Mike Novakoski

Mike Novakoski

Mike Novakoski joined Elzinga & Volkers, E&V, in 1988 as a project coordinator — and has learned the business through multiple positions he has held, including estimator, project manager, VP of project management, VP of operations and, now, the CEO. In his role at E&V, Mike is responsible for promoting its vision, establishment and execution of strategic objectives, new-market development and building and maintaining a team and culture that can achieve company objectives. Follow E&V on Facebook and Twitter


You're not the boss of me!

March 8, 2017
Over the years, I have had times when I questioned the titles chosen to label people in specific roles. Read More

Inspiration from 964 miles away

November 30, 2016
On a recent business trip to Mobile, Alabama, I dined with some associates at a restaurant named Wintzell’s Oyster House. Read More

Capacity vs. greed and fear

August 24, 2016
Each week, I speak with fellow business owners who say the same thing: “We cannot find good help!” Read More

The best-laid plans

June 23, 2016
Our business continues to evolve in ways we hadn't planned. As smart as we think we are and as much as we believe we're in control of our destiny, far too often the market has other plans for us. Read More

Are you as good as you think you are?

February 24, 2016
My eyes were opened eight years ago when we first entered West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition. Initially, we entered the contest only because our competition, and other companies with which we were doing business, were doing it. Read More

What is your company’s place in history?

December 29, 2015
Over the years I have met dozens of fellow company owners who are at the helm of companies with more than 50 years in business. Read More

'Trade' contractor vs. 'sub'-contractor

April 30, 2015
Are we really respecting our peers in how we’ve always referred to them? Read More

Communicate your professional dreams — they may come true

December 31, 2014
How do you convey your big plans for the future to those who will ultimately help turn your vision into reality? Read More

How do you view temporary help?

October 23, 2014
How much respect do we give those who come into our companies to assist for short periods of time throughout the year? Read More

How do you treat your employees?

April 24, 2014
Abuse is all around us. We’ve abused our environment in countless ways for decades. We abuse our bodies each day with poor food choices, lack of exercise and substances that harm, instead of help. However, I believe the worst abuse occurs between people. Read More