Grit. Determination. Perseverance. When colleagues describe Mike Oliver, these are typically the words that come to mind. As the founder of SOLUS, Mike has worked tirelessly to build develop processes and procedures that create an outstanding customer experience for SOLUS clients. Today, Mike manages all of the functional aspects of the company, including finance, operations, sales engineering, and IT. An engineer at heart and a salesperson in practice, Mike’s ability to see both the technical aspect of solution design as well as the executive strategy of clients is the SOLUS recipe for success.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: The luckiest person in the office is the one who is turning on the lights in the morning and turning off the lights in the evening. Those people are the luckiest because they work the hardest.
Favorite quote: “And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for, needs, discipline, and the harsh reality of head-to-head combat. I don’t say these things because I believe in the brute nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour – his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear – is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.” – Vince Lombardi
Most important lesson you’ve learned in your professional career: Never give up. Work hard and keep learning.