Michael began his construction career in 1971 with H.L. Lazar, Inc. (later to become NICO Industries), a New York based general contracting firm which specialized in construction management and tenant improvements. From 1971 to 1976, Michael held a variety of positions including Estimator, Superintendent, and Billing Department Manager. In 1976, he transferred to the Dallas, southwest regional office as Operations Manager with responsibilities for operations in Atlanta and Houston. Moving to San Francisco in 1977, Michael replaced the retiring Chief Estimator/Operations Manager.
In 1981, Michael joined Rockefeller Center Construction Company as Chief Estimator. In 1983, he joined Swinerton & Walberg, with the purpose of developing the firm’s tenant improvement division. Michael and his team were responsible for the initial tenant construction at 101 California Street that included over 700,000 square feet of Class A, downtown San Francisco office space, having a value (in 1982 dollars) exceeding $30 million.
In 1983, Michael had the opportunity to join Apersey Construction, a young and rapidly growing company; initially with the primary responsibility for tenant improvement projects, he advanced to Division Manager, then Vice President, and Senior Vice President. In 1988, Michael was promoted to President/COO. Apersey’s projects ranged in size from a few hundred dollars to over $32 million.
In 1995 with the retirement of Apersey’s owner and the closure of the firm, Michael formed Cannon Constructors, Inc. Northern California Division with three partners. By 2000 Cannon’s Northern California office yearly volume was in excess of $99 million for a diverse portfolio of work in hospitality, tenant improvement, retail, structural renovation, and multi-family housing for clients including The Rosenberg Company, Reliance Development, Holliday Development and Del Monte Foods, Trinity Properties and others. Michael has been directly involved in the negotiation, execution, and completion of well in excess of nine million square feet of office space, computer facilities, bank branches, retail and restaurants, as well as over 1,500 residential units. Michael is licensed as a General Contractor in the State of California, License No. 652778 and is a company Principal.