Construction Alliance

The Construction Alliance of Southeast Wisconsin serves as a platform for construction and skilled trades companies to share ideas, encourage innovation and target new talent. Like many other industries, construction is facing a workforce shortage that is projected to increase in the coming years. In a survey conducted in 2017 by the Alliance, 87% of construction/skilled trade companies indicated having difficulty attracting and/or retaining employees.

Here are some programs of the Construction Alliance:

  • Construction Executive Council – The Construction Executive Council is comprised of construction and skilled trades leaders who meet quarterly to set the strategic direction for the Construction Alliance.
  • HREx Program Series – HR Excellence (HREx) programs give construction HR pros the opportunity to hear from a guest speaker, participate in facilitated roundtable discussions and share best practices.
  • Kids Building Wisconsin – Kids Building WI is a nonprofit that hosts construction career expos in Madison and Waukesha. Middle school students participate  in interactive activities run by construction and skilled trades companies to learn about careers in the industry.
  • Careers Uncovered – Careers Uncovered helps Waukesha County educators learn more about career pathways. Educators tour a local company, have a roundtable discussion with company leadership and put together an action plan to improve the academic and career planning process.

If you’re interested in learning more about this group, contact the Alliance.

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Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo

Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo

Kids Building Wisconsin is a hands on event where kids can see and experience many of the wonderful jobs in the construction industry. Students gain exposure to career opportunities in construction...

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Construction Executive Council

Jim Olson

Chair
Iconica

Ryan O'Toole

Co-Chair
Hunzinger Construction Company

Larry Barton

Strang Inc

David Belman

Belman Homes

Ben Bergles

VJS Construction Services

Leah Bitar

L.H. Krueger and Son, Inc.

Michelle Brown

NARI Milwaukee

Steve Carr

Jens Construction Company

Brady Chuckel

Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling

Roger Daniels

Building Service Inc. (BSI)

Aaron Davis

FEH Design

Heather Dobson

Corporate Contractors, Inc.

Mike Duffek

Duffek Construction LLC

Susie Feia

Feia Construction, LLC

Zach Finer

American Construction Services

Tim Guilette

Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling

Holly Hawkins

Kelly Construction & Design LLC

John Huggett

The Boldt Company

Todd Hughes

Walbec Group

Nate Keller

Gardner Builders Milwaukee

Kevin Kendellen

Riley Construction Company, Inc.

John Kissinger

GRAEF

Tim Knepprath

Wellspring Construction Group

Ken Krahe

MSI General Corporation

Mark Lillesand

CG Schmidt Inc

Jared McDaniel

Pepper Construction of Wisconsin

Jeb Meier

Greenfire Management Services LLC

Tim O'Brien

Tim O’Brien Homes

Jeffrey Packee

Lemberg Electric

Steve Raasch

Zimmerman Architectural Studios

Keith Saeger

Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council

Jeff Schaefer

Waukesha Roofing and Sheet Metal

Dan Scheibe

Stier Construction, Inc.

Peter Schwabe

Peter Schwabe, Inc.

Cheryl Sment

Interstate Sealant & Concrete, Inc.

Stan Sugden

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc

Kurt Theune

Mortenson

Mike Timmers

Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

Scott Werner

Adair Commercial Flooring, Inc.

Kevin White

Berghammer Construction Corporation

Nelson Williams

Briohn Building Corporation

Alex Wilson

USA Insulation of Waukesha

Dan Witkofski

CC&N

Eric Wynn

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.