Mike grew up in Chula Vista and Dulzura.  He attended Valhalla High School.  Mike started his real estate career right out of high school working for Corky McMillin.  By the age of 20 he passed the real estate's broker's exam becoming the youngest person at the time to do so in the state of California.  He started International Real Estate (IRE) in 1986, a real estate sales, leasing and development firm.  To date IRE has developed over 2 million square feet of commercial real estate in Otay Mesa, Calexico, and Eastlake most of which they own and manage today.  Their office is headdquarted in Eastlake.  Mike and his wife Kellie just celebrated 25 years of marriage.  They have four children ranginng in age from 16 to 24.  He enjoys motorcross, shooting, traveling and working at his ranch.