Barnard founded the consulting, design and building services firm
ML Barnard, Inc. in 1992, he had only one goal: to run a company
his way. Although launched as a one-man operation, Mike had grand
dreams of constructing high-quality buildings that met clients'
aesthetic and budgetary needs while doing so with unassailable integrity
and commitment to service.
Mike must be
doing something right.
Today, more then a decade after the founding of his firm
ML Barnard, Inc is a small but important force in the marketplace,
with ten employees and annual revenues approaching $ 8 million.
ML Barnard has also become one of the nation's top 10 authorized
dealers of pre-engineered buildings manufactured by Nucor Building
Systems. But, ML Barnard believes the company success isn't reflected
in its growth or dollar signs but in its clients' satisfaction.
During his 30-plus
years as a professional engineer, Mike has worked for more than
200 clients. He's done everything from design/build clients' projects
to manage their abundant and diverse construction needs. Among the
projects he and his company have worked on are: high-rises, office
buildings, high-tech facilities, manufacturing facilities with clean
rooms, data centers, tenant finishes, metal building systems, airplane
hangars, churches and much more.
Diverse as the
clients may be, ML Barnard's clients are all attracted to the company,
because of its business philosophy. Our letterhead says it all -
"Dedicated to Our Client's Needs." That's what ML Barnard
is all about. It's been our philosophy from the beginning; our business
grows by referrals from our clients. Normally, once we do a building,
those clients are clients for life.
relationships don't just happen over night. They're fostered through
painstaking commitment to clients and uncompromising adherence to
the company's values. Honesty, integrity and quality are important
to us and they're important to our clients. ML Barnard expresses
its corporate values by supporting children's organizations such
as the Jaycees, Little League Teams, Softball Teams, YMCA, High
School Soccer Teams, Ohio Board of Education and the Stay in School
Fund in Clermont County.
types of organizations and conducting business according to old-fashioned
values reveals more about ML Barnard than a set of blueprints.
With over 30 years of experience
we can build anything, but our clients select
us for more than just our building skills. They respect the way
we run our business.
ML Barnard is
mindful of customer's budgets as well. It's easy to build the Taj
Mahal if you've got an unlimited budget. The challenge is creating
the most attractive, functional building within the client's budget.
We keep our client's wallets in mind when we make our building decisions,
but we don't cut corners. After all, whenever we put up a building,
we think of it as having our name on it. It represents our company
and we aren't going to do anything to tarnish that reputation.
We are so dedicated
to preserving that reputation and serving our clients' needs that
when potential customers ask for references we don't just hand them
a list of two or three stellar projects. Instead the we supplies
them with a detailed list of contacts for every project the company
has ever worked on. ML Barnard is confident that every client, large
or small, will express the same type of satisfaction. We give potential
clients all that information for two reasons. One, we're not trying
to hide anything, and two; our clients are the best spokespeople
Barnard is proficient in all areas of commercial construction, the
company expanded its business in 1998 when it ventured into the
role of landlord. ML Barnard built the Spirit of America National
Bank building in Miami Township and leases the 30,000 square-foot
building to the bank. Property management and ownership is an area
of long-term focus for us.
often involve a variety of architects, contractors, designers and
construction companies, ML Barnard is accustomed to working with
a number of different firms. What's more, developers-who are sometimes
wary of working with general contractors they regard as competitors-don't
have that same anxiety when working with ML Barnard. Developers
know our reputation and they know we'll work well together with
ML Barnard expresses
the same spirit of partnership when discussing the company's relationship
with our subcontractors. ML Barnard seeks out firms and individuals
that share our company's values and priorities. We're all part of
the same team. We believe in loyalty and we've been working with
some of the same subcontractors for 20 years. You're only as good
as the people around you. Some contractors just go for the low bid,
we don't. We want the right people on the job. It takes teamwork
to meet and exceed the expectation of building owners.
For over a decade now, ML Barnard has been meeting and exceeding those expectations,
and is poised-with a healthy reputation, and a commitment to excellence-for
continued success in the decades to come.