Mike Gress is running to represent Upper Providence District 5 on Township Council. Born and raised in Delaware County, Mike and his wife, Jacquie, and their two young children have resided in Upper Providence since 2016. They consider Rose Tree Park and Ridley Creek State Park extensions of their backyard, to be enjoyed and protected. Mike and his wife plan to enroll their children in local public schools when they reach school age. They want their children to look back on their childhood knowing they could not have had a better hometown.
Mike is a graduate of Springfield High School. He continued his education at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, studying graphic design, and at Delaware County Community College, studying psychology and education.
Through his volunteer commitments as a Big Brother and helping out at the Media Food Bank, Mike continues to give of himself to improve the lives of those in his community.
Mike Gress has 20 years of business experience in the HVAC industry, including positions in sales, management, and customer relations. He started out sweeping floors at his uncle's company during summer breaks in college. He managed a custom sheet metal design and fabrication shop; ran a warehouse providing supplies and logistics for 15 crews each day; was branch manager for two different HVAC supply houses; and facilitated outside sales for two of the largest HVAC equipment manufacturers in the US. He is currently the Technical Sales Support Specialist for Southeastern PA at the largest HVAC equipment and parts supplier in the U.S. With each employment experience, Mike found mentors and worked to improve his skills.
Mike believes we all have shared experiences that far outweigh politics. His varied experiences will allow him to connect with all groups, from blue collar workers, who are often underrepresented in politics, to business owners and professionals.
Mike's goal is to improve cohesiveness within the Upper Providence community through a respectful discussion of issues and a meaningful outreach to constituents across ideological lines. His focus on Township Council would be public safety, environmental sustainability, equity and inclusion, and physical and mental health during the COVIC-19 pandemic. Once pandemic restrictions ease, Mike hopes to bring Upper Providence residents together through volunteer opportunities and service.