Mike went to work in his father’s packaging business while in junior high and literally learned the business from the ground up.
After school, Mike would sweep floors, clean bathrooms, and load and unload trucks in the warehouse. He also went with his dad to visit customers, vendors, distributors and manufacturer’s reps. And when Mike turned 16 and got his driver’s license, he became his dad’s delivery truck driver.
In 1997, after graduating Purdue University with a degree in agricultural economics, Mike felt the pull back to the family business, mostly due to the strong relationship he and his father share. Mike dressed in a suit, requested a meeting with his father, and then asked him if he could come back and work for him full time. Mike worked his way through the company, eventually becoming president, and then launched Aerocell in 2007.