Michael obsessed over youth triathlon since the age of five. After competing throughout adolescence Michael set off to create opportunities for youth to find personal growth and community through the sport he loves. He created RipRoar in 2015 to continue a tradition of youth triathlon throughout the midwest. Formerly Michael was the Director of the Hy-Vee IronKids Series, The IronKids National Championship, and The Hy-Vee Kids Triathlon Series.
In addition to directing events Michael is a nationally recognized sports announcer. His professional resume includes marquee events such as The Island House Triathlon, The Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon Series and San Fransisco's Zappo's Bay To Breakers. Michael is the Executive Director of a Des Moines based non-profit called The Youth Tribe, aimed at educating youth on the benefits of multi-sport and healthy lifestyles. Beyond triathlon, Michael can be found with a plane ticket in his hand, a pop song in his head, and an adventure up his sleeve.