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Mike Woolston was born in Miami, OK and moved to Joplin MO at the age of 10.

After graduation from Parkwood High School, Mike worked for several years before pursuing a college education at Missouri Southern State University. Graduating in December 1979 with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Business Administration, Mike was employed locally until October 1981 when he accepted a commission in the U. S. Marine Corps.

His military service gave Mike the opportunity to live near Washington DC, Jacksonville NC, San Diego CA, Okinawa Japan and Seoul South Korea.

Continuing a long association with the transportation industry, Mike left the military in 1985 to work for Roadway Express near San Diego CA. In 1988, Mike returned to Joplin. Thereupon he completed the requirements necessary for a real estate broker’s license and has been engaged in the real estate business since that time.

He is the managing broker/owner with New Horizons Realty and has further served the community as a member of the Joplin City Council since April, 2002.

Mike served as mayor during and after the EF-5 tornado that devastated Joplin on May 22, 2011. Alongside other key community leaders, Mike played a vital role in helping guide the community toward the positive path of recovery that has now been recognized nationally as the new standard for disaster recovery.

Mike continues his forward looking perspective as rebuilding projects are proposed and advanced toward completion, with the understanding that Joplin has a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform its self into a vibrant and thriving community.

Mike has also served the community through his involvement and volunteerism with Joplin Daybreak Rotary, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, Harry S Truman Coordinating Council, Exchange Club of Joplin, Homebuilders’ Association of Southwest Missouri, American Cancer Society, United Way of Southwest Missouri, Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Community Blood Center of the Ozarks and the Joplin public school’s Bright Futures program.

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