River City Six: Mike Prendergast
Modern Concepts Tile is a locally owned and operated contractor specializing in custom design tilework for residential and commercial projects. Mike Prendergast is the co-owner of Modern Concepts Tile.
Tell us a little about your business. – Our goal is to provide the highest quality workmanship with custom tie and design to fit the needs of our customers. We try to stay on the cutting-edge of our trade and offer any services that pertain to tile.
How did you get started in the business? – My cousin and business partner Danny got me the job when I was 19 back in 1999.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally? – Running a business on our own; covering all aspects from bookkeeping to installation to estimating jobs and keeping the work going.
What has been your most important achievement professionally? – Partnering up with my cousin and best friend. We work very well together and complement each other’s style to make the business work well.
Tell us a little about your family. – I’m the oldest of three with one brother and one sister. I have three boys of my own that are 12, 10, and 2.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? – Having children changed everything in my life.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? – I enjoy playing sports so golfing, baseball, and sand volleyball are at the top of the list.
What are you most proud of? – My children and my business.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – Keep the quality of your work there and it will keep the work coming.
If you could choose only one descriptive work to be remembered as, what would it be? – Respectful.
If you had a theme song, what would it be? – The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby & the Range.
If you could have a super power, what would it be? – To fly.
What talent would you most like to have? – Being a professional caliber athlete.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be? – Massage Therapist.
What local non-profit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why? – My mother died of brain cancer and my dad survived lymphoma so supporting cancer research is a big deal to me.
What is your favorite book or last good book you’ve read? – Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
What is your favorite movie? – Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
What is your favorite TV show? – Game of Thrones.
What is your favorite local restaurant? – Spaghetti Works.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? – Ryne Sandberg from the Chicago Cubs, who was my favorite player in the world growing up.
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