On April 26 of this year a construction industry legend in Southern California and a dear friend, Roger Michael “Mike” Roddy passed away.
At his memorial service on July 15 at Christ Cathedral Parish, I was reminded once again of the positive impact Mike had on the industry and how deeply his knowledge and ability to build and maintain powerful relationships will be missed.
Borrowing from the Memorial, “Mike spent the last 35 years of his life working in construction labor relations beginning with Kaiser Corp, then Morrison Knudsen, Washington Group International and most recently, Southern California Contractors Association. As SCCA’s Labor Director, Mike continued to work for equality and fairness that promoted diversity and growth, simply because it was the right thing to do. A strategic thinker and industry mentor, Mike was well regarded as someone who could turn an old school handshake into a lifelong relationship.”
A Man of Service
The eulogy continued “Always one to selflessly give his time and knowledge for the betterment of those in underrepresented and underserved communities, Mike served on the board and as a trustee of many associations, community organizations, and labor-management trusts including the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF); the Operating Engineers, Laborers, Teamsters, and Cement Masons trusts, as well as the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust – Southwest.”
“Witty, sarcastic, intelligent, proud, hardworking (some would say workaholic), direct, energetic, big-hearted, generous, a straight-shooter, and loyal are just some of the words used to describe Mike.”
I first met Mike soon after my arrival in California in the Fall of 2019, but it was not until the Spring of 2020, when the pandemic arrived, that we began forming a close bond and friendship. We connected dozens of times on the phone during those times and beyond, discussing industry issues, current events, and much more. I will always remember and cherish the mutual trust we had in one another, and his immense patience in sharing with me his insights and the context of the region’s construction market. Why things were the way they were, how we got there, and what he envisioned would occur in the coming years. It was a tremendous and invaluable learning experience for me, from a man who knew how to make things happen.
Mike’s loving family, his many friends and a multitude of industry partners were all there on July 15, saying goodbye, once again. I’m convinced that every person there carries with them wonderful memories of Mike as I do. Mike Roddy will be missed by us all, but he will never be forgotten.
By Ray Baca Executive Director Email: [email protected]