Mike grew up in Palm Beach County and spent his high school years working at Moffitt Inlet Marina, which is now Safe Harbor New Port Cove Marine Center. He then attended the University of Florida, receiving his bachelors degree in 1991. Mike earned his 100 ton Masters license while working in the Bahamas aboard a live aboard SCUBA diving charter vessel in the early 90’s before heading to the oilfields of the Gulf of Mexico and spending over two decades in the marine construction field as a commercial deep sea diver. He has over 1500 surface supplied dives and spent 257 days in saturation with a deepest dive to 540 feet. Mike ended his offshore career as a diving supervisor for Oceaneering International working off of the west coast of Africa to be home full time with his two young children.
In addition to working full time as a broker for Downey Yachts Mike does occasional work as a captain, is the new starting outfielder and utility infielder for the Bev Smith Toyota team in the Florida Half Century Amateur Softball Association, does yacht photography and is a private pilot. He is also an assistant coach for his kids T-ball team.