Q&A with Mike Fitzpatrick

When He’s Not Tinkering with His 1966 Mustang Coup, He’s Boating With His Family

by Melissa LaScaleia

Introduce me to your family.

It’s my wife Taylor and I, and we have a little boy named Oliver Reeves, who was born six weeks ago.

Where are all the places you came from? Where do you live now?

I was born in Indianapolis but grew up here as a child. Taylor is from Myrtle Beach, born and raised. We live in the Belle Mer community now.

Why did you move to Myrtle Beach?

My dad originally moved our whole family here for a job opportunity when I was five years old, and six months later, both of my parents lost their jobs and became entrepreneurs.

Do you have a favorite place in Myrtle Beach?

On the waterway on my boat.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Myrtle Beach?

The lifestyle, being able to be at the beach in five minutes, or out on the water in five minutes. There are so many things to do—the lifestyle of all the restaurants. I would never leave.

What are your favorite activities to do here?

I have a 1966 Mustang Coup that I like to tinker around with in the garage. Hanging out with my son. I’m a workaholic too. Five years ago, I started my own mortgage branch at the age of 21, and I currently have five employees and we’re growing.

Do you find people friendlier or more at ease?

We definitely have a city of people who want to be here and are happy to be here. You go to bigger cities where the lifestyle is work all the time and no one is happy to be alive. People in Myrtle Beach are here for a purpose a lot of times.

Is there anything that you miss or would like to see in Myrtle Beach?

More industry and more tech jobs. I think we could be the tech capital of the East Coast if we really put our minds to it.

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