Mike may be relatively new to his current position of President and Chief Executive Officer, but he’s hardly new to United Bank and United Bancorporation. Mike joined United Bank in 2006 and has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer since 2014. Mike took a moment to share some of personal background and thoughts on his business philosophy.
Mike was named President and CEO in 2021. When he assumed the position — as he still does today — he emphasized that even though there had been changes, there remains strong continuity in bank leadership.
“The best thing any leader of an organization can do is put the right people in the right positions and give them the tools they need to be successful and then get out of the way,” Mike said. “My job isn’t to micro-manage, but provide high-level direction and support. Employees respond better in that type of environment. They just need to know that you support them.”
Mike is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi. He’s also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University.
Mike has been married to his wife Angela, who is a second-grade teacher at Fairhope West Elementary, for 25 years. They have three daughters and a 13-year-old miniature schnauzer named Lulu. Mike said Lulu is “a perfect member of the family and very sweet and loving to the five of us, but not so much to anyone else.” He said Lulu got kicked out of one kennel for being mean to the workers. He added, “Lulu’s gotten old and can’t see or hear very well, she still pretty much runs the house.”