DAILY REPORTER NAMES MIKE ABULS & BEN FALLS ICON OF CONSTRUCTION & RISING YOUNG PROFESSIONAL
The Daily Reporter hosts an annual event that honors those in the industry with less than 8 years of experience (Rising Young Professionals) along with the career-long standouts (Icons) who have more than 15 years of experience and have helped to build and maintain excellence in the construction and related fields. Congratulations, Mike and Ben!
MIKE ABULS – Icon of Construction
One of the top construction executives in the state, Mike Abuls has defined leadership, innovation and professionalism for CG Schmidt for decades. As COO, Mike provides a shining example of what true leadership entails, through his humility, grace and passion for the industry and the firm – every day. Well-known and respected throughout the construction industry, Mike has led CG Schmidt to become one of the largest construction management firms in Wisconsin.
As CG Schmidt’s operations leader, Mike has initiated and deployed innovative quality, safety, lean construction and project management systems to improve how projects are planned and delivered. He’s an advocate for alternative forms of project delivery including design-build and Construction Management At-Risk. He has been a past presenter and guest lecturer at industry conferences and professional development programs including the National Safety Council, the USC Milwaukee ACRE program, and the MMSD Building Capacity initiative.
He also recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the industry and has helped drive CG Schmidt’s commitment to diversity through its mentor/protegee relationships with JCP Construction, its self-directed diversity program and its work with small and disadvantaged contractors, suppliers and other partners.
BEN FALLS – Rising Young Professional
Ben Falls, has been a valued employee of CG Schmidt for six years. In this relatively short amount of time, he has been promoted three levels. His most recent promotion to the Construction Manager position includes a dual role which only one other person in the firm occupies. This new role is a testament to the amount of trust and responsibility CG Schmidt trusts him with; Ben is truly a rising star within the industry.