Michael R. Berghoff

Purdue University Trustee and Founder and President, Lenex Steel Corporation


Michael Berghoff is founder and president of the Lenex Steel Corp. in Indianapolis.  Lenex Steel, founded in 2003, designs, fabricates, and installs structural steel throughout the Midwest. Lenex's fabrication plants in Indianapolis and Terre Haute produce steel for commercial, warehousing, institutional, and retail buildings. The company is the largest steel fabricator in the region and is involved in some of the state's major commercial projects, including Simon Property Group headquarters, Riley Hospital, and the Indianapolis Convention Center expansion. In 2008, it was included in the inaugural class of the “Indiana Companies to Watch.”

Before starting Lenex, Mr. Berghoff worked in management positions at Haden Construction in Detroit; Broad, Vogt & Conant, a steel fabrication company in Detroit; and Ferguson Steel in Indianapolis. As a student, he served as chairman of the Purdue Student Publishing Foundation and president of Theta Chi fraternity. 

Mr. Berghoff is the former president of the Purdue Theta Chi alumni corporation, past president of the St. Simon the Apostle Parish, a member of the Cathedral High School Board of Directors, and Chairman of the board of directors for Young President's Organization. 

A 1985 graduate of Purdue with a bachelor's degree in industrial management, he was appointed to the Purdue University Board of Trustees on July 11, 2009.