A Decatur, Alabama, native, Mike received his bachelor's and master's degrees in marketing from the University of Alabama.
Mike began his career in the packaging industry when he joined Gulf States Paper Corporation in 1981. He served in a variety of sales and marketing positions in the Packaging and Paperboard areas before being promoted to Vice President for Sales in the Pulp & Paperboard Division in 1993.
He has since served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Executive Vice President for Pulp and Paperboard.
In 1999, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer before being named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2000.
He currently serves on the board of directors for the following:
He serves on the board of visitors for the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. He is a member of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Board and the University of Alabama Presidents Cabinet.