Mowa Haile is President and CEO of Sky Blue Builders, which he founded in 2007, after a tenured career in the technology sector. After learning everything he could about running a business, from operations to sales and marketing, he leveraged his entrepreneurial spirit to start his own company, which focuses on commercial development and federal and municipal work. Haile has guided the company from a two-man team and $80K in revenue to completing large projects for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. One of the main missions of Sky Blue Builders is giving back to the greater community.
Haile and his family moved to Denver from Washington DC in 2006 and began looking for a home in Stapleton, but due to a variety factors they landed in Littleton instead. They always knew Stapleton was the place for them, so a six years later they decided to make the leap and found their family home in Central Park West—just blocks from the 29th Avenue Town Center and Central Park.
“The thing that drew me to the neighborhood was the strong community feeling it embraced,” said Haile. “The day we moved in, the neighborhood kids were at our house greeting the moving truck. It reminded me of the way I grew up—spending all of my time outside riding bikes and being a kid. I didn’t think this kind of place existed anymore and I feel lucky that my kids get to have a childhood like mine.”
Haile grew up in Fort Collins after emigrating from Africa in 1981 with his family at the age of nine. He enjoyed a happy childhood and after high school went to CSU, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and later getting his MBA from University of Phoenix. He moved to Washington DC to pursue a variety of business roles, but knew his heart was still in Colorado with his family. To this day, his extended family remains a big part of his life.
“Almost every weekend we host family get-togethers at our home,” said Haile. “Whether it’s for a Bronco game, a backyard barbeque or holiday celebration — everyone loves to congregate here.”
He, his wife and two sons spend their days playing soccer, swimming, skiing and riding bikes to their favorite neighborhood places including Blue Fin Sushi Bar and The Berkshire Restaurant. But one of his main passions is giving back. As a company, all employees are expected to volunteer their time and expertise throughout their employment to help support philanthropic efforts and create a strong community presence.
“At the end of the day our success is not just measured by our balance sheet, but our superior customer service and betterment of our community. As Tony Dungy, the former Super Bowl winning NFL Coach said, “‘If all we do is win Super Bowls, we have failed.’ And the same holds true for Sky Blue Builders. If all we do is make money, we have failed.”
Haile is a Board Member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, serves on the City of Denver’s Division of Small Business Opportunity Advisory Committee and Heavy Highway Goals Committee, and is Co-Chair of the Black Construction Group within the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce. Haile also served for four years on the Board of Directors at Venture Prep, a free, rigorous, public charter school in Denver whose mission is to prepare all 9-12th grade students for college and career success.
The Stapleton community is among Denver’s most dynamic and vibrant—filled with passionate people who believe in strong community involvement and improving the world around them. Stapleton is home to an eclectic mix of growing families, young professionals, empty nesters and numerous stand-out community leaders who are making positive change throughout Denver, the region and the world. One such person is Mowa Haile…