Michael D. Bolen

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, McCarthy Building Companies

MICHAEL D. BOLEN CHAIRMAN/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER MCCARTHY BUILDING COMPANIES, INC. With more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry, McCarthy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Bolen is responsible for the interface of the firm’s corporate office with its operating businesses around the United States; for developing and nurturing client relationships; and for directing strategic planning efforts. 

Bolen is the first non-family member to lead McCarthy in these roles since the firm was founded in 1864. Bolen joined McCarthy in 1978 as a carpenter in the firm’s Phoenix office and later held several positions including project superintendent and project manager. In 1985, he relocated to California to serve as vice president of operations and subsequently, senior vice president of construction services for the Pacific Division. In June 1987, Bolen became the division president, transforming a start-up operation into one of largest general contractors in California. Before becoming CEO in 1999, he served as president of the Pacific Region, overseeing McCarthy’s western operating divisions. With the buyout of the McCarthy family in 2002, Bolen became Chairman of the Board of the now 100% employee owned company.

Bolen earned a bachelor of science in general engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and completed his graduate degree in guidance and counseling at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, while on active duty. Bolen is active in community affairs, Board Chair of Sage Hill School and Chairman of the American Heart Association Annual Orange County Heart Walk