In his leadership role with Blach, Mike is known as a dynamic and progressive leader who has guided the company through a 20+ year period of sustained growth and achievement.
Mike grew up in the construction industry, working for Blach in the field as a carpenter’s helper, clerk and expediter during summers and school vacations. While attending Santa Clara University, Mike worked part-time in the office as a junior estimator/project manager. When Mike returned to Blach after earning his MBA, he served as the estimator/project manager on a wide variety of successful projects, from large distribution buildings to class 10 cleanrooms. With his father’s unexpected passing in 1989, Mike was asked to take over the helm of the company at the age of 26.
For the past 25+ years, Mike has practiced a highly collaborative and consensus-building style of leadership that has inspired his colleagues to rally around his vision of being the customer service leader in the industry. By creating an environment that honors the firm’s core values of excellence in customer service, integrity, teamwork and innovation, the company consistently attracts and retains top-notch talent and exceeds the expectations of a discerning customer base.
Under Mike’s tenure, Blach has been ranked #1 in the “Best Places to Work” competition in the greater Bay Area, won the AGC of CA Safety Award of Excellence (the top industry award for the best overall safety program), two Constructor awards (the industry’s equivalent to the Oscars), a BITS and a CETI award for IT innovation and the George Burdick Award for community involvement and philanthropy, among many others.
Mike also led his company in the early adoption of sustainable design and building, and in fact was one of the first general contractors to join the U.S. Green Building Council. A leader in the construction industry, Mike has served as chairman of the statewide Associated General Contractor’s Building Division. In the past he has served as the board chairman of the Santa Clara District of AGC, the chairman of AGC’s statewide PAC and as chairman of the state Awards Committee. He also has served for more than a decade as a member of the state board of directors for AGC.
In addition to his industry involvement, Mike is a community leader, volunteering as a board member, trustee and/or officer of many charities and non-profits, including Sacred Heart Community Service, Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, Catholic Charities and Santa Clara University. In 2011, the Santa Clara County Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored Mike with its Distinguished Citizen Award for his philanthropic work and contribution to the communities of Santa Clara County. He is active as a knight in the Order of Malta and in 2012, Mike was elected as president of the Rotary Club of San Jose, where he has been a member since 1999.