Mike moved to Colorado Springs from Missouri in 2001. His background is construction, real estate brokerage and real estate appraisal. He is the founder and owner of Mountain Equipment Recyclers in Colorado Springs. Opened in 2010, MER is a retail store specializing in new and consigned outdoor gear including skis, snowboards, camping/backpacking, cycling, water sports, outdoor apparel, and more. MER has a greater cause giving a portion of all consigned and donated sales to local charities. To date, the store has given more than $65,000 to local organizations. Mike brings the experience of MER as the inspiration for Shift Thrift Store.
His passion is blending business and philanthropy. In his free time Mike enjoys spending time with wife Julie and son Brendan. He loves the outdoor Colorado lifestyle including skiing, backpacking, trail running, cycling, hiking, and more.