Since the end of his college career, Mike has started a number of startup small businesses. He opened a small construction company and pre-cast concrete plant that provided infrastructure to the construction of small homes in Washington County and Northern West Virginia. Later he began a wild game call business and manufactured game calls for the hunting population all over the United States. The business primary produced turkey calls, which are still sold today, and Mike became a national turkey calling champion.
Later he began an international labor mediation business know as Workplace Community Associates helping business all over the US and Canada. As a labor mediator, he has worked in many Fortune 100 and 500 companies. His expertise helped business in the auto, aerospace, power generation chemical and mining industries to create productive and empowered workplaces.
Today he and his wife Jan have developed and operate Savage River Lodge, The Cornucopia Café, Grants Mercantile, Little Crossing Pantry and SRL outdoors all under Fronterra Resources. Fronterra Resources mentors small business locally and across the US. Over the years, his businesses have employed many people ranging from college students to professionals that have made fulltime careers in the hospitality industry. At times, he has had as many as 90 employees working in his related business with jobs that support the local families and the community.