Mike Mullins is a former entrepreneur who founded a financial-oriented software company in 1976. Previously, he was VP at Chase Manhattan Bank and a computer services executive with Bankers Trust Company. He also founded and operated several businesses including finance, vacation retail, property management, and was formerly a Captiva Civic Association governor. Currently, Mike serves as vice chairman of the Captiva Community Panel and sits on the board of the Ding Darling Wildlife Society which supports Sanibel's Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Recently, Mike was appointed to the board of the National Wildlife Refuge Association which supports all refuges nationwide and remains an active member at a number of civic and philanthropic groups in SW Florida and New York City, which includes being a long standing board member at the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration in New York City. Additionally, Mike later founded and is a trustee of the Michael C. Mullins Charitable Foundation. When Mike paid a visit to the CEPD office to educate himself on local beach-related issues prior to purchasing a home on Captiva in 1998, little did he know he would he would soon become dedicated to Captiva's beach nourishment and an avid supporter of other CEPD activities. Mike is wholeheartedly committed to preserving and enhancing the Captiva beach and dunes systems. His extensive experimentation with diverse native plant species which he has done on his own dunes has made Mike a natural choice to encourage the ongoing island-wide vegetation program.