Mike graduated with a communications degree from Shepherd University (WV) in 1997 and promptly spent the next five years pursuing professional soccer. When the dust settled, he found himself in education, where he taught high school history and creative writing for nearly a decade. In 2008, he landed in Chicago as a full-service writer, and never turned back. He specializes in feature copy, editing, and promotional writing, but enjoys working within the full spectrum of the writing services and branding industry. Mike leads the copy and creative teams at Thrive in developing compelling narratives and powerful brands for the particular needs of each client.