Construction Alliance

The Waukesha County Construction Alliance 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.

Founding Sponsor:


Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo

On Thursday, February 6, more than 1,000 fifth through eighth graders came to Milwaukee Tool for the second annual Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo. Students gained exposure to career opportunities in the construction industry through interactive activities run by forty different construction and skilled trades companies. Activities included: working in a mock demolition room, […]

Sikich Announced as Founding Partner of the Construction Alliance

Created as a platform for construction and skilled trades companies to share ideas, encourage innovation and target new talent, the Construction Alliance is proud to announce Sikich LLP as a founding partner. As experts in the construction industry, Sikich provides the tools and insight needed to help protect businesses especially during times of economic change. […]

Ramping up business education partnerships

Now that area students are one month in to the 2019-20 school year, the Alliance is officially kicking off our school year business and education programs.

Supporting expungement reform

Workforce development is the number one issue facing Waukesha County, the Milwaukee 7 region and our state. With record-low levels of unemployment in Wisconsin and an aging workforce, employers and workforce leaders recognize that criminal justice reform can improve both the labor market and life outcomes for people with criminal records. Supporting programs that assist […]

Addressing the workforce issue

As part of a comprehensive strategy to address the workforce issue, the Waukesha County Business Alliance is working to connect businesses and educational institutions. It’s important for us to work together to make sure students are both college- AND career-ready after high school graduation. Click here to watch the video. This video was originally shown […]

Connecting Counselors

Our first Connecting Counselors program was on Wednesday, April 10. Connecting Counselors is a complimentary networking program for educators in southeast Wisconsin. Middle and high school counselors have the opportunity to learn about one new post-secondary program/degree available to students that supports the in-demand industries of manufacturing, construction, health care and information technology. The “speed […]


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

Holly Hawkins

Chair
President – Wisconsin
Kelly Construction & Design LLC

Jason Schneider

Vice Chair
Partner/Director of Project Management
VJS Construction Services

Larry Barton

President & CEO
Strang Inc

Leah Bitar

Co-Owner/CEO
L.H. Krueger and Son, Inc.

Steve Carr

Project Engineer
Jens Construction Corporation

Roger Daniels

Sr. Vice President, Architectural & Design
Building Service Inc. (BSI)

Mike Duffek

Duffek Construction LLC

Susie Feia

Owner
Feia Construction, LLC

Tim Guilette

Chief Operating Officer
Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling

Mike Hallada

Construction Services Team Leader
Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

Kevin Kendellen

Construction Technology Manager
Riley Construction Company, Inc.

Grant Klumb

Vice President, Owner
Unite Utility

Katie Klumb

President, Owner
Unite Utility

Tim Knepprath

President
Wellspring Construction Group

Ken Krahe

President
MSI General Corporation

Garrett Martell

Owner
Two Day Painting

Jeb Meier

Greenfire Management Services LLC

Tim O'Brien

CEO/President
Tim O’Brien Homes

Ryan O'Toole

Vice President, Business Development
Hunzinger Construction Company

Jim Olson

Director of Business Development – Southern WI
Consolidated Construction Company Inc

Tina Reese

President
The Reese Group LLC

Dan Scheibe

Vice President
Stier Construction, Inc.

Cheryl Sment

President & CEO
Interstate Sealant & Concrete, Inc.

Joel Stueland

VP of Milwaukee Operations
Corporate Contractors Inc.

Diane Welhouse

Executive Director
NARI Milwaukee

Jason Young

President
Price Erecting Company