Mike grew up getting up every morning at 5 am to milk cows on the family dairy farm. His father instilled two guiding principles for Mike and his two brothers and sisters that he still lives by today. Work hard and worry more about your neighbors than yourself. Mike feels “It’s just the right thing to do!” Right after high school, Mike’s parents encouraged him to leave the farm and go to college. He holds an MBA from Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI and his BS from the University of Wisconsin River Falls.
After college Mike thought he wanted to be an Actuary, but quickly learned after his first interview, it was not going to be the right career for him. Instead, he landed a management training position at Farm Credit Services in Appleton, WI. Mike has been with Altra since 2004 leading our Business Services department and recently was promoted to Senior Vice President of Lending. He joined Altra because he felt his and Altra’s values were aligned. Mike has over 36 years of lending management experience. Throughout Mike’s career, he has felt personally rewarded with the opportunity to help companies and people with challenging financial issues work through their problems. It goes back to his dad’s philosophy of people helping people.
Mike is a Rotarian and also a member of the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce. He loves to be outdoors, enjoying any chance he gets to hunt, fish and play golf. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.