About Mike O’Krent

Mike O'Krent, founder of LifeStories Alive, LLC, specializes in making personal history videos for families that value their heritage. They create family heirlooms in video – digitally mastered records of life stories with personal accounts, photos and mementos of family history.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and graduating from Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Marketing and Management (and a minor in History), he entered his family’s retail floor covering business as the 4th generation in that business.

Between 1996 and 2000 Mike interviewed Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.

During that incredible experience, he discovered the process and the importance of recording the life stories of our loved ones. Mike moved to Austin in 1998 when he bought and managed a local floor covering business; then sold it in 2004. He finally found his passion in business when he started LifeStories Alive.

Mike is married to his soulmate, Linda and has two children; Jason – age 25 and Alyssa – age 22 and two stepchildren; Brock – age 25 and Grant – age 22.


“Just a note to tell you how fabulous the tape is!!!! We stayed up until almost l:00 the evening Jim sent them, and we both are so pleased. You captured us just like we are--and I am sure our children and grandchildren will be so pleased to have this...”
- Norma E.


Feature Article in The Jewish Outlook


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