Construction Leadership Council (CLC)

Construction Leadership Council

The Construction Leadership Council of Greater Milwaukee (CLC) is a service of the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee (AGC-GM) and is geared toward young professionals employed by AGC-GM Member Companies. The CLC is a program that has been put in place to address the needs of young professionals and the industry.

This forum functions as a place for young professionals to network and receive support. At the same time, it aids the industry by highlighting its future leaders, supporters, and voice.

In order to better serve the members of the CLC and to continue to develop meaningful programming, the CLC Committee has implemented a fee schedule for participation in CLC events.

CLC Membership Information

Becoming a member of the CLC is easy and will present a vast array of opportunities to grow you professional network, learn, and give back to the industry and your community.

To become a member, complete and return our CLC Membership Application. For more information, contact us directly at (414) 778-4100 or hkruger@agc-gm.org.

Events & Activities

The CLC’s three tenets of Networking, Service and Education are reflected in our many events and activities throughout the year. Annual events include:

  • Annual Kickoff
  • Annual Golf Outing
  • National Leadership Development Conference
  • Brewers Tailgate Social
  • Annual All-Student Chapter Meeting
  • Student-Professional Social Bowl
  • Jobsite Tours
  • Make a Difference Day
  • Holiday Party

Click here for a calendar of AGC and CLC events or contact us today at (414) 778-4100 or hkruger@agc-gm.org to learn more about these events and how to join the CLC.

Steering Committee and Member Directory

The CLC Steering Committee is comprised of current and future industry leaders, from a wide spectrum of industry perspectives, and whose focus and dedication allow us to carry out our mission of Networking, Service and Education.

2020 CLC Steering Committee:

Chair: Christina Sladky – Hunzinger Construction
Vice-Chair: Jim Fleming – Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
Past-Chair: Ben Bergles – VJS Construction Services
General Committee Members:

Leah Hendricks – JF Ahern Co.
Randy Hill – David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc.
Tony Niemiec – State Painting Company
Ryan Hetzel – Hetzel-Sanfilippo, Inc
Andy Sisler – Creative Constructors, LLC
Zach Gaatz – JH Findorff & Son Inc.
Chris Minnich – Hunzinger Construction
Kurt Kalhagen – Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Ethan Sippel – CG Schmidt

2020 CLC Member Directory

*Beeler Construction, Inc. – (262) 252-7000
Chad Beeler

Briohn Building Corp. – (262) 790-0500
Mike Miksich

Building Service Inc. (BSI) – (262) 955-6263
Kevin Krell

Ceco Concrete Construction LLC – (414) 448-0065
Max Wichmer

*CG Schmidt, Inc. – (414) 577-1177
Ryan Schmidt
Ethan Sippel
Elijah Gallien

*Common Links Construction LLC – (262) 317-4400
Richard Murphy

Creative Constructors, LLC – (262) 502-7710
Andy Sisler

*David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc. – (262) 255-4888
Randy Hill

Davis & Kuelthou, S.C. – (414) 225-1414
Brian Pfeil

Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental – (414) 453-5335
Kyle Emon
Tyler Weiher

*Duwe Metal Products, Inc. – (262) 781-5775
Jeannie Lauret

F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc. – (414) 445-4141
Don Walter

*Grunau Co., Inc. – (414) 216-6900
Joe Kratz

Hays Companies of Wisconsin – (414) 290-3578
Kerry Klecic

*Hetzel-Sanfilippo Inc. – (262) 522-6778
Ryan Hetzel

Hunzinger Construction – (262) 797-0797
Brian Holz
Christina Sladky

*J.F. Ahern Co. – (414) 921-7580
Angie Benike

*J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. – (414) 272-8788
Shauna Boyer
Mike Stern
Matt Brennan

*J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc. – (608) 754-6601
Devin White
Zachary Albert
James Winter
Joe Chwala
Shawn Hinke
Brandon Tomczak
Brian Miller
Ryan Greve
Carson Crist

LaForce Inc. – (262) 252-5150
Paul Olson
Jay Mantei
Michael Husting
Bryan Huffman
Kristina Buri
Jestin Heimbruch

*Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. – (414) 476-5800
James Fleming

Lippert Flooring and Tile – (262) 437-9300
Kyle Peters

Lockton Companies – (414) 270-8725
Sean Coykendall

*Mortenson Construction – (262) 879-2500

Sanchez Painting Contractors – (414) 643-4610
Jose Sanchez

Selzer-Ornst Co. – (262) 212-3232
Lucas Bourassa

Sitzberger & Co., S.C. – (262) 860-1724
Josh Kaiser

*State Painting Company – (414) 545-6774
Tony Niemiec

United States Alliance Fire Protection, Inc. – (262) 782-3311
Jenna Jordan

*VJS Construction Services – (262) 542-9000
Ben Bergles

*Company at Large Membership – Allows any one employee from the company to attend an event. Company may purchase multiple At Large Memberships allowing them to select multiple employees per event.

Individual Membership – Allows a specified employee to attend all events through the year. There is no limit to the number of employees a company can register for a CLC Individual Membership.

Student Chapters & Updates

The CLC has a strong relationship with the universities and students in the Milwaukee area, offering networking, professional development and service opportunities. We are proud of our robust student chapters at Marquette University, MSOE and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

To learn more about these chapters, contact us at (414) 778-4100 or hkruger@agc-gm.org.

CLC Membership Information

Becoming a member of the CLC is easy and will present a vast array of opportunities to grow you professional network, learn, and give back to the industry and your community.

To become a member, complete and return our CLC Membership Application. For more information, contact us directly at (414) 778-4100 or hkruger@agc-gm.org.

Links & Resources

The CLC of Greater Milwaukee is part of a nation-wide network of CLC Chapters and is a partner of the CLC National Chapter. For more information, follow the links below:

 

AGC Board of Directors

President’s Message

There’s no question the construction industry is rapidly evolving. Those of us who’ve been in this business for some time can see the changes. Our systems, tools and equipment – and our ability to use them – keep getting better every year. Advanced modeling technologies help us visualize, plan and execute projects faster, safer and with more reliability. Lean construction concepts challenge us to think “outside the box.” And there seems to be growing recognition that collaboration rather than posturing leads to better, more satisfying project outcomes.

AGC of Greater Milwaukee will be more relevant than ever during this time of change. As the unifying organization for the local construction community, the AGC-GM provides programs and resources to its membership in the areas of safety, education, and labor relations. These will continue to be central elements of what we do in 2020. But other core aspects of our association will be increasingly important in the years to come:

Workforce Development

It’s a fact that tomorrow’s construction workforce will look different than it does today. To maintain and build capacity, we have to cast a wider net and bring more people into the industry. That means deliberately reaching out to a broader, more diverse group of people for talent and resources. It also means employing more apprentices on our jobs so they can develop the craft skills our projects demand. The AGC-GM has been a pioneer in creating pathways for people to enter the industry through programs like WRTP Big Step and the Construction Labor Management Council. While these programs help connect people to opportunities, it’s up to us as individual employers to proactively hire non-traditional employees and give young people the chance to prove themselves on our projects.

Public Policy

While the AGC-GM represents the interests of its membership it should also serve as the go-to voice of the construction industry. We need to be advocates for industry best practices that make the building process more efficient and less wasteful. Collaborative project delivery approaches such as design-build and CM-at-risk should be options for public sector projects as they are in other states and governmental jurisdictions. And we need to speak out against legislative initiatives driven by politics and misinformation rather than a clear understanding of how the construction industry operates.

Professional Development and Relationship Building

Our Construction Leadership Council is one of the most active chapters in the country. This group helps grow and develop our next generation of construction professionals. More importantly, however, the CLC is about relationship building, and relationships are, and will remain, central to how our industry operates. While our member firms are often fierce competitors in the pursuit of projects, we all share a common passion for building. It’s our interpersonal relationships, and leveraging what unites us, that allows us to cooperatively solve problems and overcome building challenges.

2020 will also be a year of change for the AGC-GM organization. After 21 years of dedicated, thoughtful leadership, Mike Fabishak is retiring as AGC-GM’s President and CEO. We thank Mike for his commitment to the AGC-GM and for the positive impact he’s made on the construction industry in southeastern Wisconsin. While it will be difficult to replace Mike’s knowledge, skill and experience, we hope to have a new President/CEO on-board by mid-spring of this year.

We’re also exploring ways to make the AGC-GM a more efficient organization. By collaborating with the AGC of Wisconsin in the areas of legal services and labor relations we can eliminate service redundancies and strengthen our position in labor contract negotiations. We expect these efforts will be beneficial to both AGC chapters.

I’m honored to serve as your 2020 AGC-GM president. I look forward to working with the talented AGC-GM staff and our dedicated board members this year to advance the interests of the commercial construction industry.

Sincerely,

Mike Abuls
CG Schmidt, Inc.
2020 AGC-GM President

 

2021 Board of Directors

AGC Past President
Mike Abuls
CG Schmidt, Inc.

AGC President
Mike Stern
Findorff & Son

AGC Senior Vice President
Matt Tadisch
Selzer-Ornst Co.

AGC Secretary/Treasurer
Scott Heberlein
Mortenson Construction

National AGC Director
Kevin O’Toole
Hunzinger Construction

AGC Education & Research Foundation Chairman
Rupert Kotze
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.

AGC Labor Policy Chair
Tim Just
Just Construction Consulting

AGC Director
Shannon Metoxen
J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.

AGC Associate Director
Kimberly Wacker
Spancrete

AGC Associate Director
Jose Sanchez
Sanchez Painting Contractors

2021 AGC Construction Leadership Council Chairman
Christina Sladky
Hunzinger Construction