Mike Sanford is a communications professional who enjoys all the trappings, bells and whistles, and social pleasures of eating out.
"I shamelessly annointed myself with the moniker Professional Eater," Mike says.
"It fits me well," he added
"I love food, all kinds of food. The only thing better than carrying on a conversation about culinary delights, is eating food.
Mike spent the first 20 years of his professional life in the newspaper industry.
“My father was a newspaperman, and I have been around ‘the business’ my entire life,” Sanford said. After attending college at the University of Florida College of Journalism and studying public relations, management opportunities with the New York Times Affiliated Newspaper Group pulled him back into the newspaper business.
Later in life Mike’s career trajectory was radically altered by an automobile accident resulting in severe head trauma. “ThIs event truly was, and continues to be, a life changing experience for me,” Sanford said.
Sanford cites the multi-task communication responsibilities of his first post-accident position as Director of Communications for a regional state agency as key to what he describes as his new personality: “I am now the guy that won't shut up,” Mike says. "Being a spokesperson fit me very well."
"I'm a good listener, I want to know what's going on, and nothing moves conversation forward like a great lunch!"