Michael Ziegler is president and chief executive officer of PRIDE Industries, a leading provider of business solutions and one of America’s largest nonprofit employers of people with disabilities. PRIDE offers a wide range of comprehensive customer solutions including manufacturing, supply chain logistics, and integrated facilities services.
Since joining PRIDE in 1983, Ziegler has led the transformation from a nonprofit organization dependent on federal and state funds to a self-sufficient business enterprise providing services to Fortune 500 companies and government customers nationwide. During Ziegler’s tenure, PRIDE has grown from 65 employees and a $250,000 budget to the Sacramento region’s third largest manufacturing and service company, with more than 5,600 employees and $290+ million in annual revenue.
As PRIDE’s cheerleader, Ziegler is very active throughout the community and currently serves on the board of directors for the California Chamber of Commerce; Teichert, Inc.; American River Bank; American River Bankshares; Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council; and the U.C. Davis Health System National Board of Advisors.
In 2011, Michael Ziegler was named “Sacramentan of the Year” by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce for his many contributions to the region. In 2006, he was recognized by the American Heart Association with their Heart of the Community Award for leadership and generosity in the community. In 2005, Michael was recognized by Junior Achievement of Sacramento as a Sacramento Area Business Hall of Fame Laureate. In 2002, Ziegler received the Exemplary Leader Award from the American Leadership Forum. Previously, Ziegler and PRIDE Industries received the Humanitarian Award from the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Sacramento. Ziegler has also been chosen as one of “Sacramento’s 10 Most Influential Business People” by a Sacramento Bee poll; Private Sector Award recipient for the Placer County Economic Development Board; Businessman of the Year for the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; and the Not-for-Profit Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young and Inc. Magazine.
Before coming to PRIDE, Ziegler was general manager of two large retail companies — Frank More, Inc. of San Francisco and Bootique Trends of Los Angeles — and also owned the Bay Area Red Carpet Car Wash chain. Ziegler received an Honorary Ph.D. from Golden Gate University.
When asked what he considers his major accomplishments, Ziegler points to the many quality jobs PRIDE helps create for people with disabilities. Many of these employees were formerly on taxpayer assistance and are now taxpayers themselves. Ziegler is extremely proud of the “incredible and talented group of people who work at PRIDE.” With Ziegler’s enthusiastic leadership, active business and community partnerships, and dedicated employees, PRIDE continues its frenetic pace to create jobs for people with disabilities.