Mike Widhalm is the General Manager at Nielsen Metal Manufacturing, a social enterprise of Emerge that provides high-quality custom metal fabrication services to a wide variety of industries. In that role, Mike manages the day-to-day operations and helps the larger organization develop training and apprentice opportunities that assist our participants in developing skills that lead to careers capable of supporting families. Mike is the former owner of a metal fabrication business that employed 30 people. There he developed his craft and business management skills. After selling his business, Mike made a career change and worked for 10 years with Volunteers of America where he worked as a counselor with at-risk-youth providing a variety of services and supports. Outside of EMERGE, Mike is also a certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning.