Mike has been a co-owner since 1997. He championed the development and implementation of the safety plan and safety training program to help customers, especially leased tank customers, maintain a safe propane system at their homes, farms and businesses. He also has guided the business through a number of changes that have enabled customers to purchase propane and obtain services at value prices. His significant capital investments have enabled the business to grow and also have benefitted the community.
Mike was born in Hillsdale, raised in Hudson, and is a 1984 graduate of Hudson Area High School where he played baseball, basketball and football. He was fortunate to be a part of the 1982 football team that gave up only 5 points during the regular season, a record that stands to this day.
Mike earned a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Iowa. He has practiced law for over 20 years, including past roles with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and established law firms with national practices in Chicago and Phoenix. Mike’s clients at Dresser, Dresser, Haas & Caywood, P.C. are able to get the sophisticated, high quality services typically available only at large law firms, but at high value local rates. Mike strives to insure that Caywood Propane customers, like his law clients, can obtain large, national company service at consistently lower value prices with a family-owned touch.
Mike is active in civic and community affairs. He currently serves on the City of Sturgis Planning Commission, as a board member of the West Michigan Broncos Youth Travel Baseball Club, and as county coordinator for the University of Michigan Alumni Student Recruitment Program. He has previously served as president of the Sturgis Kiwanis Club, president of the St. Joseph County Bar Association, director for the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Sturgis Soccer Club, and was a founding member of the Open Door Community Art Gallery in Sturgis. Mike has served as a coach for several years in travel soccer, youth basketball, and travel baseball for teams with his daughter or son as participants.
Mike lives in Sturgis with his wife, daughter and son.