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The Daily Reporter honored its 2017 Newsmakers of the Year on Wednesday at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. Nearly 325 construction industry professionals were in attendance to honor 32 Newsmakers.

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2017 Newsmakers of the Year

thumb-nourzad-falamakCreative problem-solving drives Nourzad’s success

Architect of the Year
Falamak Nourzad, Continuum Architects + Planners

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thumb-bray-archeitechtsBuilt on solid foundation, evolving for future

Architectural Firm of the Year
Bray Architects

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thumb-jp-cullenJ.P. Cullen makes its name taking on tough jobs

Builder of the Year
J.P. Cullen & Sons

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thumb-mlsna-christinMlsna’s career comes full circle

Business Developer of the Year
Christin Mlsna, J.H. Findorff & Son

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thumb-schereer-jimScherrer Cares builds support for anti-bullying campaigns

Charitable Organization of the Year
Scherrer Construction – Scherrer Cares

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thumb-catalyst-constructionCatalyst provides stimulus for future workforce

Construction Manager of the Year
Catalyst Construction

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thumb-otool-ryanO’Toole sees the fruits of his labor

Director of the Year
Ryan O’Toole, Hunzinger Construction

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thumb-schwengels-joeSchwengels on mission to change industry’s perception

Educator of the Year
Joe Schwengels, J.P. Cullen & Sons

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thumb-sperberg-danSperberg stays on top of industry trends, technology

Educator of the Year
Dan Sperberg, Operating Engineers Local 139 Training Center

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thumb-reisenauer-caramyReisenauer finds her calling on renewable energy projects

Engineer of the Year
Caramy Reisenauer, Faith Technologies

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thumb-wickman-carlWickman shaping the Milwaukee skyline

Estimator of the Year
Carl Wickman, J.H. Findorff & Son

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thumb-simpson-scottSimpson tackles the toughest projects

Estimator of the Year
Scott Simpson, Mortenson Construction

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thumb-vetterkind-philVetterkind LEEDS the way in green building

Green Builder of the Year
Phil Vetterkind, Sustainable Building Solutions

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thumb-nate-patNate stays humble and hungry

Humanitarian of the Year
Pat Nate, Miron Construction

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thumb-effinger-justinEffinger discovers joy in finding travel efficiencies

Innovator of the Year
Justin Effinger, Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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thumb-jansen-mikeJansen ‘never settles,’ continues to push boundaries

Innovator of the Year
Mike Jansen, Faith Technologies

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thumb-larry-witzlingWitzling builds career as local leader, teacher, industry icon

Lifetime Achievement
Larry Witzling, GRAEF

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thumb-greenfireGreenfire bets big on the construction industry

Minority-Owned Business of the Year
Greenfire Management Services

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thumb-berkley-garyCareer in cinema building comes full circle

Project Manager of the Year
Gary Berkley, Tri-North Builders

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thumb-helfert-angieHelfert straightforward, solution-driven and on-schedule

Project Manager of the Year
Angie Helfert, Mortenson Construction

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thumb-pagel-tomPagel saves time, adds value

Project Manager of the Year
Tom Pagel, C.G. Schmidt

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thumb-speaker-vosVos takes transportation fight to the streets

Public Official of the Year
Robin Vos, Wisconsin State Assembly

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thumb-schafer-kevinShafer concentrates on innovation as he drives MMSD forward

Public Official of the Year
Kevin Shafer, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

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thumb-mersberger-reeseMersberger takes pride in helping build Milwaukee

Rising Young Professional of the Year
Reese Mersberger, J.H. Findorff & Son

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thumb-massaroni-tessMassaroni makes name for herself on Bucks arena project

Rising Young Professional of the Year
Tess Massaroni, Mortenson Construction

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thumb-demark-nickDeMark starts from principles in all he does

Service Provider of the Year
DeMark’s Building Maintenance Solutions

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thumb-thomas-ryanThomas turns challenges into opportunities

Team Leader of the Year
Ryan Thomas, Madisen Maher Architects

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thumb-bauer-jenBauer shines behind the scenes at Miron

Unsung Hero of the Year
Jen Bauer, Miron Construction

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thumb-anderson-cherylAnderson wears many hats at Scherrer Construction

Unsung Hero of the Year
Cheryl Anderson, Scherrer Construction

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thumb-bell-matthewCompany answers the Bell to put veterans to work

Veteran Owned Business of the Year
US Vet General Contracting

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thumb-cullen-schultz-jeannieCullen Schultz courts success at family firm

Woman in Construction of the Year
Jeannie Cullen Schultz, J.P. Cullen & Sons

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thumb-cor-improvmentsWith C.O.R. Improvements, Hein turns dreams into reality

Women Owned Business of the Year
C.O.R. Improvements

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Questions? Call 414-225-1803 or email jbyington@dailyreporter.com.

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The Daily Reporter honored its 2016 Newsmakers of the Year on Wednesday at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Nearly 325 construction industry professionals were in attendance to honor 29 Newsmakers.

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Meet this year’s Class of 2016:

architectZimmerman connects with clients to find ideal design

Architect of the Year – Zimmerman Architectural Studios

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Builder of the Year - Mortenson Construction

Mortenson takes pride in past while looking to future

Builder of the Year – Mortenson Construction

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educatorGriffith helps industry meet residency requirements

Educator of the Year – Tracey Griffith, WRTP/BIG Step

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 Gutierrez’ work shaves $600M from Zoo Interchange

Engineer of the Year – Bob Gutierrez, WisDOT

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engineering-firmEmployee-owned Excel Engineering aptly named

Engineering Firm of the Year – Excel Engineering

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estimatorWilz starts on ceilings, hits ground running as an estimator

Estimator of the Year – Steve Wilz, Miron Construction

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executiveDillis leads with trust, encouragement

Executive of the Year – Mike Dillis, J.H. Findorff

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executive-2Sorge learned ways of the trade in ‘old school’

Executive of the Year – Mike Sorge, Mortenson Construction

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humanitarianZZ doesn’t snore when it comes to community service

Humanitarian of the Year – James “ZZ” Zradicka, J.H. Findorff

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innovatorMcGowan battling labor shortage one click at a time

Innovator of the Year – Terry McGowan, Wisconsin Operating Engineers

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interior-designerPlunkett Raysich Architects uses design to reflect client’s story

Interior Designer of the Year – PRA Interior Designers

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minority-owned-companyChoice Construction builds itself a home in Milwaukee

Minority-Owned Company of the Year – Brian Mitchell, Choice Construction Companies

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project-managerFor Boettcher, fun makes for a job well-done

Project Manager of the Year – Scott Boettcher, Catalyst Construction

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project-manager-2Lincoln Logs build Labucki’s career path

Project Manager of the Year – Chad Labucki, Mortenson Construction

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public-officialHutton stood in eye of prevailing-wage hurricane

Public Official of the Year – Rob Hutton, State Representative

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public-official-2Amid building boom, Stamper looks out for residents

Public Official of the Year – Russell Stamper II, Milwaukee Alderman

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rising-youngBertocchi excels in ‘male-dominated’ construction industry

Rising Young Professional – Erin Bertocchi, Mortenson Construction

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rising-young-2Grandpa fuels Feuling’s lifelong love of construction

Rising Young Professional – Sara Feuling, WisDOT

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rising-young-3Koepsell handles career from the ground up

Rising Young Professional – Benjamin Koepsell, Michels Corporation

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rising-young-4New to Wisconsin, McDaniel fits right in at Tri-North

Rising Young Professional – Jared McDaniel, Tri-North Builders

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service-providerCustomer service allows Miller-Bradford to get bigger, better

Service Provider of the Year, Mike Soley, Miller-Bradford & Risberg Inc.

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subcontractorJ.F. Ahern has been doing it right for 140 years

Subcontractor of the Year – J.F. Ahern Company

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super-superBlubaugh continues service to country through construction

Super super – Justin Blubaugh, Mortenson Construction

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team-leaderOrganization, communication key to Hause’s success

Team Leader of the Year – Laura Hause, Gilbane Building Company

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unsung-heroGrimes treads lightly, but leaves her mark across Wisconsin

Unsung Hero of the Year – Jennifer Grimes, WisDOT

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unsung-hero-2From cutting grass to cutting edge, Kurth does it all

Unsung Hero of the Year – Arlyn Kurth, Ruekert & Mielke

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virtula-construction-managerBaysinger’s work turns virtual into reality

Virtual Construction Manager of the Year – Josh Baysinger, J.H. Findorff

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workforce-creatorEmploy Milwaukee connects jobseekers with industry’s needs

Workforce Creator of the Year – Employ Milwaukee

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lifetimeThayer takes Tri-North to a national stage

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient – Tom Thayer, Tri-North Builders

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Questions? Call Jenny Byington at 414-225-1803 or email jenny.byington@dailyreporter.com

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The Daily Reporter and a host of sponsors honored the 2015 Newsmakers of the Year on Thursday at the Hilton in Milwaukee.

More than 300 of the construction and development industries leaders turned out to honor this year’s Newsmakers.

Meet the 2015 Newsmakers of the Year

 

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Previous Newsmakers of the Year

Who were the outstanding members of Wisconsin’s
building industry in the past year?

Now’s the time to recognize our industry’s greats:
The Daily Reporter is accepting submissions
for its 2016 Newsmakers of the Year

 

Nominate a colleague today to be honored by The Daily Reporter as a Newsmaker of the Year – a person, company or organization that led Wisconsin’s construction and design industry in a positive direction in 2016.

We’re looking for leaders from across the state, from every level of construction, design and development, to be honored in an October special section of The Daily Reporter and at a dinner awards event Thursday, October 20th Nominees must be based in Wisconsin.

Nominations are due by August 19th

This year’s categories consist of but are not limited to:

•    Architect of the Year
•    Builder of the Year
•    Educator of the Year
•    Engineer of the Year
•    Estimator of the Year
•    Developer of the Year
•    Humanitarian of the Year
•    Innovator of the Year
•    Emerging Business of the Year
•    Project Manager of the Year
•    Public Official of the Year
•    Rising Young Professional of the Year
•    Road Builder of the Year
•    Service Provider of the Year
•    Subcontractor of the Year
•    Unsung Hero of the Year
•    Up and Coming Firm of the Year
•    Woman-Owned Business of the Year
•    Veteran-Owned Business of the Year
•    Minority-Owned Business of the Year

We’re also including the category this year: Unsung Hero of the Year. Know someone who regularly goes the extra mile, makes his or her workplace a better place and expects nothing for it? Nominate them for our Unsung Hero of the Year award.

If you would like to nominate a person, company or organization in a different category, please submit that suggestion along with your nomination, as award categories are subject to change.

Description of nominee must be MORE THAN 150 words! More info is better as winners are completely based off the nominations!

You can also submit a hard copy if preferred, to:

Jenny Byington

The Daily Reporter

225 E. Michigan St., Suite 300, Milwaukee, WI 53202

Questions? Call 414-225-1803 or email jenny.byington@dailyreporter.com