Mike is one of the first people I connected with when I moved to North Carolina. I was a scientist fresh out of academia, “green” from the bench. I knew very little about networking and about careers outside of academia. Through one-on-one meetings and a series of networking events, I learned a great deal from Mike about networking etiquette, the best events to attend, and career options. Mike was also very helpful in facilitating useful introductions—I have made good friends through events he organized. Eventually I made a successful career transition and Mike has been a big part of it!