Construction/Skilled Trades

The Alliance’s construction/skilled trades collaborative is focused on raising the perception of the available career pathway opportunities within the industry and creating interest in pursing the trades as a viable option. 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.

For 2018, the committee will focus their efforts on the following:

  1. Support area K-12 school districts and post-secondary institutions in their efforts to implement and/or expand construction/skilled trade programs
  2. Connect construction/skilled trade businesses to nontraditional sources of employees

By partnering with area high schools, the construction/skilled trades collaborative works to engage students, parents and educators to learn more about career pathways, salaries and options available in the skilled trades. Annually, the construction/skilled trades collaborative participates in the Alliance’s MADE Career Fair, which brings 800 high school students to learn about career paths in the manufacturing, construction, engineering and automotive industries.

Construction/Skilled Trades Committee

Paul Atkinson

Belman Homes

Bud Bessler

OLIVER Construction Co

Leah Bitar

L.H. Krueger and Son, Inc.

Dajen Bohacek

Plumbing Mechanical Sheet Metal Contractors’ Alliance (PMSMCA)

Steve Carr

Jens Construction Corporation

Susie Feia

Feia Construction, LLC

Rob Freiboth


Lynette Fritz

OwnersEdge Inc

Justin Gross

VJS Construction Services

Holly Hawkins

Tri-North Builders

Werner Holentunder

Berghammer Construction Corporation

Tim Knepprath

Wellspring Construction Group

Dan Maurer

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

Mark Montgomery

Waukesha County Technical College

Tim O'Brien

Tim O’Brien Homes

Jim Parks

Berghammer Construction Corporation

Emilie Poehlmann

OwnersEdge Inc

Reginald Reed

Mindful Staffing Solutions

Peter Schwabe

Peter Schwabe, Inc.

Toby VanSistine

Metropolitan Builders Association

Diane Welhouse

Milwaukee NARI

Bart Wellenstein

AMCS Incorporated

Matt Wolf

Interstate Sealant & Concrete, Inc