Mike Gall grew up on a small farm where he learned from his dad and grandpa how to fix almost anything that was broken and realized he was mechanically inclined. He’d always enjoyed working with his hands, so decided to make it a career in the late ‘80s and opened MCS, a residential and light commercial building and remodeling company. On the residential side, they do high end custom homes and major remodels and on the commercial side, they’ve done karate dojos, hair salons and are currently working on a restaurant remodel on O Street.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
While maybe not completely professional, I think that being a single father raising two kids, hosting foreign exchange students and all the activity that goes into that was an achievement in its own right. During those times I still brought in an income, took a few vacations and had some fun while the kids were still at home.
Tell us a little about your family.
My immediate family has all passed away but I am still very close to my kids. Mike Jr. is 22 and Paige is 20. After all these years they still love each other enough to live together and keep in touch with Dad.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
The birth of my kids, getting divorced and starting my business were all milestones for me.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Something outside – riding my Harley, snow skiing, camping, playing sports, cold beer in the hammock, etc.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I got out of college with a degree in electronics and couldn’t find a job so I went to work for McDonalds.
What are you the most proud of?
Being a parent and the relationship I have with my children. Everything else pales in comparison.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Of many, one of my favorites is what Henry Ford said – whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right!
What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish?
Grow old enough to enjoy my grandkids.
How would your friends describe you?
One said, “Did he really say that out loud?”. One said, “When is he going to grow up?” One said, “Thanks for being the guy with the truck!”. Others I really can’t repeat…
What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life?
Music. I’ve played the drums and guitar since I was a boy and still do. I love to relax by playing the drums at church and the guitar around a camp fire.
Which talent would you most like to have?
It would be fun to dunk a basketball again!
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Honestly, not much. I’m not real vain so I’m just alright with me the way I am.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
Augustyn Burroughs and Sandra Brown are a couple of my favorite authors. Pick one from them.
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite TV show?
Sportscenter, Justified or Sons of Anarchy
What is your favorite Lincoln restaurant?
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
I know there’s someone between Jesus Christ and Charlie Sheen who I could relate to… I guess I’ll just say my kids.