Michael Pierle has been the project executive for projects that, in all, have a construction value of more than $1 billion. Whether he is working on a new facility, a renovation, or an expansion of existing buildings, Michael’s mantra, and that of his company, is “It’s about the people.” Throughout his life, people have made the difference, especially his family. He also has counted on team members in high school sports, professors at Purdue University, co-workers, and clients at his business.
The single biggest event that paved the way for his success could cause others to admit defeat: After two years at Purdue, Michael was struggling academically. Life lessons learned during that time helped him reapply himself to his studies in his new academic home, The College of Technology. His professors influenced him to be the best in his business. “The hands-on education provided by the BCM staff made learning fun, exciting, pragmatic, and realistic,” he says.
Throughout his career, he has been honored by Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Associated Builders and Contractors (national and state), and the Associated General Contractors of America Carolinas Chapter.
As he continues to find success in his chosen field, Michael aspires to be his own boss one day, leading a “people-oriented, profitable business.”
Michael and his wife, Shannon, reside in Waxhaw, North Carolina, with their three children.
This was originally written for the Distinguished Technology Alumni Awards in 2007.