Mike is known as a dynamic and progressive business and community leader who has guided Blach Construction through three decades of sustained growth and achievement. He also sits on several boards, both industry and charity-related, including many of Silicon Valley's most visible organizations. As a result, in 2016, he was named one of Silicon Valley's 'Power Executives' by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and just one year later, The Silicon Valley Organization named him the '2017 Businessman of the Year.' Also in 2017, he was inducted into the Bellarmine College Preparatory 'Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame' for his contributions to local business and the community.
For the past 30 years, Mike has practiced a highly collaborative, servant-leader style of leadership that has inspired his colleagues to rally around his vision of being the quality and customer service leader in the industry. By creating a culture that honors the firm's core values of its employees and its relationships, Blach consistently attracts and retains top-notch professionals who continue to exceed the expectations of a discerning customer base.
Under Mike's tenure, FORTUNE magazine has ranked Blach as one of the top 100 Great Places to Work in the U.S. in the medium-size category (100-1,000 employees) - twice - and among the top 30. Moreover, Blach Construction has been the highest consistently ranked contractor in both national and regional surveys.
With Mike's focus of building a company that excels in every facet of its operation, the company also has been recognized with both statewide and national awards in the areas of safety, project innovation, green building, IT innovation, community involvement and philanthropy.
Mike also has led many industry groups; he currently serves as vice president of the Associated General Contractors of California, the state's largest construction industry trade association, and is expected to be named its president in 2020. Additionally, he is a board member and executive committee member of Raffles Insurance, Ltd, one of the country's largest group captive insurance companies.
Beyond his industry leadership, Mike is firmly committed to the community. He is currently on the Board of Regents at Santa Clara University and the board of directors of KQED, one of the nation's largest public media companies. And over the past 20 years, he has served as board president and board member of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Sacred Heart Community Service and the Rotary Club of San Jose. He was a trustee of the Silicon Valley Children's Fund for many years as well.
In recognition of his philanthropic leadership, the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented Mike with the 2017 'Glenn George Heart of Philanthropy' award and Recovery Cafe San Jose named him its '2017 Bridge Builder.' Additionally, he was granted the 'Distinguished Citizen Award' by the Santa Clara Council of the Boy Scouts and he received the 'George Burdick Award' from the Mission City Community Fund.
Mike began his career at Blach Construction when he was a teenager, working as an apprentice carpenter, job clerk and expediter during summers and school vacations. While attending college, he worked part-time in the office as a junior estimator/project manager. After earning his MBA, Mike returned to Blach as an estimator/project manager and was actively involved on a wide variety of successful projects, from large distribution buildings to class 10 cleanrooms. His experience paved the way for his ascent to president & CEO, a role he assumed in 1989 when his father unexpectedly passed away.
A native of Santa Clara Valley, Mike graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory, earned a B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations from Santa Clara University and a MBA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.