Mike Patey was born in Gresham, Oregon along with his twin brother Mark, numbers 5 and 6 in an 11 child family. Growing up in a low-income family, they were 15 when they launched their first business together, Deck-It, building decks for their neighbors in Orem, Utah. Before they graduated high school they had built it into a company with nearly 200 employees. Their hard work and drive led them to create additional businesses, successfully building and selling each one. Today, both continue applying their passion for work to their own businesses, Mark with Best Tugs, and Mike with EcoVap.
Mike is married to his wife Chandra and they have four children. Mike's aviation journey began in a 1971 Cessna 172L in 2002 when both Mike and Mark had independently decided to pursue aviation. In a strange "twin moment", on the same day both had attended airshows in different states and been inspired to pursue their pilot's license without the other knowing. When they shared their decision by phone, they were so blown away at the coincidence of the whole thing that Mark immediately bought a used 172, and the rest is history.
Mike continues his passion of flying and aviation while balancing family, work, and community. "Our parents taught us that if you are blessed with a talent or finances you must give to others or you don't deserve it in the first place. We were raised dirt poor but our parents gave anything we had in excess to someone who had less than us." Mike continues to give his time, talents, and energy to search and rescue missions for local law enforcement, as well as building the aviation community through his YouTube channel where he shares his passion. He is incredibly giving of his time and knowledge as well, often taking time away from his builds for visitors though he really just wants to get "back to work", a phrase that has become a tagline for his channel. "Back to Work means to get after something. I use it for my life in general. It means give your all, enjoy the process, and work hard." A mantra Mike truly lives by.
Mike holds multiple world speed records and has plans to break those records again. From drag cars to hill climbs to airplanes, Mike has always been driven to race things. He likes to build bigger, stronger, and faster aircraft, innovating new ideas and making them realities in his builds. Mike's enthusiasm is infectious, often seen chatting with fellow aviators and giggling over new ideas or theories to improve designs, he is a huge asset to general aviation and has inspired many to pursue their dreams of flight by earning their private pilot's license.
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