Mike Prendergast: Modern Concepts Tile

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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.

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? – Feel free to call me at (402) 578-3777, email me at mct.mike@cox.net, or find us on Facebook.

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