Ben Maibach III: Celebrating 60 Years of Success

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In 1964, Ben Maibach III entered the workforce as a laborer for Barton Malow working at a parts depot for Chrysler in Allen Park, MI. His passion for construction and dedication to excellence quickly propelled him into leadership roles where he showcased a keen understanding of the industry’s nuances. Over the years, Ben’s strategic vision and commitment to fostering a collaborative and innovative work culture have been instrumental in Barton Malow’s continued success.

"Barton Malow is fortunate to have had your leadership, expertise, and unwavering loyalty for six decades. Your contributions to the company’s success and the positive impact you’ve had on the community are truly remarkable."

President + CEO Ryan Maibach

writing to his father, Ben Maibach III, about his impact

A Commitment to People, Projects, and Communities

Ben Maibach III’s impact on the Barton Malow team is immeasurable, extending far beyond the confines of a corporate office. His leadership style is characterized by a genuine concern for the well-being and professional growth of every team member. Ben has cultivated a culture of collaboration and mentorship, fostering an environment where innovation is encouraged and individual contributions are valued. Whether through regular town hall meetings, mentoring programs, or his open-door policy, Ben has created a sense of community within Barton Malow. His approachability and willingness to listen have empowered team members at all levels, making them feel not just part of a company but integral contributors to its success. As a result, the Barton Malow team stands stronger, united by Ben’s vision and leadership, creating a workplace culture through which each person feels inspired, motivated, and proud to be part of a legacy that spans six decades.

Ben’s influence extends far beyond the boardroom, as evidenced by his involvement in some of Barton Malow’s most iconic projects. From groundbreaking stadiums to state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, Ben’s leadership has been pivotal in ensuring the successful completion of projects that have not only redefined skylines but also enhanced communities. Among notable projects from Ben’s career is the University of Virginia Replacement Hospital completed in 1985. This project was the largest single building contract the Commonwealth had ever undertaken up until that point, at $113,500,000. A long-standing relationship was created through this project between UVA and Barton Malow that continues to be strong to this day.

Other notable projects include the University of Michigan Adult General Hospital, and various projects at Macomb Community College where Ben fostered the start of our continued relationship. 

Pictured (from left to right): Ben Maibach III, Earl Harper, Ben Maibach Jr. at the General Motors Assembly Division Project in 1981

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Ben is deeply committed to making a positive impact in the communities Barton Malow serves. He has been actively involved in various philanthropic initiatives, contributing to the betterment of those in our communities.

In 2021, Ben was honored by the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Detroit Chapter as a Distinguished Volunteer for his 34 years of volunteerism that has helped support thousands of young men and women throughout southeast Michigan. Over the years, Ben has displayed a passion for supporting young people from challenging socioeconomic conditions. He has volunteered with numerous community organizations, leveraging his business acumen to lead campaigns that have raised upwards of $30 million to meet community needs. Ben’s dedication to corporate social responsibility is a testament to his belief in giving back and leaving a lasting legacy of positive change.

As we reflect on Ben Maibach III’s 60 years of unparalleled service, it’s clear that his legacy, although great in its number of years, is greatest reflected by the lives he has touched, the projects he has led, and the communities he has enriched. His enduring commitment to excellence, innovation, and community engagement serves as an inspiration for current and future generations within Barton Malow and the construction industry at large.

Ben Maibach III at a Habitat for Humanity build
Ben Maibach III at his desk in 2015
Ben Maibach III at the Building Communities Golf Classic
Ben Maibach Jr (left) and Ben Maibach III (right) at the General Motors Assembly Division project in Lake Orion in the 1980s
Ben Maibach III at the UVA Replacement Hospital project in the 1980s
Ben Maibach III (left) at the Building Communities Golf Classic in 2015