Michael Baker International’s Chairman’s Award, our Company’s highest honor, was established in 2018 to recognize employees who exemplify our Wolf Pack philosophy—that we are stronger together—and who have made exemplary contributions to our Company.
Each of the winners is a stellar member of our Wolf Pack and an example of what we mean when we talk about Michael Baker’s standard of excellence. Congratulations to this year's winners!
Steve joined our company in 2017 as the first Michael Baker employee in Michigan. Since then, he has successfully built our business in the state and has grown the office to 30 employees. Steve used his professional network as well as the broader Michael Baker network to demonstrate our expertise to find work and establish the company with clients, particularly the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). He also leveraged his role as president of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)-Michigan to represent Michael Baker with public sector clients and consultants to build client and teaming relationships. This strategy enabled him to sell our expertise, make new connections and secure work that allowed him to grow the office in just a few years. Steve empowers his team to take ownership of their work and demonstrate accountability in order to deepen client relationships and grow professionally. He is committed to establishing an office culture that promotes an exceptional employee experience, investing time in getting to know his team and encouraging them to voice their opinions and ideas.
Steve successfully partnered with other Michael Baker offices to develop workshare arrangements that enabled him to establish his team and deliver projects in Michigan. He used his keen eye for talent to identify leaders within his growing organization to help manage projects and staffing. He also embraced implementation of the Michael Baker Way standards within his growing organization to manage projects proactively and successfully.
He was the principal on the I-69 Design-Build project win, in which he initiated the project, led the teaming and commitment discussions with the contractor, and identified the Michael Baker supporting staff for the pursuit. Steve played a vital role in securing other significant projects as well, including the MDOT I-94 Conrail Bridges Replacement, the M-14 Corridor Reconstruction and the I-696 3D Bridge Design Contract.
Steve represents the positive side of taking risks for growth, and his office-building success can serve as a blueprint for others.
Dale personifies workshare in action and he continues to expand the scope of that distribution to other offices and colleagues in GIS, Water, Planning and Environment.
Clients view Aaron as Michael Baker’s ambassador for the Bridge practice in the Great Lakes Region. He is held in the highest regard because of his knowledge, high standards and focus on excellence.
Joe has the unique ability to connect with his team on many levels – artistic, practical and pragmatic – to inspire them to consistently deliver quality work.
Lydia is collaborative and recognized as a professional who knows her industry, which is the result of years of experience serving SEPTA and the members of the community.
Randy is the strategist behind the Salt Lake City and Denver Architecture team’s year-over-year growth trajectory, which can be attributed to his exceptional operational skills and willingness to jump in and embrace the multiple challenges involved in growing a group quickly, transparently, collaboratively and strategically.