If you only considered Mike Savicki's education and professional accolades, that might be enough. Mike holds degrees from Tufts and Duke University Fuqua School of Business, two of the country's most esteemed educational institutions. He has taken his expertise into the private, public, and non-profit sectors, and most recently founded Afterburner Communications.
If you considered his athletic accomplishments, and his breadth of interests outside of his core professional world, that, too, would be impressive. He has been a talented multi-sport athlete all of his life, a rising star pilot of the U.S. Navy, a writer, and a world traveler. He's been profiled in major media outlets including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and ABC, CBS, and NBC.
But when you consider the fact that he sustained a severe spinal cord injury that resulted in quadriplegia and landed him in a wheelchair at what seemed to be the peak of his life, and that he kept on going, with renewed determination and resolve to become virtually unstoppable in business, athletics, and any other pursuit he chose, Mike stops being merely impressive and becomes an inspiration.
Mike Savicki has had success in all aspects of his life, not without his share of adversity and pain. He is living proof that you do not have to be superhuman to accomplish excellence.
Through stories, anecdotes, jokes, and a healthy dose of self-deprecation, Mike Savicki shows that people can overcome perceived limitations and reach their dreams, and then reach beyond them.