Cushman & Wakefield, Salt Lake City, UT
U.S. Marine Corps
Dates Deployed: Active Service April 1971-March 1974;
Reserve Service August 1974-May 1998
- Platoon Commander, 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, First Battalion 9th Marines, Vietnam
- S-2 (Staff Officer, Intelligence) First Battalion 9th Marines, Vietnam
- Executive Office, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion 8th Marines, Camp Lejeune North Carolina
- Company Commander, Kilo Company 3rd Battalion 8th Marines, Camp Lejeune
- S-3A (Operations officer) 3rd Battalion 8th Marines
- Various posts through the Reserve Component
During his career, the U.S. Marine Corp recognized Lt. Colonel Mike Farmer for his leadership, service
and valor with the Vietnam Campaign Medal
PERSIST, NEVER QUIT AND ALWAYS DO AS WELL AS YOU CAN
“Esprit de Corps” is the undercurrent of my personal life and all my dealings at Cushman & Wakefield. I cultivated and refined this while in the Marine Corps. When you’re in the military, you’re in a closed community. Everyone and everything is tied to the base, so you develop a brotherhood and family atmosphere of relying on one another and always having your fellow Marine’s back. We were all essentially volunteers because in the Marines there really wasn’t a draft – it was a two-year commitment and very few were drafted. Those who were serving in Vietnam wanted to be there. We were pulling in the same direction, aspiring to the same goals and that brotherhood can’t be broken. It is respected and recognized as something you don’t mess with.
The skills I learned in the Marine Corps are with me every day personally and professionally, and they were committed to training us to be the very, very best at what we do – experts. When you’re doing the best you can, you’re also unselfish about that. For me, it’s easy to represent a client and put them first. You’re never first in the military, and whomever I’m taking care of now, it is not a fiduciary relationship – it is about putting my client first.
I’m happy to see such worldwide recognition of veterans, as it wasn’t always that way. At the end of the day, we’re part of a large brotherhood that proudly served our country, and to see that respected and recognized worldwide is very special.