First a little background, I've been working in Michigan as an engineer since getting my BSME in 1998 (I graduated with my MSME in 2010). I've worked for a number of companies in a variety of industries as an engineer, but never under the direct supervision of a licensed PE since all of the work I've done has been considered under "industrial exemption".
Now however, I'm becoming less interested in simply being an employee and more interested in working for myself and being a PE would be advantageous. I'm reasonably sure I can pass the exam (with copious amounts of studying, naturally), but my concern is getting my experience verified. The PE's that I know, I've never worked with, either as a subordinate or as a peer.
Has anyone had difficulty finding enough PE's to verify their experience when getting licensed? If so, were you successful in getting your experience verified? How do you recommend finding PE's to verify engineering work experience?