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Mike Rotch

What is your current role?

Performance Improvement Manager

Why did you decide to be on the WICS advisory council?
After spending some time working with some of the women that we have in the company on the kick-off initiative for women in construction, I began to realize the importance of the imitative and it's effective implementation. Staying involved by joining the advisory council was the next step that I felt like I could take and hopefully make a difference.

I believe that this initiative is not only the right thing for our company and culture, but also is  a real necessity in order to be competitive and effective in the marketplace. I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of this council and look forward to helping Limbach continue to show that "We Care" 

What is the biggest change you would like to see come out of the WICS effort/initiative?
I'd love to see our culture improve to the point where all of our employees feel a level of equality where we can stop using qualifiers about performance, personality and position.  No, "...for a girl". No, "...but I get it, construction is a male-driven industry so I just have to let things go sometimes". No whispers of, "I wonder how she got that position..." Just a place where everyone can feel secure in themselves and confident in their skills knowing that there are no different expectations or opportunities for any employee.

What would you tell someone if they were interested in supporting this effort? How can they help?
"Be the change you want to see in the world" - Ghandi

No, but seriously...Ask questions. Talk to the women around you, you may be surprised to hear some of the things they have to say about their experiences. Speak up when something doesn't seem right and open up your mind to the idea that someone else's experiences will have shaped their worldview and perceptions differently than our own and just because I don't understand it doesn't make it invalid 

What's your favorite part of your job?
I love trying to find answers to problems and working to make things better. There's something about the sensation of "breakthrough" that is so satisfying to me and when it helps the business and serves a real meaningful purpose...even better!

What advice would you give someone starting out in this industry?
Don't be afraid to ask questions and work hard at whatever you're involved with.

What is the biggest change you have seen in the construction industry since you started?
I've only been in the industry for a few years so it's hard for me to have much perspective away from the current environment. What I have seen in my time in the industry is a shift towards more technology in the process. There have been some pretty remarkable tools developed in recent years that seem like they're really gaining traction in the industry

Who inspires you and why?
I'm inspired by everyone who lives their life as well as they can and stays true to themselves. It's so easy to fall into the "shape" that's expected and ignore what makes them truly satisfied. When I see people who live their lives in that way inspire me to be better and try to remember that there's more and better life to live.

What’s the best career advice you ever received?
Try new things and take advantage of new opportunities - even if they don't work out you've at least learned something that you don't want to do and are one step closer to the thing you really do want.

What (work related thing) keeps you up at night? to take things from thoughts to actions and how to keep traction on the action items once I've started. I almost never stop thinking - ideas and thoughts swirling and running through my mind - and it eats me up inside when I have a thought or idea and don't see them through

What would surprise us about you?
I collect art maybe? Everywhere I travel I make sure to pick up some piece of original artwork/handcraft/etc. I am one of seven children and have lived in ten states