Mike worked with Murphy Brown, largest pork producer and processor in the world first as a production manager responsible for over 500,000 spaces of wean to finish pigs. Mike spent his last 6 years with Murphy Brown as a construction/business development manager responsible for locating places to build, finding candidates to own and/or manage the space, assisting new site owners with financing, construction estimates, and following the sites through the construction process.
During his time in business development Mike was also responsible for barn upgrade programs, giving him a firsthand look at what barns need in terms of costs and equipment to continue operations as they age.
Mike bought his first site in 2007, a site that was 9 years old at the time and owned that site until 2013. In 2013 Mike built a new site under contract with Murphy Brown in Northern Iowa. As a site owner since 2007 he has learned what it takes to manage the daily responsibilities of both a site that requires more in maintenance and a new site. He has had to manage the manure application, making sure it was completed on time and legally as well as managing the expenses incurred by the site without ever having gone back to the lender asking for more money to operate the business.
In May 2018, he turned his dreams of being a retail store as well as a construction company into a reality when he opened The Pitchfork in Le Mars. At the time the local Toro was closing their doors and Mike saw the need to keep a high-quality lawn care equipment line in his town. He has now expanded that retail store to have brands like STIHL and Interstate Batteries.
When he isn't working, or watching his kids play sports, he enjoys golfing, playing catch outside with his kids, or spending time with his family!