CG Schmidt Announces Promotion of Ryan Schmidt to Managing Director

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CG Schmidt Announces Promotion of Ryan Schmidt to Managing Director, Leading Education Market Operations 

CG Schmidt proudly announces the promotion of Ryan Schmidt from Project Executive to Managing Director, marking an important move to reinforce the company’s commitment to excellence in client service and strategic growth within the education sector, encompassing K-12 and higher education projects. 

Ryan obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Marquette University in 2007 and has professionally returned to campus since then to oversee various improvement projects. In his over 15 years with CG Schmidt, Ryan has taken part in 60 projects that account for $671 million in construction revenue. In the K-12 education sector, Ryan has managed nearly $900 million in construction projects over the last five years, which have contributed to the improvement of learning facilities of approximately 14 school districts across Wisconsin, including a $600 million Racine Unified School District referendum project. The project is an eight-year scope of work that services all 24 school facilities within the district and is set to complete in 2028.  

On a recent project, one client commented, “Ryan and CG Schmidt truly took the time to determine exactly what was needed in our project. We had strict timelines due to school starting, and (Ryan) CG Schmidt was incredibly professional to be sure the job was successfully completed on time. Ryan was always readily available.” 

For over 104 years, CG Schmidt has been synonymous with exceptional construction management, particularly within education construction. Clients include public districts, private schools and higher education institutions. Ryan will spearhead education operations from the firm’s headquarters in Milwaukee while supporting the company’s Madison and Arizona branches. 

Reflecting on Ryan’s rise in the company, Senior Vice President Mark Lillesand remarked, “Ryan embodies the CG Schmidt culture of a client-centered approach. His dedication is more than professional; it’s personal. The relationships he’s built and sustained with administrators, facilities staff, and families from districts across the state of Wisconsin are testament to CG Schmidt’s larger commitment to the communities where we work and live.” 

Family-owned and operated, CG Schmidt is led by President Eric Schmidt and CEO and Chairman of the Board Rick Schmidt. As such, Ryan Schmidt represents the fifth and future generation of CG Schmidt family leadership and will champion CG Schmidt’s commitment to quality construction to support educational excellence.  

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CG Schmidt, a family-owned company since 1920, CG Schmidt is a leader in quality construction management, general construction and design-build services with offices in Wisconsin and Arizona. The company serves the markets of education, healthcare, senior living, multi-family, corporate, industrial, community and religious facilities. As a fifth-generation firm, CG Schmidt is a respected industry leader. The company has built a reputation for tackling the most complex and recognizable projects to create quality, state-of-the-art buildings in communities across the nation. For more information, please visit   

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