“I saw the love and support they gave each other and it inspired me.” He added that it was through their example that his passions took root. “I owe this family so much because it was then and there my decision was made to pursue a career in earth work.”
After high school, Mike moved to Alaska for a two-year assignment with the United States Coast Guard. Mike endured rough seas, backbreaking work and life threatening conditions during his time in Kodiak. As a result, he became stronger, smarter and determined to return to California to forge his own path.
After working for various utility and contracting companies in California, Mike opened his own grading and excavation business. He admits it’s not easy and there are a lot of “painful” days, but it’s worth it.
“I have one driving force: my three-year-old son.” Mike continues, “I hope and pray Hunter wants this business someday, and he builds upon what I have done and takes it to the next level.”
While Mike continues to expand his company, his focus is also on building his legacy “to have my last name remembered for something” is what it’s all about.
Watch how Mike is preparing Hunter Willhite to one day take over the iron.