Paving the Way for Success

As active, engaged company and community leaders, we take a hands-on, consensus-building approach to ensure every Blach undertaking and every Blach employee is successful. We work closely together to build things we can all be proud of — our projects, our communities and our company culture.

Mike Blach

Chairman

Dan Rogers

President

Laura Bold

Vice President, Finance

Kim Scott

Vice President, Business Development and Marketing

Keith Craw

Vice President, Operations

Mike Grzanowski

Vice President, Preconstruction

Tierney Azzopardi

Director of Human Resources

John Mathias

General Superintendent

Katie Ellington

Project Manager

Mike Blach
Chairman

Mike has led Blach Construction since 1989, taking over the helm of the business at 26 upon the untimely passing of his father and founder, Michael S. Blach.  During Mike’s tenure, Blach has grown tremendously and is an established leader in the California construction industry.

As chairman, Mike provides strategic guidance to the firm. He enjoys mentoring younger team members and representing Blach in several industry, philanthropic and civic organizations, always promoting the Company’s positive values and culture.

Mike started at Blach as a teenager in 1979, first working five summers in the field, and then through college as a project engineer/manager and estimator.   After earning his MBA, he returned to Blach full-time as an estimator/project manager where he led numerous successful projects until he took over management of the Company.

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Mike Blach
Education
  • M.B.A., Management – Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • B.S., Political Science – International Relations, Santa Clara University
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Mike Blach
Affiliations
  • Immediate Past President, Executive Committee Member Associated General Contractors of California
  • Board Member and Co-Hospitaller Order of Malta (Western Association)
  • Board Member and Chairman of Building Task Force KQED, Inc.
  • Membership Development Chairman, Executive Committee Member and Board Member Raffles Insurance, Ltd.
  • Past President and former Board Member, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Rotary Club of San Jose and Sacred Heart Community Service, San Jose
  • Former Member, Bishop’s Finance Council Diocese of San Jose
  • Former Regent, Santa Clara University
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Mike Blach
Awards
  • Community Service Award, 2019, Peninsula College Fund
  • Businessman of the Year, 2017, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Alumni Hall of Fame, 2017, Bellarmine College Preparatory
  • Glenn George “Heart of Philanthropy” Award, 2017, Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Bridge Builder Award, 2017, Recovery Café San Jose
  • Distinguished Citizen Award, 2011, Santa Clara Council of the Boy Scouts of America
  • George Burdick Award, 2010, Mission City Community Fund
Dan Rogers
President

Dan joined Blach in 2001 and by the time he became President in 2017, he had made tremendous strides in developing the firm’s operations infrastructure and service offerings. Under his leadership, Blach expanded into new markets and geographical areas and has been recognized consistently as a Top Contractor by Engineering News Record (ENR) of California and a Best Place to Work by Blach employees, as reported in the Silicon Valley Business Journal. These awards are on top of several notable project and safety awards from the likes of the Associated General Contractors, ENR and the Silicon Valley Business Journal, to name a few.

Combining his thorough command of construction with an unprecedented degree of foresight, Dan is committed ensuring Blach employees have the support they need to enjoy success and expand their expertise while finding new and innovative ways to provide greater value to clients.  He is a highly engaged, strategic and decisive leader who was aptly named one of Silicon Valley’s “40 under 40” in 2007 and subsequently “COO of the Year” in 2017.

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Dan Rogers
Education
  • B.S., Construction Management
California State University, Chico
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Dan Rogers
Affiliations
  • Associated General Contractors (AGC) Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC)
  • Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) Central YMCA Board
  • Air Systems Foundation Board Vice President, Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley
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Dan Rogers
Awards
  • 40 Under 40, 2007, Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • COO of the Year, 2017, Silicon Valley Business Journal
Laura Bold
Vice President, Finance

Laura began her career at an oil and gas investment firm and transitioned into the construction industry when she joined Blach in 1996. Displaying unparalleled management skills, she worked her way from staff accountant to her current role as vice president, finance where she oversees accounting, finance and risk management. Over the years, she has made several significant contributions to the firm, including initiating and overseeing the upgrade to Blach’s accounting and forecasting systems and processes to more accurately report and record backlog. Laura’s meticulous accounting and finance expertise has enabled Blach to expand, creatively financing project operations via company profitability, without incurring any debt.

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Laura Bold
Education
  • B.S., Accounting Santa Clara University
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Affiliations
  • Construction Financial Management Association
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Laura Bold
Awards
  • Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN), 2005, YWCA of Santa Clara Valley
Kim Scott
Vice President, Business Development and Marketing

Kim joined Blach in 2004 as a project engineer. Strong client relations skills coupled with her keen business sense and strategic understanding of construction led to her move into business development, where she was instrumental in spearheading Blach’s successful education market and business development efforts for all K-12 and higher education pursuits. Her intense focus on client service, combined with her industry credibility, make her naturally suited for her current position as vice president, business development & marketing. In addition to managing cross-functional teams and working closely with operations and preconstruction to strategically approach each project, Kim also stays abreast of current legislation pertaining to public construction and delivery methods.

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Kim Scott
Education
  • B.S., Civil Engineering
  • University of California, Berkeley
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Affiliations
  • Member, Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH)
  • Member, Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC)
  • Board Member, California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Northern Section
  • Editorial Board Member, School Construction News
  • Board Member, Stellar Academy for Dyslexics
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Awards
  • Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN), 2017, YWCA of Santa Clara Valley
  • 40 Under 40, 2019, Silicon Valley Business Journal
Keith Craw
Vice President, Operations

Keith began his career in construction working for a custom home builder in California’s Central Valley. Since joining Blach in 2006, he has made significant contributions to the operations team, working his way up from project manager to project executive and currently, as vice president, operations. In this role, Keith is immersed in strategic planning and staffing for all projects, staying closely aligned with Blach’s field operations teams to ensure optimal results – for clients, partners and our project teams. His strong leadership abilities and client relationships add immense value to every Blach project.

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Keith Craw
Education
  • B.A., Architectural History, Brown University
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Affiliations
  • Member, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Board President, Central YMCA San Jose
  • Member, Brown University Alumni Schools Committee (BASC)
  • Graduate, Leadership San Jose Class of 2018
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Keith Craw
Awards
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • Distinguished Volunteer Fundraiser, 2017, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Silicon Valley Chapter
Mike Grzanowski
Vice President, Preconstruction

Mike Grzanowski joined Blach Construction in 2009 and, after managing several of Blach’s largest and most complex projects, has assumed his current role in overseeing Blach’s comprehensive preconstruction efforts. His direct responsibilities include managing all project and pre-development estimating, in-house MEP expertise & coordination, virtual design & construction implementation, overall design management and trade contractor prequalification. Additionally, he and his team are intricately involved in Blach project pursuits, initially developing preliminary pricing and ultimately, upon project award, finalizing project budget allocation prior to the execution of work.

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Mike Grzanowski
Education
  • B.S., Real Estate and Construction Management University of Denver
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  • Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • Safety Trained Supervisor (STS)
Tierney Azzopardi
Director of Human Resources

As director of human resources, Tierney’s top priority is to ensure Blach upholds its supportive, positive and equitable work environment for all employees. She works closely with Blach Leadership and her HR co-lead to maintain the highest standards of inclusion and employee satisfaction. Her expert employee relations skills have been invaluable to Blach’s continued growth over the past decade.

Tierney is directly responsible for talent acquisition, organizational development and training, overseeing Blach’s robust recruiting and internship programs and professional development initiatives, including Blach University, Blach Bootcamp and Beyond Bootcamp.

A champion for all employees, she consistently provides the resources, guidance and support necessary for them to perform at the highest level and enjoy a balanced quality of life.

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Tierney Azzopardi
Education
  • B.S., Psychology and Communication, Santa Clara University
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Affiliations
  • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)
  • Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP)
  • Volunteer, Peninsula College Fund
  • Volunteer Sacred Heart Community Service
  • Mentor, Eastside College Preparatory High School
John Mathias
General Superintendent

John Mathias brings more than 45 years of experience to Blach Construction. As General Superintendent and member of the Blach Leadership Team, he oversees all of Blach’s craft workers, carpenters and superintendents. He is a natural leader and mentor, who takes pride in developing Blach field construction operations. With a thoughtful, hands-on approach, he visits jobsites often to confer and collaborate with project teams, ensuring they have the tools, training and resources to deliver the quality projects for which Blach is known.

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John Mathias
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  • Safety Trained Supervisor (STS)
Katie Ellington
Project Manager

Katie first joined Blach Construction in 2014 as part of the Preconstruction Team and quickly transitioned into field operations as project engineer. After earning her MBA, she returned to Blach as Program Director for Folia, our innovative prefabrication solution. Always looking for new ways to improve efficiency and drive client value, Katie has made tremendous impact at Blach and has been instrumental in building our Folia business. Her detailed organizational skills and ability to drive a cohesive team of individuals with diverse expertise, combined with savvy client relations, initiative and financial prowess have proven invaluable to the firm and our continued expansion.

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Katie Ellington
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  • B.A., International Studies, magna cum laude Boston College M.B.A., with honors Emphasis in General Management & Real Estate The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
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Affiliations
  • Member, Associated General Contractors of California Member, Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) Member, California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) Member, Alumni Associations, Boston College & The Wharton School
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Katie Ellington
Awards
  • Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Emerging Leader, 2020, YWCA of Santa Clara Valley
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Transparency

“Our leadership is very transparent and supportive. They make it a priority to keep employees informed and encourage balance. They take great care of us.”

Andrea Tucker

Project Coordinator
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Inclusive Culture

“Blach Leadership goes out of their way to get to know everyone on a very personal level. They’re open-minded and inclusive and let us know we all have a place and a voice here.”

Meghan Johnson

Director of HR
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Supportive Leaders

“There is a very clear “Open Door Policy” at Blach and it starts at the top. Everyone is very helpful, at every level and in every department.”

Justin Despotakis

Project Manager
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