Mike Smith was born in Richmond, Indiana the youngest of three children. He graduated from Richmond High School where he enjoyed being on the golf and swim team. He majored in biology and was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Wittenberg University, where he met his future wife Ann, a marriage that has lasted 50 years and produced two beautiful daughters, 3 grand-children, and two terrific son-in-laws. During these early years Mike served for 7 years in the Ohio National Guard. Professionally, Mike started his career in sales which progressed into the ownership of retail stores in North Carolina. Mike was also involved in the brokerage business and real estate. Mike is a 32 degree Mason and in retirement has devoted his time to family, gardening, golf, and swimming, and his devotion to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.