Mike Meyer is a Team Leader for Continental Electrical Construction Company, a 110-year-old Chicago area contractor. He has two decades of experience in the electrical construction industry. Since joining Continental in 2013, he has been involved with projects that include commercial, manufacturing, research labs, and mission critical facilities.
Prior to his work in the electrical industry, he worked for a research and development firm focused on two-phase (liquid / vapor) cooling solutions used in supercomputer and aerospace electronic applications. Many of these novel approaches to cooling have gained acceptance and are now being deployed in data centers that are being constructed today.
Beyond 7×24 Exchange, Mike is active in several industry organizations including The Electric Roundtable, NECA (the National Electrical Contractors Association), the Electric Association of Chicago, and ELECTRI International.
ELECTRI International is dedicated to funding research for the electrical contracting industry. As a member of the Talent Initiative Committee, Mike works on the organization’s efforts to create a talent pipeline for electrical contractors seeking to hire qualified candidates to sustain and grow the next generation of the industry.
Mike holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and is currently in the Executive Management for Design and Construction program at Northwestern University.
Involvement in Mission Critical
Mike’s first exposure to mission critical facilities was working as an Assistant Project Manager to his father in a telecommunications facility in Chicago. His responsibilities included working on projects that involved moves, adds, and changes per client request. As industry standards evolved, Mike participated in QA/QC audits and remedies for deployments that were no longer in compliance.
This exposure led Mike to Continental which has been a leader in mission critical construction for decades. Since joining the company, Mike has been involved with numerous mission critical projects that range from enterprise facilities to multibuilding hyperscale data center campuses.
Involvement in 7×24 Exchange
In 2014, Mike began attending meetings of the Lake Michigan Region chapter of the 7×24 Exchange. Through his participation, he began to develop a network of mission critical peers in the Chicagoland area. Seeking to become more involved, Mike joined the local chapter’s board as Treasurer in 2016 and served in this role for six years. Being able to work alongside fellow board members and industry partners to plan and execute the chapters’ meetings and networking events has been the most rewarding aspect of Mike’s local involvement.
In recent years Mike has become a regular attendee of the National 7×24 Exchange Conferences. Being able to learn from industry experts from across the globe has been invaluable. At the Spring 2022 Conference, Mike was proud to join peers from The Electric Roundtable for a panel discussion on the impacts that Covid-19 had on mission critical construction across the country.
Outside of his industry involvement, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, his wife of 19 years and their two children.