Mike Bifulco

Company: Aquent Gymnasium
Position: Director of Technology Push the Pace, Founder
Age: 29

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Shelton, CT

HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?

Since 2009, about 6.5 years

TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?

I’m a software designer, developer, and entrepreneur living in 3rd ward. In addition to my work life, I’m a musician, and am active in Charlotte’s cycling community.

DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORIAL MOMENT?

In 2013, I rode my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles with 3000 others to raise money for HIV and AIDS related charities. I’ll never forget the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and gratitude I had riding into Los Angeles on the last day of our ride. It was an amazing, humbling experience - absolutely life-changing.

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY?

I recently got involved with Sustain Charlotte’s Bicycle program. I’m excited to have the opportunity to make improvements in Charlotte’s ever growing community of cyclists, and make an impact on how cycling is treated both as a sport and a means of transportation in our city and state.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?

I play guitar and sing in Citizen Swing, a local band. I’m also into Cycling, and I practice hot yoga regularly.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?

“Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?

In 5 years, I’ll be wherever opportunity takes me. Hopefully with the occasional nap thrown in.

CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?

I’d like to spend at least a few weeks doing an unsupported bicycle tour. Nothing but me, my bike, my gear, and maybe a few friends - going wherever the road leads.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?

Literally right now - I’m writing this in Paris, France. Before this, the last time I left the country was in February, when I visited Bali and Vietnam.

WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

Well, actually one time I -- wait... I see what you did there. Some secrets are best kept to myself.

WHO IS YOUR HERO?

I’ve got lots of heros, I think. I appreciate anyone whose actions are genuinely motivated by a desire to make the world around them better, at any scope or size.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

“So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed”, by Jon Ronson.

WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?

Deadpool

WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?

Lake Street Dive