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Jul 5, 2018

Lobdell builds KL Engineering one employee at a time

Nearly 27 years ago, Kim Lobdell sat behind her desk at KL Engineering for the first time, alone in the office and the sole employee of the Fitchburg company she had just started.

Jun 28, 2018

PARKS’ PLACE: Berghammer president finds fulfillment in construction after foray into law

Jim Parks knew when he started getting knots in his stomach on Sunday afternoons from just thinking about the coming workweek that being a lawyer was not for him.

Jun 21, 2018

Kalmer helps clients with multi-employer plans, ACA

The saying “timing is everything” could have been originally written about Stacie Kalmer and the way she ended up with a successful employee benefits practice at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren.

Jun 7, 2018

Meet the road warrior: Hoffman carries on the dirt-moving tradition

Jim Hoffman sometimes wonders what his grandfather would think of their family run road construction business today.

May 31, 2018

Smith drawn to architecture from an early age

Standing on the 55th floor of the partially completed John Hancock Center in Chicago, the 14-year-old Stephen Perry Smith didn’t know he one day would be designing similar buildings.

May 24, 2018

Wangard in a class by himself

The third day of class on the Harvard University campus in 2005 stands out as a turning point for Stewart Wangard.

May 10, 2018

From Playboy Club to golf courses, Nero builds a wide-ranging career

Craig Nero remembers tearing up the hate mail.

May 3, 2018

For Gardner, employment law is labor of love

John Gardner, a partner at DeWitt, Ross & Stevens in Madison, rarely has a dull day.

Apr 27, 2018

In teaching, O’Neill sees in students what others might have missed

Teaching wasn’t Patrick O’Neill’s first love. The Oshkosh native got into remodeling and landscape work right after high school and eventually took a job at Appleton-based RJ Kampo Plumbing and Heating Inc., a company his wife’s cousin owned.

Apr 12, 2018

From construction to accounting, Wagner takes his career full circle

If Jim Wagner’s day-to-day work seems familiar to him, there’s a good reason: It’s the same type of accounting for privately held contractors he did more than 40 years ago.

Mar 29, 2018

For Coakley, it’s a family tradition

Two of the most significant moments in Mike Coakley’s career stem from his father.

Mar 22, 2018

Washebek follows through on Lemberg commitment

Dave Washebek can confidently say that when he starts a job, he sticks with it.


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