Mike Azarela

What is the most exciting thing about working in this business? What is your professional passion?
I have always enjoyed the changing landscape of construction. No two projects are alike, clients are different, project conditions are different and the economic conditions are always changing. It’s an industry that is never boring. It’s also a good fit for me because I’m entrepreneurial and I’m always trying to find new ways to create value for the company.  

What do you love to do when you aren’t at work? 
I’m an avid fan of my kids and their sports endeavors.  All three of my kids are competitive lacrosse players, so over the years we have traveled to tournaments up and down the East Coast. I rarely miss a game.

What is your personal passion and why?
I am a very competitive person, so I get my competitive juices flowing on the golf course. There is a group of guys that I play with and we track our win/loss record, which makes for great fun and banter in the days leading up to a match.

What is your favorite quote?
"If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it."

Who was your mentor/biggest influence and what did they teach you?
My Dad. He stressed the importance of being a leader, working hard and getting a good education, and that if you do all of those things, good things will happen. He was right!