Michael (Mike) Kubiniec, a native of Buffalo, New York, graduated from the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following nuclear propulsion and basic submarine training, he reported to USS Haddo (SSN 604) where he earned his submarine warfare and nuclear engineer qualifications and deployed to the western Pacific.
Mike left active duty in 1995 and continued his service in the Navy Reserve.
He was selected to command four Reserve units. His command tours included the mission areas of telecommunications and information technology, undersea warfare, submarine rescue and the defense of South Korea. In 2013, Mike retired as a Navy Captain after more than 30 years of service in a ceremony held at the Naval Academy.
In his professional civilian career, Mike worked for two high-technology companies: semiconductor manufacturing capital equipment and fiber optic cabling and hardware systems, while leading business organizations in the areas of manufacturing project management, product line management, global manufacturing operations, product engineering, quality and reliability, new product introduction and brand experience program management.
His community service activities include: Mike served as founder and president of the Almaden Winery Neighborhood Association – a non-profit neighborhood association consisting of 368 homes that were built on the land that once was the Almaden Vineyards, one of the very first vineyards in California; upon moving to North Carolina, Mike served on the Iredell County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for four years as a community representative to advise county staff on community needs regarding parks and recreation services.
Mike continues to serve the lector ministry at St. Therese Catholic Church in Mooresville, NC. Last year, Mike completed the Executive Certification in Financial Planning (CFP®) program through Duke University and passed the national CFP® exam. Mike is involved with several veterans’ organizations in the Lake Norman/Charlotte area and provides no-cost financial planning and advice services to veterans in need.
Mike is currently a candidate for the Iredell-Statesville School Board District 5 with the upcoming primary election in May and general election in November 2022. He also provides consulting services for area high technology companies.
Mike and his wife, Michele, reside in Mooresville, NC. Their daughter, Ashley, lives in Charlotte, NC, and is an Assistant Vice President, Channel Development Manager for Bank of America.