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        Proven Integrity:

In our ninety-four year history, CG Schmidt has never been involved in a lawsuit with a client or architect.

Recent Awards:

2013 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Top Places to Work

2012 Business Journal’s - Healthiest Employer

2012 Vision Award for Ingenuity by the Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women (WCREW) for the Clock Shadow Building Project

2012 ENR Midwest's Best Green Project - Clock Shadow Building Project

2012 Daily Reporter’s Newsmakers of the Year - Builder of the Year

2012 Daily Reporter’s Newsmakers of the Year - Estimator of the Year:Mike Hoadley, MEP Engineer

2012 In Business Magazine's Commercial Design Award - Best New Development or Renovation Large Project

2012 Daily Reporter's Top Projects - Best in Show Award - UW-Madison's Union South

2012 Daily Reporter's Top Projects - Wisconsin Humane Society - OzaukeeCampus

2012 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Top Places to Work

2012 Wisconsin Business Ethics Award (WBEA)
 in the large company category by the Society of Financial Service Professionals.

2011
 Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award - Grand Award.

2011 Largest Milwaukee-Area Construction Firms
 by the MilwaukeeBusiness Journal.

2011 Department of Administration's Minority Business Enterprise Accolade Award for our efforts on UW-Madison's New South Campus Union project. This is the highest honor the state awards to acknowledge private sector partners that demonstrate superior minority involvement in state procurement and construction-related activities.

2011 Impact Achievement Award by the Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women (WCREW) for the UW-Madison New South Campus Union project.

2011 Daily Reporter's Newsmakers of the Year - Estimator of the Year: Doug Franecki, Senior Estimator.

2011 Daily Reporter's Newsmakers of the Year - SuperSuper: Rod Marron, Superintendent, for his sustainability efforts onthe Monroe Clinic and Hospital Addition project.

2011 Deloitte's Wisconsin 75 List of the largest privatecompanies in Wisconsin.

Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Safety During 2010 by the Department of Workforce Development and the Wisconsin Safety Council.

Certificate of Commendation for Excellent Safety Record 2010 from the Associated General Contractors of America for a Zero Incidence Rate - 50,000 work hours and over building division.

2001 National Build America Award from the American General Contractors (AGC), for the construction management of the Milwaukee Art Museum project.

Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) member, 1 of only 3 firms in Wisconsin to receive this highest OSHA rating. 

CG Schmidt has a very low Experience Modifier Rating (EMR), ranking us in thetop 2% of the safest construction firms in the nation.

Outstanding General Contractor Award from the AmericanSubcontractors Association of Greater Milwaukee six times.

CG Schmidt was one of the founding members of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance (WGBA), the only statewide green building organization at the time of its inception.

We build trust with our clients by offering a two-year, floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall warranty on all of our workmanship.

Solid Leadership:

Richard “Rick” Schmidt, Jr., PE – President and CEO
Rick Schmidt has served as President and CEO of CG Schmidt since 2006. Previously, Rick served as Vice President and Regional Manager for Payne & Dolan, one of the largest producers and contractors of asphalt pavements and aggregate materials in the Midwest.

Rick graduated from Marquette University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is the past president of the Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association, the Marquette University Engineering Alumni Association, and also a past member on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Transportation Development Association.

He currently serves on the Pius High School, “Project Lead the Way” Community Planning Team, Marquette University Construction Engineering and Management Advisory Board, Marquette University College of Engineering National Advisory Committee, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Diversity Committee, Milwaukee Art Museum Board of Directors, Zoological Society of Milwaukee Board of Directors, YMCA Executive Board of Directors, PAVE Board of Directors and the Building Trades United Pension Trust Fund Board of Trustees. Rick is a registered professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin.

Rick received the Marquette University Engineering Alumni Association "Service Award" in 1997 and the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers "Professional Engineer of the Year in Construction" in 2001. In 2009, Rick received the prestigious “Harvey Peterson Safety Award” from the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee.

Board of Directors

Geoff Knudson
Geoff has 40 years of construction industry experience, nine of which were with CG Schmidt. Beginning his career as a field engineer, he rose to the level of company President by the age of 37. Geoff’s professional and community affiliations include the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee, and the Better Business Bureau.

Bronson Haase
Bronson’s professional and community affiliations include the Greater Milwaukee United Way, United Performing Arts Fund, Milwaukee Boys & Girls Club, Boys & Girls Club Camp, Marquette University Business College, and the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Corporate Council. Bronson previously served as President and CEO - Wisconsin Gas, President - Ameritech Wisconsin, and President - Wisconsin Bell.
 
Tom Fischer
Tom currently serves as principal of Fischer Financial Consulting LLC, providing consult on corporate financial, accounting and governance matters. He previously served as partner of Arthur Andersen LLP, working with clients such as SC Johnson, Quadgraphics, Kohler and Manpower. Tom’s professional and community affiliations include the University of Notre Dame’s Worldwide Alumni Association, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and the House of Peace in Milwaukee.
 
Larry Compton
Larry currently owns the Penworthy Company in Milwaukee, a retailer which sells children’s library books to schools and libraries across the country. He has previously held positions with The Trane Company and Anderson/Roethle, Inc. Larry’s professional and community affiliations include Economics Wisconsin, which provides economic and financial education to Wisconsin teachers, and the Historic Third Ward Association.

Jill Grootemaat Pelisek
Jill is the Lawrence G. Regner Executive-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor in the School of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She teaches courses in the Helen Bader Institute of Nonprofit Management in the area of management of nonprofit organizations at the graduate level. She is a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass Advisory Board, Business Advisory Council of the UWM School of Business Administration, Columbia-St Mary’s Health System’s Joint Conference Committee and Audit and Corporate Responsibility Committee, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Council of UWM School of Business Administration , Gilda’s Club Advisory Council, Milwaukee Women’s Center Advisory Committee, Mount Mary Women’s Leadership Advisory Board, Professional Dimensions, Rotary Club of Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Veterinary Medicine Development Council.

Theran Welsh
Theran joined Suby, Von Haden & Associates in December 2005 as lead principal of the Construction Industry Services Group. A Certified Public Accountant since 1988, Theran advises construction, real estate and distribution businesses, many of which are family owned. Theran has a B.S. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984, and was an All-American Hockey Player in 1980.


Madison Advisory Board Members

David Kellar
Now with Kellar Real Estate Group, David has over 17 years of commercial real estate experience serving national, regional and local clients. David is also a past president of the Realtors Association of South Central Wisconsin (1998) and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin and is a member of the State of Wisconsin Commercial Building Code Council.

Jim Cole
As a Partner with Quarles & Brady, Jim practices in the intellectual property and commercial litigation areas. He is a respected litigation attorney and a skilled mediator of intellectual property, commercial, construction and media disputes. Jim's experience in open court and behind the closed doors of the negotiating room enables him to guide disputing parties through many of the legal and procedural pitfalls, holdups and blockades that can prevent effective resolution of their disagreements.

Regina Millner 
Regina M. Millner founded her company, RMM Enterprises, Inc. in 1991.  Over the years, its work has specialized in complex real estate projects for clients in government and the private sector.  She is currently serving on the board of Madison Gas & Electric Company as well.  Recently, she has served on the boards of Meriter Hospital; Meriter Health Services, Inc., serving as its chair in 2001 through 2003; Wisconsin State Equity Corporation; and Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation. Regina has also recently served or is serving on the boards of Chazen Art Museum; Downtown Madison, Inc.; Madison Children’s Museum; Wisconsin Alumnae Association; Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; TEMPO Madison; and Rotary Club of Madison.

Theran Welsh
Theran is also a member of the Madison Advisory Board for CG Schmidt along with the Board of Directors. Please see his profile above.