Before joining Benson Hill, Mike was the CFO and Co-founder of Technology Crops International (TCI), a privately held corporation that provides solutions for industries such as specialty foods, industrial chemical, nutraceuticals, and health and beauty, relying on non-commodity agricultural products to meet their raw material needs. Prior to that, Mike served as CFO for Kings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods, plc (ABFF) as well as PWNC, LLC and New Acme Markets which was a nationally franchised regional retail grocery store with operations based in North Carolina. Mike earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky and a B.S. in Accounting from Guilford College. He received his Certified Public Accountant Certification (CPA) in 1998 and received his Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) in 2007 and the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) in 2012.