Mike is a member and ambassador of the Owasso Chamber of Commerce, welcoming new business owners into the community. The Owasso Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business people and concerned citizens working in a cooperative effort to promote an environment that creates business and economic success and enhances Owasso’s position as Oklahoma’s premier community. When reading the Owasso Reporter newspaper, be sure to be on the lookout for Mike. Much of the time, you will see him in the ribbon-cutting announcements.
Mike is a past board member of the “OEF” Owasso Education Foundation that was founded in 1990 to support and encourage excellence in Owasso Public Schools by providing money to teachers for otherwise unfunded projects. Additional academic opportunities beyond the scope of traditional funding are possible because of tax-deductible contributions made by the many great Owasso corporations and citizens who believe their financial support is an investment in Owasso's future. The Owasso Education Foundation is a publicly supported, 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization. Mike believes that our children are at times the ones who get the short end of the stick with the shortfalls in our states' budgets. OEF as a great organization who has handed out grants of more than $90,000 within a year to help our teachers access tools and supplies that without the money donated by OEF our children would miss out on great learning opportunities. These grants go to purchase supplies from color markers to notebooks and everything in between.
Mike is part of the City of Owasso’s Sales Tax Watchdog Committee. This committee was formed following the 1988 “third-penny” tax bond election for the purpose of maintaining a strong citizen participation effort throughout the life of the sales tax and to ensure the proper use of revenues generated. In other words, to be sure that, once a bond issue has been passed, the city of Owasso is spending the money appropriately. Mike loves living in Owasso and has seen a lot of growth in the community. He likes being a part of the Sales Tax Watchdog Committee because he likes growth but he likes quality growth better, and you can get that when dollars are spent appropriately.
Mike is a board member of the Bailey Education Foundation. The Bailey Education Foundation scholarship program was established in 2015 to provide scholarships to students in the surrounding area who plan to further their education in the medical field. They also support other local non-profits with the use of Bailey Medical Center’s facilities. The board started out giving $5,000 in 2015 and has increased those donations every year, giving out $20,000 in 2018. Mike looks forward to continuing the growth and being able to give out even more scholarship money in the future.