Mike was sworn into office on January 3, 2017, as the Pinellas County Property Appraiser. Prior to being elected he was a senior managing director and principal of a successful residential and commercial appraisal firm based in Pinellas County.
Mike is a lifelong resident of Pinellas County. After graduation from Largo High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Florida in 1989, where he majored in Real Estate & Urban Analysis. He subsequently received his Florida Real Estate Broker’s license, State-Certified General Real Estate Appraisal certification, was awarded the MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute and received the Certified Florida Appraiser (CFA) designation from the Florida Department of Revenue.
Mike has over 30 years of experience in the valuation of a wide variety of property types within Pinellas County and is presently Vice President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and a Regional Director. He has qualified as an expert witness in five area counties relating to real estate valuation matters and has substantial experience in evaluating and solving difficult valuation assignments. He has also been involved in real estate technology throughout his career. He served as a key member of a technology taskforce formed to tackle difficult real-world issues surrounding the design, maintenance, and deployment of appraisal report templates on a national scale.
Since coming into office, Mike has introduced cutting edge technology while remaining fiscally responsible to improve customer service and advance the mass appraisal process. Mike presently serves as Chair of both the Enterprise GIS (eGIS) Steering Committee and Business Technology Services (BTS) Board and is Vice Chair of the Human Rights Board within Pinellas County Government. In addition, he serves as Chair of the Property Appraisers’ Association of Florida’s (PAAF) Legislative Committee and Florida Flood Impact Committee, which tracks National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) legislative activity and potential value impacts due to rising premiums. Mike also serves as a District Director for the Florida Association of Property Appraisers (FAPA) and as Vice President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.
Professional recognitions include:
- R.R. “Bob” Walden Award (2022) - Outstanding Florida Property Appraiser - Property Appraiser’s Association of Florida
- Homeowner Hero Award (2021), Pinellas Realtor Organization / Central Pasco Realtor Organization
- Member of the Year (2020), Florida Chapter of the International Association of Assessing Officers
- Leadership Recognition (2018 & 2019), Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the Appraisal Institute
- President’s Teamwork Award (2015), Valbridge Property Advisors
Mike’s personal life is defined by his love of family, friends and music. He has a musical family with both of his children and himself being musicians and playing different instruments (guitar, piano, percussion, bassoon, and vocals). Mike is also an avid sportsman (boating, fishing and scuba diving) and is a licensed private pilot. Mike resides with his wife Michele in the Largo area.