Behind the Wheel

Meet Mike, Dallas Dad and Uber Partner

unnamed 2Mike, Dallas Dad and dedicated Uber driver partner has been providing rides around Dallas for a little over a year. We know many of our partners come from unique backgrounds and drive for different reasons. We wanted to catch up with him to see how it was going, and we were thrilled to hear about Mike’s success moving people around Dallas.

Mike, an adopted Dallasite, graduated from SMU in the 1980s (Pony Up!) and began his 30-year-long career in sales. Unfortunately, in 2014, Mike’s life took a pivotal turn when he was laid off from his long-time job. Mike knew he had to act quick, and Uber was the perfect in-between job, because it provided a flexible economic opportunity that allowed him to provide for his daughter (who is headed off to college soon) while simultaneously search for a new job.

One year and over 4,000 rides later, Mike still enjoys interacting with people from all over and has even had a few reconnections from his childhood. Most notably, he has realized that this flexibility is hard to match.

“The flexibility is the best part of it.  I can take off to have lunch or dinner with my daughter when I want to.  Go to school events.  Go to doctors appointments.  I don’t miss anything significant in her life because of work now.”

We asked Mike to share a bit of advice he has for fellow fathers and potential Uber partners, and he replied, “Be a dad. Don’t let the pressures of life take that from you or your child/children. Uber gives a driver the flexibility to do just that.”

When Mike isn’t behind the wheel, you can catch him cheering on the cowboys (and he’s even had the privilege of driving a former player!) or watching a movie with his daughter. He is trying to get as much hang-time with his daughter before she starts college in the fall. Please join the Uber DFW team in thanking Mike for his five-star service!

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