A native of California, Mike was born and raised with an Italian upbringing in San Jose, California. His grandparents came from Palermo, Italy and landed in New York only to make their way to San Jose, where they were looking for a good place to grow fruit and vegetables. Sharing meals with all the family (parents, cousins, aunts/uncles and grandparents) were part of their everyday culture.
Mike attended West Valley College and San Jose State University in California, majoring in drafting and design technology. He also elected to serve six years in the Army National Guard at this time which coincided with the Vietnam era.
Recruited by IBM, Mike worked thirty-six years in several divisions of the company. He enjoyed a variety of job’s having to do with software development. His last few years with IBM were spent with Human Resources, focusing on employee development.
In the early 80’s, IBM relocated Mike and his family (wife and three sons) to England in order to work on the technology of sharing computer resources between IBM in California and Hursley Labs in the United Kingdom. His family was able to travel abroad and see many of the sites in England, Ireland and France during their two-year stay.
In the late 90’s, Mike moved to Palm Springs, California for seven years. He continued to work for IBM until he retired in 2003. He then spent two years working for Hitachi in San Jose until he made the decision to fully retire and move to Peoria, Arizona in 2005.
Mike and Pat have lived in Trilogy for eleven years. They are enjoying the adult community and the numerous social gatherings. Mike’s hobbies are wine tasting, games, computers and being a grandfather of eight grandchildren!
Mike especially enjoys spending summers at the Village and working with the Activities Committee to help set up events in the Clubhouse.