Spirit of Service for Those in Need
“My favorite tool is probably my paint sprayer; it makes painting an entire house, and sometimes a garage, in one day, possible,” says Mike Brandt, PE, who has used it on at least eight Spirit of Service houses – some with detached garages requiring extra effort – during the Helena office’s annual Spirit of Service event. Morrison-Maierle, along with other Helena businesses, dedicate a day of service each year toward helping others with house and yard work.
Operated through the Rocky Mountain Development Council, Spirit of Service is an annual “spring cleaning” event promoted by local businesses and organizations of the greater Helena area. Typically in May or June, program volunteers spend an entire day helping homeowners by performing yard work and maintenance to the exteriors of their homes. Morrison-Maierle has been part of this program for 12 years.
Mike and several of his fellow employee-owners in the Helena office have been part of this effort since the beginning and every year are joined by new employee volunteers. What sets Mike apart from the rest is his dedication, enthusiasm for helping others, not to mention his vast collection of tools and knowledge of home-building skills.
Morrison-Maierle usually takes on two to four projects during the Spirit of Service day. Aubrey Yerger, PE, a structural engineer in Mike’s Helena buildings group, says lots of volunteers are always pleased when they find out they’re on Mike’s team. “He just knows how to get the job done. He wastes no time getting set up and assigning tasks to those eager to help with the painting and its associated prep work. I think some of this comes from his professional project work, and rest of it comes from Mike being the selfless person he is. He makes this community effort fun and productive at the same time.”
Mike started his career as an electrical engineering technician where he focused on the electronics end of the business. He later obtained his B.S. in electrical engineering from Montana State University and went to work for Honeywell in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he worked in the military aviation industry. Mike and his wife, Jeannie, returned to Montana and he came to work for Morrison-Maierle shortly after. They live in Helena with their two daughters.
While it may seem like Mike has every tool under the sun and happily shares them doing projects for charity and friends and relatives, he says he’s short one thing: “A garage to put them all in. I’d like to get back into woodworking. A garage would really come in handy with that effort.”