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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 our 2015 honorees:

PRAAmid changes, Raysich keeps emphasis constant

The name has changed, but the mission remains the same.

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findorffFindorff’s success tied to core values

While it serves many industries, the Madison-based company specializes in the arts, education, health care, government, science and technology sectors. The prominent Madison-area buildings it helped put up include the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Ovation 309, UW Health at the American Center and Monona Terrace. Its Milwaukee-area projects include the recent completion of The Moderne, a 30-story high-rise, and The Brix, a historic mixed-use building in the Third Ward.

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Murphy-JohnMurphy finds in Packers example of well-run team

John Murphy has overseen two large Lambeau Field redevelopment projects since 2001 and says he has learned a lot from the Packers about coaching a well-run team.

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Gebhardt-OttoGebhardt wasted no time getting into development

Otto Gebhardt began in real estate by working in the family business when he was 7, and he made his first offer on a property at age 13.

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Allen-JoelAllen strives to convey importance of work ethic

Joel Allen began 30 years ago as an apprentice at the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council No. 7. By the time he was a full-time glazier, he already was working to improve education for others.

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Cain-DougProject variety keeps Cain engaged

Doug Cain, project manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Southeast Region, often has several different projects on his desk.

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Resset-SteveResset gazes into crystal ball for industry

When Steve Resset started school to study architectural drafting, he didn’t even knowing estimating was a career.

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Kent-NickFor Kent, volunteering is a family tradition worth passing on

Nicholas Kent learned the value of civic service from his father and hopes that his own children will do the same.

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LaTue-MikeLaRue engineers a career in construction

Mike LaRue is a man of ideas.

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Sanchez-JoseFor Sanchez, hard work paved way for thriving company

In going from a one-man start-up to a thriving business with 25 full-time employees, Sanchez Painting Contractors has embodied the American dream.

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PMC-SMACCAUnion alliance keeps work moving during negotiations

This past spring, the Plumbing Mechanical Sheet Metal Contractors Alliance achieved what some might consider impossible.

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Luck-RyanRoadwork success comes with some Luck, and lots of skill

Ryan Luck didn’t invent freeway mega projects, but it’s his job to make sure they get done.

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Smith-Teig-WWhaley-Smith refuses to let good opportunities for county pass

Teig Whaley-Smith has only worked for Milwaukee County for two years, but already he’s helping push through projects that will transform the area for generations.


Anderson-BenAnderson finds communication, teamwork key to success

When superintendents finish a project, especially one that has lasted a couple of years, there are usually a lot of emotions involved.

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Kwiatkowski-DavidDedication to customer satisfaction sets Kwiatkowski apart

When David Kwiatkowski, a general superintendent at Gilbane Building Co., was assigned to work on the Schreiber Foods home office and global technology center in downtown Green Bay, he packed up his family and made the move to Titletown.

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HJ-MartinH.J. Martin adds on projects’ finishing touches

H.J. Martin and Son Inc. has come a long way since 1931, when the company opened its doors and began selling floor coverings.

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JCPDedication to quality sets JCP apart

After working several years in the construction industry for others, James and Jalin Phelps decided in the middle of the recent economic downturn to go into the business for themselves.

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Bush-KevinTo Bush, proof of success is in the buildings

For Kevin Bush, success as a project superintendent begins with the team behind him.

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Pete-StacyPete keeps a brave face during tough times

You can practically hear the smile on Stacy Pete’s face.

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Booth-AshleyBooth’s love of cities drives efforts

From a young age, Ashley Booth knew he loved cities.

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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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