Executive Director and CEO
Mike supervises and controls all of the business and affairs of the corporation. Responsibilities include managing, planning, directing, administering and evaluating all components of the Ice Age Trail Alliance programs, staff and volunteers.
Mike joined our staff in July, 2007 as executive director. Prior to that, Mike traces his volunteer service to the Alliance back to the early 1990’s when he’d spend time behind a mower in the Washington & Waukesha Counties area. His volunteer service increased substantially with the inaugural Mobile Skills Crew program in 2002. Service thereafter included a term on the Board of Directors and briefly as its president before stepping aside to accept his current position.
Mike is professionally and personally invested in the mission of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and its five core programs: Trail, Lands, Outreach & Education, Philanthropy, and Communications. These programs are the pillars of success on which the Ice Age Trail Alliance will continue to grow as a conservation organization of national significance.
Prior to joining the Alliance staff, Mike’s career included partial ownership and 35 years of experience managing the retail division of his family’s specialty sports retail business and a few years each in the insurance and recycling business.
Mike’s proud that most of his professional life has been devoted to fun and Wisconsin. Mike graduated with a BA in marketing from UW-Milwaukee in 1975. He met and married his wife Barbara on the Ice Age Trail and instilled the passion of the Trail in his two daughters and four grandchildren.