His grandfather was a master carpenter with a barn full of tools that Mike would use to build things, including scale model cars. When the first Star Wars movie came out – employing models to create its dazzling special effects – he realized that his pastime had practical applications. Before long he was on the road to a career in architecture, which involves model building. He took drafting and mechanical engineering courses, eventually earning his Bachelors from Roger Williams College. He went to work for a New Haven firm building models but also as Project Manager on academic and residential projects. Half way through his tenure, he saw an opportunity that would change his career. Computer-aided design (CAD) was in its infancy and firms were grappling with how to integrate it. Mike stepped up and led the transition serving as CAD manager, the point man for acquiring the knowledge to support and train the staff. “I saw all this digital technology was here to stay and I realized it was something I had to do, something I really wanted to know about,” he says. “I didn’t know anything really about computers then. But it wasn’t a struggle to learn because I really wanted to do it.”

A Connecticut native, Mike was aware of Centerbrook, had applied after college, and received a very gracious rejection letter. That stuck with him because it was the only firm of many Mike applied to that actually acknowledged receiving his resume. He tried again in 2001 and was hired, not as an architect, but as CAD Manager in its IT Department. The role has gotten more complex, encompassing the implementation of many pieces of 3D design software. He is now considered the Digital Design Coordinator, fielding questions and dispensing digital wisdom Knowing both architecture and the latest design technology makes Mike doubly valuable.

FACTS

  • Bikes 150-200 miles a week
  • His Old Lyme High School golf team won the state title
  • Four time winner of Centerbrook Badminton Tournament