Mike Mullins is a former entrepreneur who founded a financial-oriented software company in 1976. Previously, he was VP with Chase Manhattan Bank and a computer services executive with Bankers Trust Co. Mike founded and operated several businesses including finance, vacation retail, property management, and others. Currently, he serves as vice chairman of the Captiva Community Panel and was formerly a Captiva Civic Association governor. He sits on the board of the Ding Darling Wildlife Society that 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. He remains active in a number of civic and philanthropic groups in SW Florida and New York City, including a long standing board membership on the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration of New York Foundation. Mike founded and is trustee of the Michael C. Mullins Charitable Foundation. 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. He has maintained a keen interest in beach nourishment and other CEPD activities ever since. He is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Captiva beach and dunes systems. His extensive experimentation with diverse native plant species on his own dunes has made him a natural choice to encourage an ongoing island-wide vegetation program.