The Triad Business Journal based in Greensboro honored Michael C. Blackwell, president/CEO for Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH) as one of the Triad’s most admired CEOs. Blackwell was among 18 area CEOs selected.
This is the second year the Journal has conducted the Triad’s Most Admired CEOs awards. The Triad Business Journal is the source for local business news in the 12-county Triad region including the cities of Thomasville, Lexington and High Point, and Guilford, Davidson and Forsyth counties.
The awards spotlight top CEOs in the area for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate and community leaders.
“To be recognized among this elite group is surprising and humbling,” Blackwell says.
“I greatly admire each of the men and women who have received this high honor. They are leading the charge in their respective fields and our Triad communities are better for it.”
On July 1, 2018, Blackwell will mark his 35th anniversary as BCH’s president/CEO and is the nonprofit’s longest-tenured executive leader.
“Three and a half decades have passed quickly, and it is nothing short of amazing to see how far we have come organizationally,” says Blackwell. “I am most proud about how we have evolved with the times in order to best meet the changing needs of children and families in the Triad and beyond.”
Today, BCH provides services in 22 North Carolina communities as well as Guatemala where it oversees an orphanage. Baptist Children’s Homes also offers services for adults with developmental disabilities, senior adults and single mothers.
“The growth BCH has experienced is phenomenal, but our true measure of success is in the number of lives we are able to impact,” Blackwell explains.
Blackwell credits BCH’s staff members for that success. As president/ CEO, he says his focus is on how he can help them serve and do their jobs better.
Blackwell and recipients of the 2017 Triad’s Most Admired CEOs awards were recognized on July 27 during a ceremony at Greensboro Country Club. BCH has been recognized twice by the Triad Business Journal as one of the “Best Places to Work.”
“Slowing down is not on the docket,” Blackwell said. “The needs of children and families are still great and there are too many good things left to accomplish.
“Being honored by the Triad Business Journal is incredibly affirming and provides a motivational boost as we continue to live out the BCH vision of ‘sharing hope…changing lives.’”