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.

Construction companies come together through the Alliance

The Waukesha County Business Alliance has launched the Construction Alliance, a platform for construction and skilled trades companies to share ideas, encourage innovation and target new talent.

Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo

On Thursday, January 24, more than 800 fifth through eighth graders came to Milwaukee Tool for the first annual Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo.

Interactive, hands-on activities get students excited about careers in the skilled trades

On Thursday, October 18, more than 1,000 middle and high school students in Waukesha County attended the Alliance’s 4th annual M.A.D.E. Career Pathways Expo at Waukesha County Technical College to learn more about careers in the manufacturing, automotive, design, engineering and construction industries. This was our biggest career expo to date. 35 local employers were […]

Redefining “hands-on learning”

By: Tim O’Brien, CEO of Tim O’Brien Homes. Oconomowoc High School’s Building Trades III course and New Berlin area high schools’ Construction III course bring new meaning to the term hands-on learning.

Developing future-ready students in the Pewaukee School District

By: Mike Cady, PhD, superintendent of the Pewaukee School District. Over the past year the Pewaukee School District (PSD) has been able to successfully implement Academic Career Planning (ACP) practices with our students at the middle and high school levels.

Full Integration

By: Reginald Reed, CEO, Mindful Staffing. Everyone seems to be struggling to find good employees for long-term corporate and economic growth, and with projects like Foxconn already underway, it’s only going to get worse.


Construction Executive Council

Holly Hawkins

Chair
President – Milwaukee Office
Tri-North Builders

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

Susie Feia

Owner
Feia Construction, LLC

Mike Hallada

Construction Services Team Leader
Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

Tim Knepprath

President
Wellspring Construction Group

Ken Krahe

President
MSI General Corporation

Tim O'Brien

CEO/President
Tim O’Brien Homes

Dan Scheibe

Vice President
Stier Construction, Inc.

Cheryl Sment

President & CEO
Interstate Sealant & Concrete, Inc.

Joel Stueland

VP of Milwaukee Operations
Corporate Contractors Inc.

Dave Thompson

CEO
Swimming Pool Services

Jason Young

President
Price Erecting Company