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2022 Newsmakers of the Year

Oct 12, 2022

Hess sparks successful career by passing on knowledge

Electrical engineering takes more than just technical aptitude and the right education to be successful. It also requires a strong attention to detail, and that’s one of Dennis Hess’ biggest […]

Oct 12, 2022

WRTP | BIG STEP changing workforce cultures through training

In the 1990s, Milwaukee’s traditional industry base faced a lot of challenges. The combination of the recovery of manufacturing, retirement of an aging workforce and the diversification of the regional […]

Oct 12, 2022

Brennan helps to grow his company into an industry leader

When John Brennan III was 7 years old, he was involved in an automobile accident that left him handicapped. Despite the challenges created by the accident, Brennan went on to […]

Oct 12, 2022

Green builds on love of mentorship, collaboration

Charles Green loves mentoring others, whether it’s on job or through volunteer work. Green, a project manager at Mortenson, has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for nearly […]

Oct 12, 2022

Getting workers home safe at core of Dahlgren’s mission

Ally Dahlgren joined Gilbane Building Co. just three years ago, but she’s already had a big impact at the firm. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and native of […]

Oct 12, 2022

Hager pedals his way to meaningful construction career

Ben Hager was just a boy when he first realized that construction was in his blood. He helped remodel his childhood home, and the only real challenge was getting material […]

Oct 12, 2022

Geiser making waves early on in her career

Megan Geiser is a big believer in green building. Geiser, a project manager at Kraus-Anderson, was one of the first people at the company to become WELL AP certified. She […]

Oct 12, 2022

Hoover gets the ‘job done and on time’ with an eye on quality

Chad Hoover thrives under pressure. It’s a quality that serves him well as a superintendent at VJS Construction Services. In the times of manpower struggles, unsure material commitments and stressful […]

Oct 12, 2022

Garcia has her tentacles into everything at Ahern

When Michelle Garcia was hired as an intern at J.F. Ahern in 1998, she didn’t intend to pursue a long career in the industry. But she quickly fell in love […]

Oct 12, 2022

Findorff continues to lead industry in sustainable building

Sustainability: It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot today in the construction industry as companies aim to become more environmentally friendly. At Findorff, sustainable building isn’t a recent […]

Oct 12, 2022

Relationships key to Swenson’s career success

For Bret Swenson, relationships are very important. “Maintaining relationships with the client while cultivating relationships and advocating for subcontractors can be a balancing act,” said Swenson, project manager for the […]

Oct 12, 2022

Gehl shares his life-long construction expertise

Brandon Gehl was born into the construction industry. He graduated from high school early in order to begin his career working in an operating engineers’ union pre-apprenticeship. Soon after, he […]


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