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


A company full of corporate leaders

August 31, 2019
It used to be quite worrisome thinking about how my five-person Executive Committee was going to successfully develop and execute a new Strategic Plan every three years. Making ourselves the center of all these initiatives would prove troublesome. Read More

Back in school …

October 23, 2018
Each fall when my kids go back to school, I find myself traveling back in time to reminisce about when I started high school, as my daughter Faith did this year. Read More

Finding a fresh and smart perspective for your company

February 19, 2018
Are there any other business owners out there with a New Year’s resolution in place for their company? I know I have not always been as successful as I would have liked with my personal resolutions in the past, mostly because I did not tell anyone and only had myself to hold me accountable! Read More

A summer celebration of safety

June 27, 2017
Our construction firm had an opportunity earlier this summer to celebrate a significant milestone in our company's history: We achieved 3,653 consecutive days without a lost-time accident on a job site. Yes, that’s 10 years (including leap days)! Read More

Will they survive without me?

May 24, 2017
There are times in our lives we can't seem to see that we need to take a formal break from our work lives. We think we are somehow indispensable, and the show can't go on without us (or at least not nearly as smoothly)! Read More

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