20 Questions

Mike Wilson

    1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words? An interesting life.
    2. What draws you to nonprofit work? Making a difference.
    3. What was the last piece of art (book, music, movie etc.) that moved you, and why? Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. My daughter presented the book to me on Father’s Day when she was 8, played the song on guitar as a Christmas present as a twenty-something some years later… And… we danced to it as our Father/Daughter Dance on her Wedding Day!
    4. What was your first job, and what lesson did you take from it that you still use today? I had a lawn mowing business in my early teens, so I learned discipline and service. I showed up on the hottest days and my neighborhood customers were always surprised with my sincerity and work ethic.
    5. To be successful, what’s the most important skill a professional should develop? Practice ‘Integrity’
    6. Who makes you laugh the hardest? Me and the things that happen to me along the way.
    7. What was the worst purchase you’ve ever made? My last house in Westridge Place.
    8. Dogs or cats? Dogs, two of them actually: Oscar and Riley.
    9. Beatles or Elvis? Beatles
    10. Who do you call first with good news? Mom
    11. Who has most impacted your professional life? The Westby Team. This is an awesome place to work and we take interest in each other.
    12. What was your first record, CD, or cassette you bought? Something by the Beatles
    13. Who do you wish you could meet again for the first time? My daughter’s mother and my former wife, Trina. ‘Thank you.’
    14. Favorite Holiday? Christmas
    15. What travel experience has most influenced your life? 1: Backpacking from Glasgow, Scotland to Cairo, Egypt – planes, trains and automobiles. 2: Travelling in Rural America for WAI. I wish I knew then (during elected service) what I know now.
    16. What inspires you to do your best work? Past success and future challenges
    17. How do you restore your energy when you’re feeling worn down or burnt out? Any destination
    18. Is there a humanitarian that has left an impression on you? Yes – John McKibbin
    19. If a movie was made of your life, what actor or actress would you want to play you? Tom Hanks or Jack Nicholson
    20. Favorite movie quote? One of these two… 1: “My mama always said-life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump or 2: “Get busy living or get busy dying.” Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption

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