Behind the Scenes at Valley® is a series showcasing the people behind the pivots.
Mike Styles came to Valley® Irrigation as a temporary employee and planned to work here until more construction work became available in the area. He says he quickly realized Valley was a great place to work and decided he wanted to stay. He’s been here four years.
“I am a CNC operator in the Irrigation machining department,” Mike said. “The machining department is a fantastic department to work in. Every day is different as we work on hundreds of different parts that go into our irrigation equipment.”
Mike is also a member of the Valley Wellness Champions, which helps educate and motivate Valley employees to live healthier lifestyles. The team promotes and implements wellness initiatives that encourage colleagues to participate in wellness programs.
“I have not always been active and physically fit, but now that I am, I understand the increase in quality of life, both physically and mentally, that comes with it,” he said. “Being a Wellness Champion gives me an opportunity to help my coworkers make positive choices and help them experience the same increase in quality of life that I enjoy.”
As a young boy in elementary school in Omaha, Mike recalls seeing a photo in his science book of perfectly round sections of irrigated vegetation surrounded by Middle Eastern desert sand.
“I was fascinated by this! I would never have dreamed that one day I would be contributing to this very same thing. I am very proud of the fact that we are helping to feed an ever-growing world population while also preserving fresh water resources.”
When he’s not working, Mike’s favorite physical activity is running. One way that he stays motivated is by always being entered in a future race, sometimes several months in advance. He and his family also enjoy traveling, hiking and camping.Read previous Behind the Scenes profiles:
- Osvaldo Gerlach Sobrinho
- Joan Swahn
- Russ DeLong
- Darrel Adcock
- Rudie Nemec
- Joe Plance
- Ben Soliev
- Shirley Simons
- Mike Husen