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“What New Year’s Resolution are you going to make related to your business or the industry?”

McGowanMugTerry McGowan, president and business manager of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139: “I resolve to continue the fight for our industry’s recovery. Not only because our infrastructure is in danger of decay past repair, but so that we are able to continue recruiting and retain the hard-working and talented people who decide to rely on entering our respective crafts as a lifelong career.”

jimhoffmanJim Hoffman, president of Hoffman Construction, Black River Falls: “I plan on investing in our employees – recruit, train and retain the best in the industry. We’ll invest in providing training so they can exceed at their tasks, allow time for one-on-one talks to make sure to retain them, and work with them on life-work balance.”

barkerBob Barker, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin: “The AGC of Wisconsin is resolved to intensify our statewide efforts to create a positive image of the construction industry for high school students, their parents, faculty and administration; while highlighting the excellent career-path opportunities and rewards available to those willing to learn and work hard.”

SchulzeMugJohn Schulze, director of government relations for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin: “In 2015, Wisconsin became the largest Associated Builders and Contractors chapter in the nation. Our goal in 2016 is to continue to provide the services our members value enough to renew their memberships.”

STAMBORSKIChris Stamborski, assistant director of municipal services at R.A. Smith National, Brookfield: “I will continue to be diligent in finding creative ways to keep my construction projects cost-effective for my clients. Two of the biggest impacts we see are the timing of the bidding and flexibility in the construction timeframe. Getting information to contractors early enough allows them a chance to confirm their schedule for the year, and being creative in the construction timeframe allows the contractor to be flexible in how they deliver your project while dealing with the inevitable emergency projects that come up.”

Ken-Kraemer-PhotoKen Kraemer, executive director of Building Advantage: “To continue promoting economic and workforce development; as more people see and experience the benefits of the union construction industry, our market share grows.”

BoycksMugBrad Boycks, executive of the Wisconsin Builders Association: “I resolve to work with WBA members across the state to tackle a few remaining issues such as the two proposals on property-rights reforms before the legislature adjourns the session.”


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