You might know Mike White as chair of the PSAR Technology Committee, which he founded in 2011. The widely-known technology guru also serves on the Sandicor Technical User Group and the C.A.R. ZipForm Committee.
But did you know that Mike, 53, has earned a black belt in Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial art? He has studied martial arts for six years.
He was born in Hawaii, his father was in the Navy. The family relocated to San Diego when he was 13 years old (it was his family’s 13th move since he was born). They lived in San Diego’s Del Cerro area.
He got his first computer at age 18, a Commodore 16 with only 16 kilobytes of RAM. “It had enough memory for playing a few games, that’s about it,” said Mike. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School (class of 1979).
After high school, Mike attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and played trumpet in the marching band. “That’s how I was able to attend the football and basketball games for free,” he said. “Those tickets can get expensive.”
At UCLA, Mike was among the final group of students required to learn the Fortran computer language using punch cards. But, he was also one among the first students at UCLA at the time to type homework assignments and term papers on a computer.
Three days after finals were over his freshman year at UCLA, Mike passed the real estate sales exam on his first attempt. He was a newly licensed, 18-year-old sales agent who worked over the summer months at a Century 21 office owned by Jerry Campbell, the father of Jeff Campbell, PSAR 2013 president.
Mike later left UCLA and transferred to San Diego State University where he won the top prize in a contest sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. For the contest, he developed a quick-release latch for a plastic injection molding machine that was used to produce plastic parts for Hewlett-Packard. “All I got was a certificate,” said Mike.
He quit college to focus on his computer consulting business. “It was the mid-1980s and I was earning $30 an hour just to connect cables and fix computers,” said Mike.
His IT consulting business kept him employed for 25 years. Then, in 2005, Mike returned to real estate sales on a full-time basis and came full circle with the Campbell family's real estate heritage. Mike joined Jeff Campbell & Associates’ Pacific Growth Sales Brokerage, where he is still today.
“I always tell other agents that technology is merely a tool in our business, but it’s not the end-all, it’s only one of the arrows in someone’s quiver,” said Mike. “I don’t spend too much time on Facebook and social media, only late at night but not much in the prime time of the day.”
Mike has been married for 15 years to wife Cathy , who goes by Cat. They have a daughter Crystalinda, 13, who attends Creative, Performing and Media Arts Middle School located in Clairemont.
“I love PSAR because our association adds so much fun to our jobs,” said Mike, who appeared recently in the Unfashion and Variety Show. He also helped operate the lights at the event. The fun-filled evening of fashion, song-and-dance routines, and hilarious comedy skits performed by PSAR members raised $10,000 for the non-profit Military Warriors Support Foundation.