By Christian Hamaker
Longtime IIBEC member Michael Hoecherl, RRC, RWC, RRO, died December 15, 2023, after a brief illness.
According to a published obituary, “Mike was a highly successful salesman in commercial roofing winning multiple sales awards throughout a career that spanned over 40 years with different companies across Texas. … Mike was a natural salesman, and his outgoing personality will be missed by those who knew and loved him.”
Hoecherl joined IIBEC in 2007. He achieved the RRC (2011), RWC (2018), and RRO (2007) credentials, and he attended several conventions, Building Enclosure Symposiums, and other IIBEC events over the years. He was a winner in the 2013 Document Competition and was recognized during the 28th RCI International Convention & Trade Show awards luncheon for his project University of Houston Moody Towers Dining and Commons.
In his professional life, he worked for IIBEC President Amy Peevey at both Building Exterior Solutions (senior associate) and SOCOTEC (associate) and for IIBEC First Vice President Robért Hinojosa at RJH & Associates Inc. (senior associate).
“Michael Hoecherl gave everything he had to everything he loved: his family and friends, the roofing industry, his work and mentoring others, his clients and colleagues, hunting and shooting, and life itself,” Peevey said. “His presence filled a room and fun and laughter followed everywhere he went. Mike’s passing has left the construction industry and the Houston area with one less beloved and devoted soul. I am honored to have called him a friend and colleague. I love you and will miss you, Mike.”
Hinojosa also had high praise for Hoecherl. “I was lucky enough to meet Mike Hoecherl 15-plus years ago through IIBEC and have him as a friend, peer, and colleague through most of my building enclosure career. I also had the pleasure of working with Mike during his time as an employee of mine at RJH & Associates Inc. Mike, as a multicredentialed consultant member of IIBEC, always promoted the organization and its mission to fellow employees and clients. He believed in the credentials and their value and was a great mentor to younger professionals at RJH, constantly encouraging the credentials and continuing education that IIBEC provides. His enthusiasm for the building enclosure industry was always evident and apparent in his work and outgoing personality! He will be missed.”
The obituary notes that Hoecherl is survived by his wife, Karen; his daughters, Hunter and Heather Hamilton; grandson, Riley; mother, Norma Jean; brother, Chuck; sister, Annette Barnes; nieces and nephews, Christian and Rachel, Hannah, Jake, and Joseph; and brothers-in-law, Fred and Dick Bright.