Mike Pierce, better known as Antarctic Mike, works with organizations that want to find, engage and keep the best performing people. Mike’s background professionally started in the recruiting business in 1997, working specifically to show managers and leaders exactly how to identify and recruit the best people. He now speaks across the US and Canada to executive teams, organizations, associations and sales teams about how to lead people so they are fully engaged in what they do.
Mike is an avid fan of polar expedition history and is an endurance athlete. In 2006, Mike became one of 9 people to run the first ever Antarctic Ice Marathon and a year later became the first American to run the Antarctic 100k, a grueling 62 miles on an ice shelf 600 miles from the South Pole.
His flagship program, Leading at 90 Below Zero, connects the drivers and principles of Antarctic expedition history stories to the real world of finding, engaging and keeping great people in today’s business world.
Mike has a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and resides in Encinitas, California with his wife Angela.
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In January 2006, Mike became one of nine people to have run a marathon on the Antarctic continent. Eleven months later he returned to Antarctica to become the first American to complete the Antarctic Ultra Marathon, a grueling 100 kilometers (62.1 miles). Since then Mike has completed many other winter marathons in the coldest and harshest climates on earth. His stories have been featured in Sports Illustrated and on CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, ESPN, and many other national and international media outlets.