Mike McCandless

Managing Director, Lead Advisor


Mike joined Pilko in 2011, and since 2014, Mike has led a variety of Operational Excellence projects for midstream, energy and chemical clients, working with corporate officers to deliver rapid, dramatic, and sustainable improvement in operational and EHS risk management performance. Mike has maintained and built his relationship to become a trusted partner with all of these clients.

Mike played a key role in the development of the 8ight Drivers® and is responsible for assuring that this IP reflects industry and best practice over time. Mike also provides leadership and support internally to ensure that Pilko continuously improves its approach to effectively serving our client base.

Prior to joining Pilko, Mike had 37 years of operations experience with Union Carbide, Dow, and Hexion Specialty Chemicals, retiring as Vice President of Manufacturing. His experience spanned over 30 sites and multiple process technologies. Mike has extensive experience with Six Sigma and other structured problem-solving methodologies, and a proven track record of improving performance.

Mike is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He currently resides in Columbus, Ohio.