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The Daily Reporter honors its Newsmakers of the Year

For the ninth year in a row, The Daily Reporter on Thursday honored its Newsmakers of the Year at an annual awards dinner.

This year’s winners included Michels Corp. for Road Builder of the Year, C.G. Schmidt for Builder of the Year, and Wangard Partners Inc. for Developer of the Year (see below for a full list of winners). Twenty-two companies, individuals or groups were honored at the celebration, held at Milwaukee’s Grain Exchange.


For the second year, The Daily Reporter paired with WasteCap Resource Solutions to present four green award-winners, recognizing remarkable commitments to sustainability. New this year were two Small and Disadvantaged Business awards, done in partnership with KPH Construction and the Emerging Construction Business Incubator.

Meet this year’s award-winners:

Milwaukee architect prefers a challenge

Architect of the Year

Matt Rinka, Rinka Chung Architecture Inc.

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A study in excellence and flexibility

Builder of the Year

C.G. Schmidt Inc.

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Talent and vision guide Wangard Partners

Developer of the Year

Wangard Partners Inc.

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Weisling expands educational opportunities for carpentry

Educator of the Year

Joe Weisling, Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, SEWCTC

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Hoadley’s estimates hit the mark

Estimator of the Year

Mike Hoadley, C.G. Schmidt Inc.

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Neve drives to find a cure for cancer

Humanitarian of the Year

Dan Neve, Staab Construction Corp.

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Building with a vision for beauty

Innovator of the Year

Juli Kaufmann, Fix Development LLC

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Wellenstein builds reputation for quality, integrity

Lifetime Achievement

Wally Wellenstein Jr., Wellenstein & Sons Inc.

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Group runs successful campaign for new span

Partnership of the Year

Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing

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Weise keeps construction sites drama free

Project Manager of the Year

Rob Weise, M.A. Mortenson Co.

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Gartner thrives as project problem solver

Public Official of the Year

Thomas Gartner, city of Milwaukee

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A grand design to improve lives

Rising Young Professional of the Year

Michael Hacker, Bray Associates-Architects Inc.

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Michels lays groundwork for expansion

Road Builder of the Year

Michels Corp.

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M3 Insurance focuses on clients’ bottom line

Service Provider of the Year

M3 Insurance Solutions Inc.

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Belonger dedicates itself to giving back

Small and Disadvantaged Business of the Year

Belonger Corp.

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Contractor keeps buildings performing well

Small and Disadvantaged Business of the Year


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Menasha contractor invests in its employees

Subcontractor of the Year

Faith Technologies Inc.

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Projects are a labor of love for Oldenburg

Woman of the Year

Roberta Oldenburg, M.A. Mortenson Co.

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Smet stays committed to working green

Green Advocate of the Year

Smet Construction Services

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Mortenson builds sustainable business model

Remarkable Sustainable Commitment Construction

M.A. Mortenson Co.

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Veit reaps the rewards of recycling

Remarkable Sustainable Commitment, Demolition

Veit USA

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Recycling is top job for Ungerecht

Super Super, Tom Ungerecht

VJS Construction Services Inc.

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