Mike Bender is Founder and Director of Velocity Solutions. In 1995, he co-founded the company, then known as Image Products, along with his wife Bridget. Mike maintains an active role in the day-to-day operations of the company, specializing in the development of new solutions.
In 1999, Mike proposed the idea of a turnkey exercise incentive program to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Today, that program is viewed as the industry standard and used by insurance companies in 20 states. In 2001, Mike decided to re-apply this strategy to the financial industry and what has evolved into Velocity Solutions was born.
Prior to starting this company, Mike directed the product development, in-house manufacturing, distribution, company store development, and catalog production for the logo programs of Piper Aircraft, Cessna Aircraft, Piedmont Airlines and numerous other smaller companies.
Mike attended UNC Chapel Hill. He and Bridget have one son and live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mike is both an aviation and boating enthusiast, loves a good casino, and has no patience for golf.