Carolina.

  • He has a daughter who is a Physician's Assistant.  She is married to a Doctor and they have two young sons....the grandsons that Mike adores.  Mike has a son who is a lawyer in Austin, Texas.

  • Mike loves country music and Motown (but his favorite all time singer was Jackie Wilson), sings Karaoke, travel, movies, good food, horseback riding, kids, and animals.

  • He collected sports cards for many years.  At one time he had over 2,000,000 items.

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