Mike grew up in Santa Clara where he and his three siblings were active at St. Lawrence and St. Justin’s school and parish. He attended Bellarmine College Prep and studied at Santa Clara, where he earned his B.S. degree in Political Science. Trying to cut down his long distance commute to see his future wife Margie in San Luis Obispo, Mike moved to SLO, where he worked at Bank of America and earned his MBA degree at Cal Poly.
He returned to his father’s construction business in 1988 after graduating from Cal Poly, and learned six months later that his father was diagnosed with a terminal cancer that would ultimately take him five months later. At age 26, Mike took over the helm of his dad’s business, and since 1989 has practiced a highly collaborative and progressive style of leadership that has propelled Blach Construction on a path of consistent growth, profitability and market leadership.
Under Mike’s tenure, Blach has been ranked as one of top 50 Great Places to Work (#30) in the U.S. by Fortune magazine (October 2016), and has achieved the #1 spot in the “Best Places to Work” competition in the greater Bay Area. His company also has been ranked among the top corporate philanthropists in Silicon Valley for many years and has won the George Burdick Award, a major Silicon Valley recognition for community involvement and philanthropy. Blach’s firm also has won numerous industry awards for safety, sustainability, innovation, community service and project performance.
Mike also has been involved in many industry leadership positions, including chairman of the statewide AGC of California’s Building Division. He currently is one of four executive officers of AGCC and is slated to be the association’s statewide president in 2020.
Mike’s community involvement has included serving as board president at Sacred Heart Community Service, the Rotary Club of San Jose and most recently Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. He also has served 12 years on the Diocese of San Jose Finance Council and as a trustee of Silicon Valley Children’s Fund. He currently also serves on the board of regents at Santa Clara University and on the board of directors at KQED, the nation’s largest public media organization. Mike also is an active member of the Order of Malta. Mike also is a co-founder and officer of two charitable foundations.
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. Last month Bellarmine inducted Mike into its Hall of Fame under the ‘Business’ category for his example of living the school’s motto of ‘being men for and with others.’
Mike and his wife Margie live in Willow Glen and have four children who are all in their 20s. Margie & Mike are parishioners at St. Christopher Church, where both of them serve as lay ministers; they find special joy in serving as eucharistic ministers to the sick.
When not working, volunteering or being with his family, Mike and Margie love to play golf and have been able to travel to and play many of the world’s best golf courses. They are very excited about a family vacation to Ireland this summer.