Press Release: 10.30.2020

Mike Gonzalez Awarded 2020 Design Build Institute of America Distinguished Leadership Award

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McCarthy is pleased to announce that Mike Gonzalez, vice president with the McCarthy Southwest Region’s education building group, has been awarded a 2020 Distinguished Leadership Award by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). He was being honored during the virtual 2020 Design-Build Conference and Expo on Oct. 30.  

Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is a membership organization founded to advocate and advance single-source project delivery within the design and construction community. The DBIA Distinguished Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the advancement of effective design-build practices and in the promotion of design-build as a project delivery method of choice.

“Mike has a very entrepreneurial leadership style, blended with a strong technical background,” said Justin Kelton, president of the McCarthy Southwest Region. “He is an outstanding mentor committed to the next generation of industry professionals, and he is passionate about the design-build process and its numerous benefits for all team members.”

Gonzalez has nearly three decades of construction experience managing design-build, design-assist and traditional construction projects servicing multiple industries, including life science, infrastructure, manufacturing, industrial, power, hospitality, healthcare, high technology and higher education. He has guided more than $805 million in design-build projects to date.

Under Gonzalez’s leadership as chair of the Arizona chapter of DBIA (a role that he assumed in January 2019), the chapter has: 

  • Developed an active core group with cross-discipline representation that includes owners, design professionals, contractors, and trade partners
  • Rekindled the connection to students with stimulating programs; all three state universities have an active and recognized student chapter
  • Challenged the education curriculum ensuring it is relevant and adds value
  • Achieved 2020 certification attendance that was the largest ever held in Arizona
  • Proceeded to start a Young Professional chapter and explore an Owner’s Council

Gonzalez earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Arizona State University. He retired as a colonel in the United States Army after 30 years of service where he served honorably in both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

He holds key positions on numerous external boards and associations, including the Industry Executive Committee for the ASU Del E. Webb School of Construction, chair of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Arizona Chapter, board member of DBIA Western Pacific Region, Proposal Review committee member for the Society of College and University Planning, and board member of the Maricopa Community College Foundation.

In addition, Gonzalez holds LEED accreditation from the United States Green Building Council and certification as a DBIA Designated Design-Build Professional™ from the Design-Build Institute of America.

About McCarthy

McCarthy is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 9th largest domestic builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2020) and is ranked as a top 15 design-build firm (ENR’s 2020 Top 100 Design-Build Firms list). With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.


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