Mike Stewart joined Anchor in September of 2011 as a Service Desk Engineer. He was promoted to Service Desk Manager and is now our Director of Operations! When we are not in a Global Pandemic, I have the pleasure of sharing an office with him and have gotten to know and read him pretty well over the years. Anyone who knows him will say he’s a tough read as he has a resting poker face! He makes me laugh every day!
Mike says he likes working at Anchor because of the small company feel. He explained, “everything you do matters, you’re not just a number. Coming from Best Buy where everyone is just a number, I like that every decision and every action have an effect.” Mike says that technology has always been a passion. “Ever since I was little, I was the one in the family who liked to fix things and figure out how things work and that is what led me to technology.”
Mike shares his home with his wife Rosa and their 3 kids, Michael, Max, and Mya. They purchased their first home in Parker 3 years ago and he loves working on little house projects as long as they don’t involve ladders as you will read below in the Q & A!
He and his father are avid collectors, and they don’t stop until they have a full set! His father ignited this passion first with coins, then they moved on to Pokémon cards and now their obsession is Lego. Mike tells me he owns 395 sets, 637 mini-figures and this comes out to a total of 66,000 pieces! Lego must be in the Stewart DNA because he has passed his obsession to his 8-year-old son, Michael, who recently created, by himself, an impressive stop motion Lego movie for a school project!
Here is some Q & A fun with Mike:
Q: Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
A: My family has a time share in Hawaii and we have been to just about all the islands. My favorite is Maui.
Q: How would you spend a million dollars?
A: I would put it in a savings account for vacations with my family. That’s what we always did growing up, we’d take big 2-week vacations to different places. It wasn’t always about visiting someone, it was to get away and explore someplace new. When the kids are older, I want to go overseas to Ireland and Scotland.
Q: Do you have a personal philosophy?
A: I was raised with my Dad saying, “figure it out”. Whether it was a bad grade in class or just something I didn’t know. Now I always try to figure things out myself before I ask questions.
Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: I’m a meat and potatoes kind of guy but I love cooking. Recipes tend to get me in the right direction, but I never follow them to a T. Sometimes my family suffers with a bad meal but most of the time I make good meals!
Q: Do you have a guilty pleasure?
A: I love whiskey! I like to try all kinds.
Q: Do you have a ‘biggest fear’?
A: I’m afraid of heights. I hate ladders. I’ll go on rollercoasters now and I’ll do things that have heights involved, but it really gets my adrenaline going….but it is ladder I hate the most.