Name: Mike Green
Title: Executive Director, Youth For Christ
Current city of residence? Tuscaloosa
Family? Wife Laura, two grown children, Brittany and Ross. Brittany has our first grandchild due in early September!
What is your educational background? Grad of U of A with Mechanical Engineering degree
Where did you grow up? Grew up in Tuscaloosa, Central High graduate.
What was your first job? I worked for Skaggs Albertsons grocery store my tenth grade year in College Station, Texas, (lived there for just the year then came back to Tuscaloosa). I bagged groceries. One day, a lady closed her van door on my hand. Completely shut. It hurt. But when she opened the door not a bone was broken. I took the rest of the day off.
Why did you choose your profession? I was greatly impacted by YFC/Campus Life as a college student. Just couldn’t see myself doing anything else.
In 10 years you’ll be…? President of a small island nation. Or maybe leading Tuscaloosa YFC for year number 30.
What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office? Being in ministry it should probably be something spiritual, but it usually involves checking email and my calendar for the day. I love to get off to a good start while the office is still quiet.
What’s the most influential book you’ve read, and how did it influence your career? I will just pick a most recent one. Number one all-time would be tough. 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas was a biography on seven leaders stretching from George Washington and Jackie Robinson to Chuck Colson. I like short and to the point. In some ways I feel like I should get credit for reading seven books. One of the things the book taught me is each of these men had their own shortcomings and yet rose to be great leaders. It was inspirational to me.
Number one item on your bucket list? Buy a bucket.
What’s the first website you check in the morning? Facebook and then our organizations website. Just good to know the system has not crashed.
What’s your guiding business principle? Do something important. I don’t think any amount of money would satisfy me if I didn’t have a passion for what I did.
What keeps you up at night? More often than not it is things I am excited about and can’t wait to put into action as opposed to problems I stress over. I am blessed.
What’s your hidden talent? Having so few I tend not to hide any of them.
What’s your favorite local or professional sports team? The Crimson Tide would have to be at the top of the list. My grandmother cooked in the old Bryant hall, when the entire team lived there and Coach Bryant was still here. Many Sundays she brought a player to church and they would come over for lunch. Or she would share a story about what happened to such and such player that day. The team has always felt like family.
Address: PO Box 1156 Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
Photo: Mike Green