Following a six-year career out of college as an award-winning sports columnist, Mike has logged over 30 years of experience in the development field with a distinct focus on major gifts and strategic fundraising campaigns. Over the years he has represented a diverse group of organizations and missions, including hospitals and healthcare agencies, universities, secondary schools, museums, zoos, aquariums, symphonies, theaters, social service agencies, humane societies, national youth associations, and police associations. Combined, Mike has represented projects that have generated in excess of $250,000,000 (and counting).
Early in his development career Mike had the opportunity to rejuvenate several stalled capital campaigns and developed a reputation for this distinct talent. He drew on this experience and success in forming the core business strategy for Westby Associates, Inc. By identifying the common failures in underachieving campaigns, Mike created a focus for a consultant/practitioner model that “corrects the mistakes before they happen.” It is a model that has grown rapidly throughout the Pacific Northwest, and is responsible for some great facilities and endowed programs in locations including, Seattle, Tacoma, Longview, Vancouver, and Walla Walla Washington, and Portland, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Hood River and The Dalles, Oregon.
Mike has an intimate and comprehensive knowledge of individual philanthropy, as well as foundation and corporate giving, based on solid relationships with leaders in those respective categories. He has been recommended to clients by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, Bank of America, and First Independent Bank, among others. He formerly authored a monthly advice column for the Washington Development Officers Association Trade Journal, for which he received a commendation.
Mike and Patti have three children, Juliea, Jack and Jordan. They live in Battle Ground, Washington.