SAN JOSE, CALIF (November 14, 2017) –Blach Construction today announced that its board of directors has appointed Daniel L. Rogers as president of the Company. Rogers will succeed Michael J. Blach, who will maintain an active role as chairman of the board.
Rogers, 48, has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the past nine years. During his tenure, Blach Construction has grown more than 150%, has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of top 30 best places to work in the U.S. (and the highest rated general contractor in the country) and has won numerous industry awards for outstanding projects. Rogers also has played a key role in developing many unique and innovative customer solutions, such as Folia, the Company’s state-of-the-art, pre-engineered education facility.
The first non-Blach-family member to lead the 47-year-old building contractor, Rogers takes over the helm from Mike Blach, 55, who has led the Company for the past 28 years. As chairman of the board, Blach will continue to be highly involved in the firm, focusing on strategic issues and advocating for the construction industry through his leadership role in the Associated General Contractors of California. He also will remain engaged in the community through his volunteer work with a number of charitable and public-service organizations.
Blach noted that Rogers’ succession culminates a leadership succession plan that they developed many years ago.
“This is an historic milestone for our Company,” commented Blach. “Dan is a dynamic leader – he’s strategic, insightful, customer-focused and a talented team builder. He’s also a man of integrity and action. I’m thrilled that he’s accepted this appointment, and I look forward to building on our thriving partnership. With Dan taking over fully the day-to-day operations, I have no doubt the Company will achieve new heights.”
“The last 16 years have been extremely gratifying, both professionally and personally,” stated Rogers. “My positions at Blach have afforded me invaluable experience and countless opportunities – the partnerships I’ve established along the way are priceless.” He continued, “I am honored to have been appointed president and look forward to continue working closely with Mike to lead our team on a path of strategic, profitable growth that expands our business, services and markets.”
A savvy leader whose skills have been recognized throughout Silicon Valley, Rogers was recently honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in its inaugural C-Suite Awards as “COO of the Year.” In 2007 the same publication named him one of the Bay Area’s “40 Under 40” leaders. Rogers also provides leadership to the Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley, where he currently serves as vice-chair of its board of directors, and the Air Systems Foundation. Rogers also has served on the board of directors of the Central YMCA in San Jose.
Rogers, a construction management graduate from CSU Chico, has spent his entire career in the construction industry, starting with Summerhill Homes and then at Stanford University. He has spent the past 16 years with Blach Construction in a number of management roles. Additionally, he has been a board member and shareholder in the Company for many years.