Michael grew up in Boulder, Colorado and graduated from Kansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Architecture. He was a nontraditional student who put himself through college while raising a family, an experience which has helped him to understand the significance of prioritizing tasks. After fulfilling his college internship requirements at SDG, Michael moved to Missouri, where he worked at several architecture firms before returning to SDG in 2004.
Michael has a broad range of experience ranging from healthcare and retail projects to utility and corporate architecture in both Kansas and Missouri. Currently, Michael is working primarily with utility and corporate clients, providing support and administrative assistance with documentation, as well as other on-going requirements necessary for project success.
Michael is inspired when a design comes to life, when the idea transforms into something that can be seen, touched, used and admired. He loves to spend time with his family and has recently convinced his wife to teach him to sew that he can spend time with her while she does something she loves. Together, they are members of Quilts of Valor.
SDG encourages each employee to seek out their passions in design and construction, develop their skills, and build upon them, by providing a broad range of opportunities to work on different types of projects.
The Alliance Bank building, because it’s a high-profile building that gave me chance to design and construct from start to finish early in my career with SDG. The client has been very happy with the building, and the design of the building has enhanced the area where it is located.
Michael is active in his church and Habitat for Humanity.
Your best chance to finish on top, is to start well and follow through to the end.
I enjoy working with my hands and putting things together, so I do a lot of stained glass, woodworking, and finish carpentry. I’ve remodeled several kitchens and bathrooms for family and friends in my spare time.
My wife Gail and I have been married for 29 years and have three adult sons. In the last few years, I’ve become a grandpa twice – both granddaughters. I couldn’t imagine living without my family, especially Gail, because we have been through so much together.
I’ve researched my heritage back to the trail of tears, and have applied for and obtained federally recognized citizenship by blood in the Cherokee Nation.