Meet Mike McCalister

Mike McCalister is running for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Mike Mccalister Florida Commissioner of Agriculture campaign
Mike is committed to protecting Florida’s Families’ Food, Water, Freedom and Animals.

Mike McCalister is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, businessman, university instructor and father.

  • Member of the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association
  • Member of the National Rifle Association
  • Member of the Military Officers Association of America
  • Member of the American Legion

Colonel Mike McCalister served honorably in the Army Reserves, Army National Guard and on Active Duty for a total of 33 years; he retired in 2005. (See “Red Buttons” below for additional information.) He is a licensed and degreed Agriculture professional and owner-operator of a small tree farm.

Colonel McCalister was a university instructor in accredited MBA and DBA programs, teaching working professionals about today’s extremely competitive global economy in areas of Operations Management, Strategy & Policy, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Thinking.

He was the custodial parent of a son from the age of four through college; both Colonel McCalister and his son are Eagle Scouts and earned the God & Country Award. Additionally, Colonel McCalister is a recipient of the Valley Forge Cross for Heroism.

Colonel Mike McCalister’s education includes: a B.S. in Science with a major in Agriculture and a minor in Earth Science from Southeast Missouri State University and a Ph.D. in Management from The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio; he is a graduate of The Command and General Staff College, and completed both the U.S. Army War College Defense Strategy and the The Air War College Curriculums. Additionally, he has completed the prestigious Harvard University Program on Senior Executive Leadership.