The Early Years
I was born at Great Lakes Naval Training Station in North Chicago, Illinois. I am the oldest of six kids (five younger sisters). My dad was a career military man and we grew up on Air Force bases. He retired in the Chicago suburbs when I was in high school and I graduated from Mundelein High School, north of Chicago.
A Successful Career
I earned a BS degree from the University of Illinois in Radio and TV with a minor in journalism. I moved to Los Angeles right out of school to explore the film and TV industry, became a film editor and returned to the Midwest after a few years to work in local TV. I was a TV news reporter and PM Magazine co-host in several markets in Illinois and Iowa.
My company, the Hamilton County Media Group now publishes the Hamilton County Business Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine of local business news and features that is distributed to members of the four Hamilton County Chambers of Commerce. We also publish the annual Hamilton County Community Guide that is distributed to local hotels, visitors centers, libraries, REALTORS, and dozens of other locations where people seek out information about the county.
Family Is Everything
I met my wife Joni while working in Davenport, Iowa and we decided to move to New England together, where we married and started a family in New Hampshire. The day my oldest son was born I switched media and professions, from TV news to newspaper ad sales, and worked my way into newspaper management. Joni and I have five kids and two cats. (From left, above) Alex has PhD in violin performance and conducts college and community orchestras in Minnesota. Mike Jr. graduated from Ball State with a degree in Actuarial Science and works for a Carmel insurance company. Ethan earned an actuarial science degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville and works at Allison Transmission in Speedway. Joni is a REALTOR with FC Tucker. Brenna owns an accounting business in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Aaron graduated from Purdue with an Electrical Engineering degree and works at Ingersoll Rand in Nashville, TN. My dad died a few years ago. My mom now lives in Colorado.
The Road To Noblesville
Once our kids were born we wanted to be closer to our families so we moved back to the Midwest. I managed the ad departments of newspapers in Winona, Minnesota, then St. Cloud, Minnesota. I earned an MBA taking night classes at St. Cloud State University. In 2005, we moved to Noblesville to publish the Noblesville Daily Times. That newspaper closed when the recession hit in in 2008 but one of our strategies while I was there was to launch magazines to diversify the revenue stream. While the newspaper was sold to a new owner, I took over two of those magazines and have built them into a successful media company over the past ten years.
Working For Change
– Noblesville Preservation Alliance
– Promising Futures
– Noblesville Midday Rotary Club
– Noblesville Main Street
– Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND)
– Hamilton County Community Foundation (Formerly Legacy Fund)
– Chamber of Commerce
– Save the Nickel Plate Committee
– Southwest Quad Action Team
– Noblesville Arts Council
– Culture and Heritage Task Force of the White River Vision Plan
– Graduate of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy
A Pillar Of The Community
Mike was selected as one of United Way‘s 100 heroes.
“I believe in working to develop strong neighborhoods, with resilient and thriving locally-owned businesses, quality housing stock, a variety of transportation options, engaging nonprofits and interesting cultural variety,” Corbett said. And, while many may share those beliefs, few devote themselves so passionately to bringing those beliefs to fruition for the benefit of all. Read More