Press Kit


A resource for television and radio producers or other media representatives desiring to interview Mike Summey or Roger Dawson.

Hot Segment Ideas

  • Do you want to go through life paying bills and barely getting by, or do you want to let your investments do all the work for you? Let Mike Summey teach your audience how to go from “consumer” to “investor” by putting them in the “Weekend Millionaire Mindset”!
  • (For Fridays) The weekend is here, so how would you like to spend it by starting down the path toward absolute financial security? Mike Summey’s “Weekend Millionaire Mindset” will show you how!
  • Mike Summey is living proof that anything is possible. Let him discuss his “Weekend Millionaire Mindset” that took him from rags to riches!
  • Becoming a millionaire isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible — no matter who you are or what your financial situation! Let Mike Summey put your audience in the “Weekend Millionaire Mindset”!

Return to top

Press Release


Learn the Amazingly Simple Secrets That Enable Ordinary People to Achieve Extraordinary Success
Mike Summey and Roger Dawson

–Albert Lowry, Ph.D. New York Times best selling author How You Can Become Financially Independent by Investing in Real Estate

“Mike and Roger have written a great work on how to harness the power we have all had bestowed upon us. This book will make you think about your potential and cause you to take immediate action on strategies that work.” –Don Hutson, CEO, U.S. Learning, Inc. and author of The Sale

“If you take financial advice, take it from people who have wealth. When you heed the wisdom of Mike Summey and Roger Dawson, weekends and weekdays will become the same — holidays. Take their advice to the bank!” –Jeffrey Gitomer, author of The Sales Bible and The Little Red Book of Selling

Are you happy with your job, earnings, and lifestyle? Or are you working 40 hours a week 50 weeks a year for 40 years, hoping Social Security will provide for your retirement? If that’s the case, you need to change the way you think.

In their runaway bestseller The Weekend Millionaire’s Secrets to Investing in Real Estate, Mike Summey and Roger Dawson gave readers a blueprint for making a killing in real estate in their spare time. Now, in Weekend Millionaire Mindset (McGraw-Hill; May; Original Paperback: $18.95), Summey and Dawson take readers on a journey through the minds and hearts of people who helped them become super successful entrepreneurs. They reveal how they learned life lessons from personal experiences and show ordinary people how to use their experiences to change how they think and act in ways that will make them winners in the game of life and help them reach their dreams of financial freedom. It leads readers through a proven step by step course of action they can take to develop the mindset required to be successful at whatever they choose. It also shows them how they can learn how to actually think and perform like millionaires.

Weekend Millionaire Mindset combines powerful life lessons with fascinating anecdotes taken from Summey and Dawson’s own lives and the lives of other millionaire entrepreneurs. It arms readers with practical advice and guidance on how to:

  • Evaluate and redirect your life in order to become wealthy and achieve financial independence
  • Set goals, create plans, and then actually make them become reality
  • Generate a steady and growing stream of extra income without having to sacrifice the security of your day job
  • Identify and break bad money habits and get out of debt
  • Use your time wisely–and profitably
  • Take smarter risks by making informed decisions
  • Make credit work for you, not against you
  • Make the right decisions when faced with challenging learning experiences
  • Realize dreams through patience, practice, and persistence
  • Use your personal life experiences to customize your own Weekend Millionaire Mindset

All successful people have defining moments that change their lives forever, say the authors, who both started out with nothing and amassed fortunes by using the strategies outlined in the book. In his early twenties, Mike Summey was a self-employed sign painter who started investing with just $600. By age 28 his net worth topped $1,000,000 and he easily met his goal of retiring by age 50. Today his real estate holdings bring in a passive income in excess of $100,000 monthly, and he did it without partners or investors. There’s no magic involved; no gimmicks, no special training or anything else that ordinary people don’t already have. It doesn’t happen overnight, but Summey is living proof that having a plan and long-term perspective as he defines in the book, makes it is possible realize your dreams, whatever they are.

Roger Dawson has an equally fascinating story. Born in England, he quit school at age 16 and moved to America with only $200 in his pocket. Thirteen years later, he was climbing the corporate ladder of a large conglomerate and struggling to support his family. Each time he was transferred to a new city, he bought a new house, kept his previous one and rented it. Eventually, he realized he was earning more from his rental properties than his job, so he went into real estate investment full time and built a portfolio of properties worth several million dollars. In the process he acquired the negotiating skills that have made him one of the country’s top business negotiating experts.

Weekend Millionaire Mindset offers easily accessible concepts to help readers stay focused on building wealth. It incorporates the life lessons that the Weekend Millionaires used to achieve their financial freedom.

Return to top

About the Authors

Mike Summey, “The Weekend Millionaire,” retired at age 50 with a passive income in excess of $1 million a year from his investment properties. Today he teaches thousands of people across the country how he used his Weekend Millionaire Mindset to do it.

Roger Dawson is the founder of the Power Negotiating Institute and has been a full time speaker and consultant since 1982. He was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame in 1991. He was formerly the president of one of California’s largest real estate sales companies, with 28 offices and 540 sales agents.


To schedule an interview with Mike Summey or Roger Dawson, please contact:

Lydia Rinaldi, Publicist
McGraw-Hill Publishing
2 Penn Plaza, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10121

or contact Mike Summey or Roger Dawson directly at:

or fill out our convenient online interview request form by clicking on the button below:

Return to top

Story Ideas


The rags to riches life of Mike Summey, author of WEEKEND MILLIONAIRE MINDSET

In WEEKEND MILLIONAIRE MINDSET, the new book by Mike Summey and Roger Dawson, Summey recalls a number of his own inspiring stories of growing up in a broken home, suddenly being on his own at 17, overcoming hardships and facing ‘do or die’ situations that gave him the encouragement he needed to move from ordinary to extraordinary. Each story in the book is filled with practical easy to follow tips for ordinary, hard-working Americans who dream of having a secure retirement and leaving a healthy financial legacy.

But the proof is in the pictures. Here are images of the home where Mike lived when he set the goal to become a millionaire and his current palatial estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

Where Mike Started

Mike’s Current Home


Tips to buying a house, saving for tuition & building a retirement fund from WEEKEND MILLIONAIRE MINDSET, by Mike Summey & Roger Dawson

In their runaway bestseller The Weekend Millionaire’s Secrets to Investing in Real Estate, Mike Summey and Roger Dawson gave readers a blueprint for making a killing in real estate. Now, in Weekend Millionaire Mindset (McGraw-Hill; May; Original Paperback: $18.95), Summey and Dawson guide readers step by step to establish and secure financial stability. Here are four quick and easy ways to start down the road to financial success.

Know Where Your Money Goes

  • Analyze where every single penny goes

  • Turn unnecessary expenses into cash reserves or “working capital“

  • Always work with the “Three D’s”: Discipline, Dedication & Desire

Develop a Pattern of Investing

  • Saving a little bit regularly is a key to building investment funds – using the change saved from your pockets or purse to buy savings bonds today can lead to investment properties that see six-figure returns later

  • Anticipate & save for expenditures such as college, tuition or automobiles

  • Consistently save, either by purchasing life insurance, savings bonds or other investments

  • Invest in rental properties to multiply the effect of saving

Develop a Personal Budget and Track Your Money

  • Plan for purchases in advance to avoid accumulating consumer debt

  • Prepare a flexible budget that will accommodate every item you spend

  • Set-up an account for long-term savings

MOST IMPORTANTLY — Think Like an Investor, Not Like a Consumer!

  • Don’t spend so much on consumer items that your liabilities are more than your assets.

  • NEVER think, “What does it cost?” or “How Do I make payments for what I want?”

  • ALWAYS think, “How can I make money from this?” and ”“What will be my return on this investment?”


Inspiration from WEEKEND MILLIONAIRE MINDSET by Mike Summey & Roger Dawson

Developing a Weekend Millionaire Mindset and becoming a Weekend Millionaire is not an event, but rather a course of action. You must learn from day-to-day events and use common sense to build your futures. As Mike Summey endeavored on his rags-to-riches journey, from earning his first bicycle to learning to fly airplanes, building a business to becoming a millionaire, he understood that “you can’t arrive unless you take the journey.”

Here are some simple motivational tips for your audience as they embark on their journeys:

Everyone isn’t equal, but opportunities are

Life isn’t always fair, bad things do happen to good people. Don’t just complain — do something about it.

It takes planning and determination to be successful

Determination is what keeps you going as obstacles get in the way.

Ideas must be implemented to be valuable

The age at which you first started earning money outside your family is a good indication of your degree of personal initiative

People help those willing to help themselves

The more responsibility you demonstrate, the more opportunities you will be given

Patience and persistence are unstoppable

Practice improves performance, even if you are simply digging dirt. Tasks that may otherwise seem daunting become doable when broken down into small pieces – just think one shovelful at a time.

Growing requires stretching & getting out of your comfort zone

Whether it’s starting a new business or meeting a biological parent for the first time, big leaps of faith are necessary for professional and personal growth.

You’re rewarded for performance, not promises

Losers always move in the direction of doing nothing; winners move in the direction of doing something – and making it work.

Learning is an everyday task

Daily reading on a variety of subjects will not only expand your knowledge, but it will have an amazing impact on your life

Seek positive advice when setting life goals

Surround yourself with inspirational people, and try to limit contact with those who spend their time griping & complaining.

Return to top

Author Bios

About Mike Summey

Mike Summey

Mike Summey is an entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word. From a humble upbringing in the poverty-stricken coalfields of Southern West Virginia, he struck out to make his fortune at the tender age of 15. With little education and no money, he stumbled his way through several menial jobs ranging from carpenter work to factory jobs and even door-to-door encyclopedia sales. In 1967, at age 21, after being laid off from his factory job and given $300 in severance pay; he paused to contemplate his future.

After considerable thought, he wrote down a simple sentence that he carried in his wallet for the next 30 years. The sentence read, “I will become a millionaire by age 30 and retire by age 50.” What followed was like a fairy tale and speaks volumes about the power of having goals.

When he compared the meager wages he made working for someone else to the lofty goals he had set for himself, he knew he would have to change careers to have any hope of achieving them. The shock of losing his job, made him determined not to ever be at the mercy of an employer again. He invested the $300 severance pay in an old van and started a small sign shop that he eventually built into a billboard company with offices in two states. Among his many accomplishments in the outdoor advertising field, he invented and patented the single pole construction used throughout the world today and designed the first fully integrated computer software for the industry. However, it was advice from his accountant in the late 1970s, that started him down the path that led to his writing The Weekend Millionaire’s Secrets to Investing In Real Estate.

His accountant advised him to start diversifying his investments and recommended real estate. This all sounded good, except for the fact that it took all the money he could scrape together to keep his capital-intensive business growing and there was simply no surplus money left to invest. Aside from the money problem, having to oversee offices in two states, made time a commodity in nearly as short a supply as money

Mike started like many new investors, spending an hour or two when he could find the time looking for properties he could buy with little or no money down and favorable financing. After several months, he found a small house that met his criteria and he purchased his first rental property. From this meager start, he went on to build a fortune in real estate using his spare time. Right on schedule with the goals he carried in his wallet, he sold his company and retired at age fifty. Today he enjoys a six figure monthly income from his real estate investments, lives in a dream home located on a beautiful gated private estate and flies his own pressurized twin-engine airplane.

He has been named to numerous Who’s Who publications including “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who in America,” “Who’s Who in America in Finance and Industry,” “Who’s Who of Leading American Executives” and many more. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and is past president and Member of the Year of NSA Carolinas.

If you ask Mike Summey what he credits for his success, he is quick to say, “It’s my education. I have PhD from the University of Hard Knocks.” His philosophy of how to become wealthy and his explanation of how to live the Lifestyle of Success are fascinating in their simplicity. He doesn’t talk a lot of theory and he won’t try to baffle you with a lot of hype and rhetoric. With his friendly down home Southern drawl, his often-humorous anecdotes and real life stories, it’s easy to see why, to paraphrase the E.F. Hutton commercial, “When Mike talks… people listen.”

About Roger Dawson

Roger Dawson

Roger Dawson was born in England and came to this country in 1962. He became a US citizen in 1972. His business background includes being president of one of California’s largest real estate companies, with 28 offices, five hundred and forty sales associates, and a volume of over $400 million dollars per year.

As a full time speaker since 1982, he has trained managers and salespeople at the top companies and business associations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Taiwan, China, New Zealand and Australia. He was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame in 1991.

Business executives love Roger Dawson for his ability to teach their people how to improve profits and make more sales with Power Negotiating tactics.

Meeting planners love Roger Dawson for his ability to put on a terrific presentation that is custom-tailored to their audiences and filled with content and humor.

Roger is the author of “Secrets of Power Negotiating” and founder of the Power Negotiating Institute. He is full time speaker and author and travels around the world giving seminars to corporations and associations.

His audio-cassette programs can teach you the business skills you need to compete and win in today’s challenging business environment. His audio program “Secrets of Power Negotiating” has sold over 460 thousand copies and is the best selling business audio cassette program ever published.

Return to top

TV Interviews

Weekend Millionaire Mindset

“Early Morning Show”, WLOS Channel 13, Asheville, NC


Watch Mike Summey on WLOS Channel 13 “Early Morning Show” with Victoria Dunkle (Asheville, NC). This video courtesy of the copyright holder. Show aired June 17, 2005.

“Noon News”, WSPA Channel 7, Spartanburg, SC


Watch Mike Summey on WSPA Channel 7 “Noon News” with Carrie Davis (Spartanburg, SC). This video courtesy of the copyright holder. Show aired June 10, 2005.

“Midday”, Channel 8, Hartford CT


Watch Mike Summey on Channel 8 “Midday” with Ted Koppy (Hartford, Connecticut). This video courtesy of the copyright holder. Show aired May, 2005.

“News At Ten”, NBC 30, Hartford, CT


Watch Mike Summey on NBC 30 “News at Ten” with Janet Peckinpaugh (Connecticut). This video courtesy of the copyright holder. Show aired May, 2005.

Weekend Millionaire’s Secrets to Investing in Real Estate

“Good Day New York”, WNYW-TV Channel 5


Watch Mike Summey on “Good Day New York” … It’s the #1 rated morning show in New York City. This video courtesy of the copyright holder, Fox Broadcasting affiliate WNYW-TV Channel 5, New York, NY. Show aired April 23, 2004.

“Good Morning Texas”, WFAA-TV Channel 8, Dallas, TX


See Mike Summey on the most watched morning show in the Lone Star state, “Good Morning Texas.” This video courtesy of the copyright holder, ABC-affiliate WFAA-TV, Channel 8, Dallas, Texas. Show aired March 4, 2004.



Watch Mike Summey on CNN in New York. This video courtesy of the copyright holder, CNN. Show aired May, 2004.

Return to top

Radio Interviews

Weekend Millionaire Mindset

The Frankie Boyer Show

This is Mike Summey’s interview on “The Frankie Boyer Show” …

To learn how you can bring the nationally syndicated Frankie Boyer Show to your market, please contact Frankie at 877-977-6100 or email her at

The Jason Steinle Show

This is Mike Summey’s interview on “The Jason Steinle Show” with Jason Steinle on KYGT-FM, Idaho Springs, CO. The show was aired 5/22 and 5/25/2005.

“Say What” with Diana Ricci, WAQY-FM

Mike Summey’s interview on “Say What!” hosted by Diana Ricci on WAQY-FM, Springfield, MA. The show was aired 5/21/2005.

Al Lee, Texas Talk Radio 990 (3)

Al Lee’s THIRD interview of Mike on Texas Talk Radio 990 (4/30/05).

Al Lee, Texas Talk Radio 990 (2)

Al Lee’s SECOND interview of Mike on Texas Talk Radio 990 (4/23/05).

Weekend Millionaire’s Secrets to Investing in Real Estate

The Michael Dresser Show

Mike Summey on the Michael Dresser show, recorded 2-25-2004.

To learn how you can bring the nationally syndicated Michael Dresser Show to your market, please contact Tracy Maddox at 1-800-829-8111 Ext. 1338 or email her at

“In Charge Radio” with Mike Chiano

Mike Schiano interviews Mike Summey on In Charge Radio, 4-21-05.

Al Lee, Texas Talk Radio 990 (1)

Al Lee interviews Mike on Texas Talk Radio 990.

“Reach For The Stars” with Lee Schwartz, WNJC

Mike was Lee Schwartz’s guest on the “Reach for the Stars Show” at 11:30 AM Eastern time on WNJC 1360 AM radio, October 9, 2004. They discussed real estating investing and wealth building. Audio courtesy WNJC.

“Dollars and Sense”, 1060 AM WBIX, Boston

Hear Mike Summey on “Dollars and Sense” — WBIX, 1060 AM in Boston. This audio courtesy of the copyright holder, WBIX. Show aired May 28, 2004.

The Joey Reynolds Show

Mike Summey on the Joey Reynolds show, recorded live in New York on 3-24-2004.

The Joey Reynolds Show (2)

Mike Summey’s SECOND appearance on the Joey Reynolds show, recorded live in New York on 4-22-2004.

Return to top