Mike graduated from the University of Illinois in 1994 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he joined a geotechnical engineering firm and trained in Indianapolis, Indiana for six months. After this training period, he assumed the role of Regional Office Manager the Evansville, Indiana office, a position he held for 4½ years.
Mike also worked as a Forensic Engineer for a year and a half before joining at Mt. Carmel, Illinois firm as a partner. Mike purchased the remaining interest in the company in 2004. The rest is, as they say, history. With a new name, Neikirk Engineering, LLC, and a new direction, the firm has grown from a southeastern Illinois service area to serving clients on a national level.
Mike was born and raised in rural Wabash County, Illinois and has lived in the Mt. Carmel, Illinois area his entire life. He spent his summers during the high school years working in his father’s residential construction business. Here, he learned valuable construction skills as well as the discipline of hard work.
He and his brother also worked on their family’s cattle and grain farm while growing up. Eventually, they assumed operational responsibility of the grain farm and managed it for several years before selling the farm and devoting themselves entirely to their full-time careers.
Mike is a current member and past President of the Mt. Carmel Area Industrial Development Committee. He is also an elder at Wabash Presbyterian Church where he and his wife, Amy, are active members. Mike has served on mission teams throughout the United States for Lampstand Ministries, Inc. and locally for the Lost Bridge Great Banquet and Hickory Grove Great Banquet Communities. He and Amy currently serve as the Community Lay Directors for the Hickory Grove Great Banquet Community in Wabash County, Illinois. Mike also serves as the “sound man” for the Glory Girls, a local Christian music group.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys white-tailed deer hunting with muzzleloaders, shotguns, and handguns. Over the years, he has developed an interest in 44-caliber revolvers and has a modest gun collection. He and Amy enjoy vacationing in the winter months and skiing (although he never leaves the “green slopes”). Colorado is their favorite vacation spot — the more snow the better.