President & CEO, PRIDE Industries
by Jen Fischer
It's been written
that meeting Mike Ziegler is like
shaking hands with a tornado. From gracing the cover of business magazines
to mingling with big time celebrities, this man knows how to make a
As President and
CEO of PRIDE Industries, Ziegler is the man charged with keeping the
company's mission statement alive. That statement is simple: create
jobs for people with disabilities.
When Ziegler took
the reigns in 1983, about 90% of PRIDE's revenue came from government
subsidies and grants. Fast-forward 20 years and now 99% comes from sales
for services rendered to companies such as Intel and the United States
Now thousands of
people earn their paycheck by performing such jobs as inserting candy
wrappers for client Sherry's Berries. Thanks to Ziegler's leadership
and sharp business skills, this former entrepreneur has turned PRIDE
into the largest employer of people with disabilities in America.
Despite his hands-on
approach, Ziegler still finds time to volunteer. He recently convinced
the Sacramento Metro Chamber to make "regional cooperation"
their number one goal. But PRIDE is still Ziegler's own top priority.