Mike Houle Bio
Mike was born and raised in the metropolitan DC area and graduated from Archbishop Carroll High School in upper NW. He graduated magna cum laude from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL with a double major in graphic design and photography. True to his family's Canadian roots, Mike then pursued his post-graduate studies in design and lithography at the Vancouver College of Art, Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.
An avid traveler, Mike has taken extended trips to the Far East – including Thailand, China, Hong Kong, and Japan. Ramblings in South America and Europe are also on his list of favorites, and he hopes to someday visit Africa on a photo safari. Back in his college days, he spent an entire summer hitchhiking around the country, crisscrossing the lower 48 states with a backpack, a harmonica, and a copy of Jack Kerouac's On The Road.
As a marketing communications professional specializing in the visual arts, Mike has produced creative work for a wide range of clients, including MedStar Health, USC, The American Red Cross, Comcast, COMSAT, IBM, Weight Watchers International, and the United States Postal Service, to name a few.
Mike has been a frequent platelet donor to the American Red Cross, with over 300 donations to date. He is also a strong advocate of the Living Donor Program for transplant candidates, and for the organ donation cause in general. Visit: www.organdonor.gov
He makes his home in Montgomery County, MD, and tries to live as active a life as possible AWAY from the keyboard. His hobbies include mangling home repair projects, collecting vintage Catalin and Bakelite radios from the 1930s and 40s, and endlessly tinkering around with whatever old sports car he happens to own at any given moment.
"One of the best things about this job is that every day, every assignment, every solution is different. Generating results for the client is always the primary goal, and I get to work with a wide variety of interesting people. I feel fortunate to have a career doing the work that I most love to do. It's surprising how few people really get to say that."