ABOUT MIKE, hmmmmmmmmmm written by Mike

· Realtor since February 1987
· Broker's license since 1993
· Central Coast resident since 1955
· North County resident since 1977
· Quality not Quantity is my motto
· Integrity: Is how best to describe me


I have seen and experienced a lot of changes to the Central Coast since moving to the area as a kid in 1955!.....I am one of what eventually would be four kids growing up close to the ocean in the rural areas of the South County (Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Grover Beach area) surrounded by strawberry fields.

Going to school at Oceano Elementary I experienced diving under my desk during the air raid warnings through the Cuban Missile Crisis of the early 60's. Vandenberg Air Force Base was considered a prime target. I didn't really understand the seriousness of the times, but my parents were fully aware as my father had landed on Utah Beach and experienced the full European Campaign during WW II.

Being able to enjoy Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo was a normal occurrence for us. I graduated from Arroyo Grande High School in 1969 and started working in a service station with two of my high school buddies. That lasted about a year and then I started hanging out at Deans Muffler in Arroyo Grande. I was intrigued by the business, and he had a dragster! I went to work for the State in 1972, got married a few months later and I thought I was ready for what the world had in store for me…..But life really is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.

I found out that I needed to be self-employed. Seems it just works better for me. I tend to look at life differently, I think, than most people. By 1974 I realized that I needed to pursue my own future and not have it tied to working for someone. Just seemed appropriate that I should have my own business.

I have been working on and around high performance cars since I was 12. By 1977 I moved to Atascadero and opened my own Muffler Shop and Auto Repair business. Great business, but after 9 years I started to have some health problems, back to that "box of chocolates" saying, and I sold the business. It was at that time I got my real estate license followed by a divorce. Now 19 plus years later I am sitting here writing this "About Mike" stuff.

I have been involved in many community service events, and am Past President of the Atascadero Lions Club. I'm also involved in different aspects of the inner workings of the Paso Robles Association of Realtors; we are presently involved in the process of hiring a Government Affairs Director. The seven area Realtor Associations came together and agreed that a Government Affairs Director is needed to monitor the activities of City and County governments that will affect property rights in our area. The City and County Governments have too much going on for most people to keep track of them.

By the way, I have two grown children who are doing just great!
I am interested, still and always, in fast cars, NHRA and Goodguys drag racing; top fuel, funny cars, alcohol cars, super gas cars. Boat racing, land speed record attempts, salt flat trials, hot rods, racecars, custom car fabrication, muscle cars, bench racing and all of the great people that are involved with them.

My other love is dancing, live music and the wonderful people that have become some of my dearest friends. There are many great places to dance and many great groups or organizations that put on dances in the county. Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, Mothers Tavern, The Graduate, Tortilla Flats and many more. The Paso Robles Inn is fun but the dance floor is very small....

And that's all I have to say about that.