You What?

Mike Swinford, Briner Board Chair, Briner Building, Inc.
Nov 1, 2016
Jeffrey Crane
You What?

Do you have a nickname? Swinny

Describe yourself in three words. Type A, people-person, compassion

What is your go-to karaoke song? Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’ (theme song from ‘Rawhide’)

In what city did you grow up? Valparaiso, Indiana

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A rancher raising horses

What famous person would you most like to meet? Ronald Reagan

What is your favorite part of your job? Working with people

What do you actually do at your job? Sales and Business Development

What was your first job? Paper boy and lawn mowing

What is your greatest accomplishment? My marriage to Debbie and our family

Who is your hero? Rocky Balboa

What is your biggest pet peeve? Lazy people with their hand out

Do you have a motto you live by? If so, what is it? You treat people like you want to be treated!

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to cast as you? Jack Palance

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Short guys think big!

If you could trade places with any other person for a week (famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional), with whom would you trade places? My dad

If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with that time? Quit work, and enjoy home, family and friends

If you won $500 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money? Give it back to the taxpayers!

What three items would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island (other than food and water)? Tent, bug spray, radio 

What (and when) was the first concert you attended? The Rolling Stones at the Chicago Amphitheater in 1968

How often do you exercise? Not enough

What does your workout regiment consist of? Walking our dog Bella, playing tennis and Dewars Scotch

What profession would you never try? Drywall

What’s in your refrigerator right now? Too much food!

What is something nobody knows about you? I stuttered in 3rd and 4th grade.

Where will you go on your next vacation? Australia and New Zealand

What’s one thing you can’t live without? Music

If you could give your 15 year-old self advice, what would it be? Work hard to play

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given? Invest early. Life is a long time.

What’s your biggest fear? Failing to communicate

What is the best gift you have ever been given? Our two children, Krista and Nick

Name one person who has inspired you in your life. My wife

What's your favorite...

Holiday? Why? Halloween... it’s a fun holiday
Band or music group or singer? Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones
Song?: Paint It Black
Drink? D-Cup Martini – shaken, please!
Movie? The Godfather series
Downtown locale? Oyster Bar
Fort Wayne feature? Parkview Field, Embassy Theatre
Fast food restaurant? Starbucks
TV show? Deadliest Catch
Hobby? Tennis
Flavor of ice cream? Rocky Road 
Snack? Cheetos 

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