Newsmakers of the Year



Now’s the time to recognize our industry’s greats: The Daily Reporter is honoring 40 Newsmakers of the Year from across the industry, including estimators, educators, innovators, project managers, builders, unsung heroes and many more.

Newsmakers of the Year

Virtual Event Date: Oct. 22, 2020

Time: 1-2 p.m.

Ticket Price: $25 per ticket. Event will be available for replay on-demand after event date.



Architect of the Year Bray Architects
Architect of the Year Eppstein Uhen Architects
Builder of the Year Hunzinger Construction
Business Agent of the Year James Anderson – North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
Business Operations Manager of the Year Genette Zubrod – Michels Corp.
Charitable Organization of the Year Kids Building Wisconsin
Charitable Organization of the Year Miron Construction
Developer of the Year J. Jeffers & Co.
Educator of the Year Kenn Kosowicz – J.H. Findorff & Son
Estimator of the Year Joe Kolavo – Greenfire Management Services
Estimator of the Year Jennifer Kolp – VJS Construction Services
Estimator of the Year Savannah Wehinger – Mortenson
Executive of the Year Scott Wendt – Hunzinger Construction
Green Builder of the Year J.H Findorff & Son
Innovator of the Year Brian Medina – CG Schmidt
Innovator of the Year Devon Rutkowski – Gilbane Building Co.
Innovator of the Year Tracey Griffith – Walbec Group
Leader of the Year Terry Russell – Corporate Contractors Inc.
Lifesavers of the Year Phil Talsma and Seth Sorenson – Miron Construction
Lifetime Achievement  Frank Falsetti – Hunzinger Construction
Marketing Manager of the Year Alison Nolan – Bray Architects
Mechanical Engineer of the Year Mike Roller – IBC Engineering
Minority-Owned Business of the Year Dairyland Energy Solutions
PreConstruction Manager of the Year John Tucker – J.H. Findorff & Son
Project Manager of the Year Tom Pagel – CG Schmidt
Project Manager of the Year Vince Senese – Gilbane Building Co.
Project Manager of the Year Ben McMullen – Mortenson
Project Manager of the Year Dan Markeland – Walbec Group
Road Builder of the Year Walbec Group
Senior Project Manager of the Year Aaron Zutz – J.H. Findorff & Son
Super Super Marty Halverson – Tri-North Builders
Super Super Mark Sowinski – VJS Construction Services
Super Super Will Wright – Hunzinger Construction
Super Super Dan Zess – Gilbane Building Co.
Super Super Steve Firari – Walbec Group
Sustainability Leader of the Year Lev Zvenyach – IBC Engineering
Team Lead Andy Korb – AG Architects
Unsung Hero of the Year Pastor Jim Melvin – Corporate Contractors Inc.
Unsung Hero of the Year Arron Glysch – Miron Construction
Woman-Owned Business of the Year Duwe Metal Products

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