Mike started his career in 1983 working for Pillsbury until 2001. He steadily worked his way from Development Coordinator to Site Engineer to Construction Manager all the way to Vice President of Business Services. In 2001 he started working for General Mills until 2018. He started as Vice President Real Estate and Facilities to Vice President Corporate Services to Vice President Global Workplace Solutions and retired in 2018. While at General Mills, Mike oversaw all Real Estate, Facilities, Corporate Construction, Global Service Desk and Global Employee Services, with an annual expense budget of over $75 million and an annual capital budget of $20 to $40 Million.
Mike joined Excelsior Advisory in June 2019 when his friend Jim Jetland asked him to come out of retirement and manage Excelsior Advisory. In 2021, Mike helped to bring together another of his friends, Philip Simonet, to join Jim Jetland and Steve Brown to form Forte Real Estate Partners.
Mike has a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He also attended a four-month executive development program at Henley Management College.
- Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity
Board Member 2006-2012
Co-Chair-Raise the Roof Golf Tournament 2009-Present
Co-Chair New Facility Committee 2010-2014
- Minneapolis Downtown Council
Board Member 1997-2003
- TCN Worldwide
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"Focus Financial has partnered with this team because of their market knowledge and strong industry relationships. We have worked together on numerous real estate transactions in various sub-markets over the last 15 years. We have tremendous confidence that the team will deliver professional real estate advice."
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