President of the Belle Plaine Historical Society, Mitch was born and raised in Belle Plaine. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa (1985 BA Global Studies/Political Science). He is currently Vice President of Global Sales for Irontite Products in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mitch’s family owned a car dealership in Belle Plaine from 1909 until 1959. His great grandfather Lew Malcolm had the first car business in Belle Plaine which was situated on the Lincoln Highway until 1937.

He enjoys delving into the history of Belle Plaine and spent a year putting together a DVD for the town’s Sesquicentennial celebration in 2012. He currently lives in Belle Plaine and is active in volunteer work at the Belle Plaine Area Museum, on the boards of the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway and the Preston Station Historic District.