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nom-buttonWho 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 2015 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 2015.

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 22nd Nominees must be based in Wisconsin.

Nominations are due by August 21st

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 a new 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 540
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Questions? Call 414-225-1803 or contact Jenny Byington by email.

2014 Newsmakers of the Year


Architect of the Year: Robert Barr — Continuum Architects and Planners SC, Milwaukee

Best Use of Technology: Jason Geschke — M.A. Mortenson Co., Minneapolis

Builder of the Year: Gilbane Building Co., Milwaukee

Construction Executive of the Year: Anna Stern — Tri-North Builders Inc., Fitchburg

Developer of the Year: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Educator of the Year: Mark Federle — Marquette University, Milwaukee

Engineer of the Year: Pat Cashin — HNTB Corp., Waukesha

Estimator of the Year: Lou Olson — J.H. Findorff & Son Inc., Madison

Humanitarian of the Year: Hunzinger Construction Co., Brookfield

Innovator of the Year: Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Lifetime Achievement: Oscar C. Boldt — The Boldt Co., Appleton

Project Manager of the Year: Shannon Metoxen — J.P. Cullen & Sons Inc., Janesville

Rising Young Professional of the Year: Mike Stern — J.H. Findorff & Son Inc., Madison

Safety Director of the Year: Mel Langlais –M.A. Mortenson Co., Minneapolis

Service Provider of the Year: WRTP/BIG STEP, Milwaukee

Subcontractor of the Year: Dairyland Energy Solutions Inc., Butler

Sustainable Commitment of the Year: Marek Landscaping LLC, Milwaukee

Unsung Hero of the Year: Julie Plagge — Milwaukee Building and Construction Trades Council, Milwaukee

Up and Coming Firm of the Year: Dominion Properties, Milwaukee

Woman in Construction of the Year: Carolynn Gellings — Wisconsin Department of Transportation


Woman-Owned Business of the Year: E3 Group LLC, Milwaukee

Veteran-Owned Business of the Year: Chequamegon Bay Group Inc., Ashland












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