Mike began his career as a graphic designer for Stamats Communications, a Cedar Rapids-based national higher education marketing firm. During this time, Mike developed recruitment publications and other creative solutions for colleges and universities throughout the country — large and small, public and private, nondenominational and religiously affiliated. After nine years, he became the creative director at Stamats, managing a 12-person creative team and participating in leadership discussions with the company. Click colleges and universities to see a partial list of schools Mike has worked with throughout his career.

Mike joined Big Behr Design Co. in 1998 and has worked with a variety of clients such as Emmaus Bible College, Cornell College, Compass Knowledge Group (Orlando, FL), and Carnegie Communications (Boston, MA).

Mike’s work has earned dozens of awards from the Advertising Federation: Cedar Rapids-Iowa City, including “Best of Category” awards in several categories and a “Best of Show” award that was also recognized at the national level. His work has also been recognized by Admissions Marketing Report and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He holds a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Iowa State University.

Mike has been married to Dianne since 1989. They have a daughter, Lauren, and a son, Jamison. Mike enjoys muscle cars, boating, playing basketball at the YMCA, history (especially anything to do with ships and the navy), and all things Iowa State.