Mike began working with the Small Business Development Centers in 2009. His background includes banking, consulting, and government, with focus on agriculture, the wine industry, and real estate.
He is a strong advocate of staying engaged and embracing continuous improvement to enhance one’s skills. His banking career began in agriculture in the California’s San Joaquin Valley and then expanded to commercial, corporate and investment banking. Eventually Mike’s activities included supporting California’s wine growing regions, where he worked with grape growers, engaging in vineyard development and winery operations. Later as a consultant he developed succession and transition plans for families, which included business valuation, construction, project management, and performance planning. As a Napa City and County government official, Mike collaborated to make land use decisions that promote good stewardship, conservation easements, watershed and open space protection.
Mike holds degrees and certification in business and finance from St. Mary’s College, U.C. Berkeley, and University of Washington and he currently teaches various workshops through Napa Valley College.
Expertise: Agriculture Business Planning Business/Partnership Development Finance Financial Analysis/Projections Hospitality Land Use Start-Up Planning Strategic Planning Wine Business