Mike and his wife Karen moved to Bismarck in 1995 to build and start Bismarck Funeral Home and Crematory that opened in 1996. Since then the business has grown into one of the most successful funeral homes in the region. Mike has been very active in the Bismarck-Mandan Community. Among other areas of involvement, he is a past President of the Bismarck Kiwanis Club, a past member of the Cathedral Parish Council and a Little League baseball coach. He is also a graduate of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber's Leadership Program. Mike was elected in 2007 to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) Board of Directors. CANA is the authoritative voice in the field of cremation in the U.S. Mike is also an active member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team for Homeland Security, he was deployed to New Orleans for the first three weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck. Following that, Mike was named the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team's (DMORT) distinguished member of the year for Region 8 at the 2007 National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Conference. In Nashville, TN. Mike was recognized for his role in assisting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and for setting up and conducting training for first responders in North and South Dakota.
Mike sits on the National Funeral Directors Associations Advocacy Council. The council develops and oversees federal public policy and political activities of NFDA. He is also a member of the Bismarck Crisis Team, Bismarck/Burleigh Public Health Pandemic/Influenza Coalition, and was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatves in 2008.