Mike Frericks attended Wayne State University where he played baseball for the Warriors. Going through two shoulder surgeries to retain his position as a pitcher taught him a lot about perseverance in the face of challenges, successfully retaining his scholarship and working towards an MBA. He played international baseball in Canada, but after facing a third shoulder injury, he decided it was time to hang up his pitching glove.
Before starting Summit, Frericks worked his way up through the ranks of a small sales and marketing firm thanks to his relentless work ethic. Reflecting on this journey, he shared his favorite quote by Mark Cuban, “Work like there is someone working 24 hours to take it all away from you.”
Frericks’ leadership abilities were cultivated starting from a young age on the baseball field. He shared, “One thing I always took pride in with baseball was that I was always team captain. I think my success in business is partly because I’ve always taken on a captain role, communicating between coaches and players, employees and management.”
We asked Frericks to shed some light on the key differences, in his view, between successful and unsuccessful people. His answer was as follows:
“Belief. If people really believe in their big goals, they’re going to be successful. Success boils down to your perspective.”
Next, we wanted to hear his best advice for new employees of Summit, and he told us the following: “You don’t have to do it alone. The leaders around you have been in your shoes and know what you’re going through. Pick people’s brains and learn as much as you can.” Great advice!
So, what drives Frericks on a day to day basis? “When I wake up, I think about the new guys, what can I teach the new team members to help them in the future. If you take care of the newest person in the room, everything else will fall into place.” On a larger scale, for Frericks, it’s about changing people’s lives. “I want to make people’s days better. Whether I speak to them for a minute or whether I know them for the rest of their lives.”