Client Focus: Arts and Crafts
Mike's a self-professed ski bum, so it's no wonder that before he found his way to Oliver Russell he arrived at a confluence of passion and profession, working as lead graphic designer for Scott USA, Sun Valley Magazine, and Wood River Technologies in Sun Valley, Idaho. Now he's adding purpose to his design portfolio, which already ranges from print to interactive, from textiles to tradeshow exhibits.
What was the first concert you ever attended?
Somehow I made it to my first year of college without seeing a live concert. The fall of my freshman year the chance to go see “Mr.Big” fell into my lap. A buddy’s girlfriend bought two tickets and he apparently “wouldn’t be caught dead at a Mr. Big concert”. So I went and it was awesome.
What is one fact about you that people find surprising?
I am ambidextrous. Stepping up to bat or teeing off in golf, it doesn’t matter which way I swing. Soccer is the same as both feet kick the ball equally as well. And at dinner time the fork usually stays in my left hand.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten?
Raw Spam Sandwiches. It seemed completely normal for me as kid to open up my Tupperware lunch box (I wasn’t cool enough to have a GI Joe lunch box) and find a couple of raw Spam slices topped with lettuce and mayo on Wonder bread. This is only one of the many strange nutritional inadequacies that I grew up with. Don’t get me started on how my mom stocked Hostess Twinkies instead of fruit because “fruit went bad too quickly”…
List some of the nicknames you’ve had. Tell the story behind one.
I am not going to list some of the nicknames my mother had for me as a kid, as I am sure my co-workers would be more than happy to resurrect them. One that has stuck in my older years is “Snaggles”. With the last name of Stevens, my buddies morphed it over time from “Stevens” to “McStevens”, to “McSnaggins”, to “Snaggleberries”, then shortened it to back down to “Snaggles”. There is no really meaning behind the name, but to a certain group of friends I hear that more than my real name.
Would you rather ride a bike, a horse or a motorcycle?
It would hands down be a motorcycle. I love to ride every type of pedal bike there is, but my happy place is on my dirt bike. As a kid, all I could think about was getting out and riding.
Who inspires you?
My daughter, Marley. Having special needs, she is not able to walk, talk or developmentally surpass a 2-year-old level. Despite days of upwards of 30-40 seizures she manages to smile right through all her adversity. I have never met a more loving person. She hugs random strangers, melts the hearts of everyone she meets, and truly embodies love.
Do you have pets?
I guess we have pets. Not really traditional pets as most would call them, but we feed a few animals. We have a Koi pond that currently has five 18” Koi in it. If you had asked me this question last year I would have said we had twelve Koi… We also have a cat. A fuzzy employee paid in room and board, whose sole purpose is to control yard vermin. Recently he acquired the name “Winston”.
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