After his bowling career ended, Mike started to look for another career at a company that he could grow with. Enter Discount Tire. Mike’s start at Discount Tire was very different than most. Uncertain if Mike could do the difficult wok of changing tires with only one hand, Discount Tire provided Mike a way to prove himself by offering him an unpaid/unofficial stint at one of their stores. After only a half-day, Mike proved himself worthy of the riggers of changing tires and was offered a full time position. From their, his career blossomed; at different stages in his career Mike ran their eBusiness/web area, their Digital Marketing area as well as starting their Social Media presence, designing their very first Intranet site and starting their Customer Experience area.
In 2016, Mike found out he I had cancer. After surgery and radiation, he has been cancer free for over 5+ years. The cancer battle was the toughest thing he has ever faced. But just like shooting 295 in front of his parents, he believes these things only serve to make you stronger.
Battling cancer had a profound effect on Mike and caused him to think beyond a career. In 2022, Mike retired from Discount Tire to give back to the amputee community by doing two things: Starting a nonprofit in his parents name, Joe & Marie Bolland’s Helping Hands, with a mission “to help amputees obtain the prosthetics they need to live a full life.” and start a podcast dedicated to sharing life stories of amputees, the We’re Not Stumped Amputee Podcast.
After cancer, Mike also decided to try standup comedy, and he now performs all over Arizona and across the Southwest. You can see his event calendar here: (Event Calendar). If you go to one of his shows, you absolutely need stop and say hi. He just prefers it to not be in the middle of his set, however. But he’d love to meet you!
Mike also is the inventor of a beer mug called the Two Fisted Drinker (TwoFistedDrinker.com). It may sound strange to use the term “invented” when referring to a beer mug. But he has three patents on the mug, so there’s that! In that business Mike does it all single-handedly: Designs the web site. Secures product. Does the books. Designs the packaging… EVERYTHING! It’s been a great learning experience for him. The mug is highly rated on Amazon, and there’s nothing better for Mike than knowing something he developed is being given as a gift and creating smiles.