T. Michael Goodrich
Groundbreaking Leadership in Construction
Inducted in 2004
Mike Goodrich has been with BE&K throughout his professional career. During his thirty-plus years with the company, Mr. Goodrich has left his imprint on the company employees, its projects, and the communities where BE&K has worked. In each instance, Mr. Goodrich has left them the better for his involvement. Starting with BE&K in 1972 as the company’s legal counsel and assistant secretary, Mr. Goodrich became president in 1989, CEO in 1995, and chairman in 2003.
Thanks to Mr. Goodrich’s vision, BE&K has grown into an international design and construction powerhouse. In an effort to diversify BE&K Engineering and BE&K Construction, subsidiary companies were added to the BE&K family of companies over the past several years. BE&K’s family of companies now includes Suitt Construction Company, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina; NorthStar Communications Group in Birmingham, Alabama; SW&B Construction Corporation in Auburn, Maine; F. N. Thompson in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Terranext in Denver, Colorado. These companies have built such diverse projects as Fulton County Stadium, Ericsson Stadium, Discovery Cove for Sea World, and numerous pharmaceutical and telecommunications projects. In addition to work in the United States, BE&K operates a major industrial construction company in Poland and a biotech-engineering firm in Helsinki, Finland.
Also a leader in the engineering and construction industry, Mr. Goodrich has made many contributions including his efforts to develop the Associated Builders and Contractors, and his services as a member of the Construction Industry Institute Board of Advisors, a director of the Construction Industry Round Table, and a trustee of the National Building Museum.
Mr. Goodrich has not limited his talents and efforts to industry. Echoing a guiding principle of BE&K, Mr. Goodrich has been dedicated to his community. Mr. Goodrich has served as a member of the City Council of Mountain Brook, and as a director of the UAB Health System and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The Boy Scouts of America recognized Mr. Goodrich’s multitude of contributions by awarding him the Silver Antelope Award in 2003.
Mr. Goodrich’s firm belief in the importance of education led him to dedicate his talents to the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships, the Board of Governors for Indian Springs School, the President’s Council for The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the President’s Cabinet for The University of Alabama.
Under Mr. Goodrich’s leadership, BE&K has developed pathways for minorities and women in all aspects of the engineering and construction industry—ranging from BE&K’s own minority-student internships to its construction camp for young women and the BE&K School of Industrial Construction, designed to teach high-school students construction skills; from the “If I Had a Hammer” program co-sponsored with the YWCA to its award-winning child care facility, BEKare. Because of these programs and others, BE&K has been recognized as one of the best places to work by Fortune and Working Mother magazines.
Following high school at Indian Springs School, Mr. Goodrich earned a degree in civil engineering from Tulane University and a law degree from The University of Alabama in 1971. Upon graduation from law school, he entered the U.S. Army and was discharged with the rank of captain.
Mr. Goodrich and his wife, Gillian, have four children and one grandchild.