Alabama Academy of Honor


T. Michael Goodrich

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 2007.



T. Michael Goodrich is the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of BE&K, Inc., providing engineering, construction, and maintenance services throughout the world. BE&K was recognized by author Robert Levering and by Fortune magazine as "One of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America."

Thomas Michael Goodrich was born in Milan, Tennessee, and moved to Birmingham in 1948. He graduated from Indian Springs School, earned a civil engineering degree from Tulane University, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and as Alabama Chief Justice Howell Heflin's first law clerk and later his administrative assistant.

Goodrich began his career at BE&K in 1972 as legal counsel. His responsibility grew along with the company, and he became vice president and general counsel. In 1989, he was named president, in 1995, CEO, and in 2003, chairman. BE&K companies have built such diverse projects as Fulton County Stadium, Ericsson Stadium, Discovery Cove for Sea World, NASCAR Hall of Fame, and numerous industrial and telecommunications projects. In addition to work in the United States, BE&K operates an industrial construction company in Poland and Russia and a biotech-engineering firm in Helsinki, Finland.

Goodrich has served as board member and officer with numerous industry and civic organizations, including Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama; Birmingham Construction Industry Authority; Construction Industry Institute; National Building Museum; Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; Lakeshore Hospital; Leadership Council, University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of Alabama Health System; Eisenhower Exchange Fellow; Board of Governors of Indian Springs School; Leadership Alabama; Leadership Birmingham; South Highland Presbyterian Church; and state and national Boy Scouts of America. His awards and honors include the NOVA Award from the Construction Innovation Forum; the Excellence in Construction Cornerstone Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors; the President's Medal from UAB; and the Silver Antelope and Distinguished Eagle Scout awards from the Boys Scouts of America. He was inducted into the National Academy of Construction in 2002 and the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2004.

Mike and Gillian Goodrich have four children and two grandchildren.