Michael was born and raised in Hailey, Idaho.
In 2001 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he completed multiple tours of overseas duty through 2001-2011. Soon after exiting the Marine Corps, Michael began school at Idaho State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Michael has worked for Idaho Water Engineering as an intern and Hydrological Technician since 2015. Michael is also the owner of GeoScapes, LLC., where he designs and develops portable RO & UV water filtration systems.