After attending Cabrillo College and Cal Poly SLO, Mike officially began his career in the family farming business, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and father. The last twenty-five years, his responsibilities have included managing his local farming operation and the multiple locations that they have established in Southern California and Mexico. In his role as production manager, he oversaw the growing of more than twenty crops, which was a twelve month endeavor at these many locales. Also during this time period, separate projects with Ducks Unlimited and the Resource Conservation District, were implemented on McClusky Slough and Beach Road to preserve the Sloughs and control erosion. Currently, Mike is a member of the Board of Directors of Capurro Marketing with responsibility for the overall direction of the company, as well as overseeing Baja California farming operations and partnership. Industry activities include Vice President of the Santa Cruz Resource Conservation District Board, an executive committee member of the California Lettuce Research Board, and a member of both the Santa Cruz County and Monterey County Agricultural Policy Committees.