Newsmakers of the Year


On Oct. 22, 2020, The Daily Reporter honored 40 Newsmakers of the Year from across the industry, including estimators, educators, innovators, project managers, builders, unsung heroes and many more.

The honorees will also be featured in an upcoming special magazine in early November.

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Lifetime Achievement
Frank Falsetti – Hunzinger Construction

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 Corporation

Charitable Organization of the Year
Kids Building Wisconsin

Charitable Organization of the Year
Miron Construction

Developer of the Year
J. Jeffers & Company

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 Dent – Gilbane Building Co.

Innovator of the Year
Tracey Griffith – Walbec Group

Leader of the Year
Terry Russell – CCI

Lifesavers of the Year
Phil Talsma and Seth Sorenson – Miron 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 Company

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 – CCI

Unsung Hero of the Year
Arron Glysch – Miron Construction

Woman-Owned Business of the Year
Duwe Metal Products

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