About Michael Lee Steenbergen
Michael Steenbergen was born in Springfield, Missouri
in 1956. At the age of ten
his family moved to the Kansas City area
At age twelve Steenbergen moved to San Antonio, Texas and two
years later he moved to McAllen, Texas where he completed high school, graduating with
honors and two full academic scholarships to Texas colleges.
The scholarships were based on his high GPA and public speaking
including 4 years on the debate team.
He selected the scholarship to the University of Texas
where he completed 90 hours towards a government degree before he moved
to Arkansas where he joined his family in opening Spring
as a ¼ stock holder and partner.
In 1980, Michael Steenbergen moved back
to Texas and continued selling products for the
family business until 1983 when his family invested in a new business
franchise venture called Fantastic Sam’s.
Starting with the purchase of three store outlets in
Texas, Steenbergen and his family expanded to
12 outlets and two cities (6 stores in Austin
and 6 stores in San Antonio.)
Michael became the regional manager of the business and developed
extensive business skills over the almost ten years he ran the stores.
Steenbergen handled everything from designing advertising
campaigns to running construction crews for the finish out of new lease
locations. He wrote a
detailed employment manual based on Texas employment law which was upheld through
dozens of State administrative decisions over the years.
He also handled employee relations, training, payroll, and tax
preparations. During the
expansion of this business, Steenbergen and his family became an
company called Shears Plus.
When the matriarch of his family sold
the family business, Steenbergen turned his interests toward computers
and became a Microsoft Certified Professional in internet development.
He established a personal business called Web-a-dex Internet
Services where he continued to use his management skills as he offered
web site building and internet ranking services.
He moved to Lago Vista, Texas where he continued as a web site
When the family purchased CJ’s Gifts in Marble Falls Texas
in 2006, Steenbergen moved to the area where he managed the business and
still continued with web development contracts.
He expanded the gift shop into the t-shirt business using graphic
skills he learned in web site construction.
While he was operating the business they landed several large
clients including HEB in
Falls and Huber
In 2010, Michael Steenbergen used all
of his life skills and became a political consultant.
Since that time he has worked with campaigns and political
groups, including elections ranging from Lieutenant Governor to several U.S.
Congressional elections. His last
major political project was the campaign of Dr. Marco Montoya for United
States Congress in 2014 where he served as a key staff member.
Michael now works part time for Advantage Sales and Marketing,
and continues with his political consulting.
He is currently running for City Council in Granite Shoals,
He has served as both an Election Judge
and Election Clerk for
Burnet County in the 2010 and 2012 election
cycles respectively. He
performed these duties at the Granite Shoals Fire Station in Precinct
18. From 2010 to 2014
Steenbergen served as a Deputy Voter Registrar for
1974 Austin Texas
1980 Austin Texas
2004 Lago Vista
2005 Granite Shoals
2009 Granite Shoals
Pershing Elementary in
Apache Elementary in
Overland Park, Kansas
Garner Junior High in
of Texas at
New Horizons in
Advantage Sales and Marketing
High School - Graduated w
of Texas - Completed
90 hours towards Government Degree
1978 Joined Family Business