February 27, 2019
2018 - A Look Back on a Successful Year

Dear AGC of Greater Milwaukee Members,

This past year has been truly incredible. The construction industry has seen significant growth which has led to a large number of projects in Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin. Whether it’s the completion of high-profile projects like the Fiserv Forum and the Northwestern Mutual Tower, or it’s the first steps of a new development like Foxconn, 2018 is a year that should be celebrated.

With the industry doing so well we are seeing an increase of support and participation in our services, programs and Education and Research Foundation. This incredible dedication to the progress of our industry by you, the members, has allowed us to do some amazing things in 2018. In the following pages join us in taking a look back at 2018 and appreciating everything we have accomplished as an industry.

Yours very truly,

Mike Fabishak

Chief Executive Officer



A special thank you to the 2018 AGC of Greater Milwaukee Board of Directors.
All of our accomplishments in 2018 would not be possible without all of your hard work.

2018 AGC of Greater Milwaukee Board of Directors


Chad Bathke - VJS Construction Services, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Senior Vice President
Jeremy Shecterle - J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc., Vice President

AGC Secretary/Treasurer
Mike Abuls - CG Schmidt, Inc., Executive Vice President Chief Operating Officer

Board of Directors

Immediate Past President
Tim Jones - Mortenson Construction, Vice President of Operations

AGC Education & Research Foundation
Rupert Kotze - Kotze Construction, President

AGC National Director
Kevin O’Toole - Hunzinger Construction, Executive Vice President

Labor Policy Chair
Tim Just - Berghammer Construction Corporation, Operations Manager

Corporate Director
Mike Stern - J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc., Project Manager

Associate Director
Earl Buford - Employ Milwaukee, Chief Executive Officer

Associate Director
Dave Drumel - Staff Electric Co., Inc., Vice President Construction

AGC Construction Leadership Council Chair
Josh Halvorsen - Mortenson Construction, Assistant Superintendent

Check out 2019's Board of Directors here.




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Public Policy Advocacy / Labor Relations

Public Policy Advocacy

Public Policy and governmental affairs play a large role in our services we provide to of members. Through our registered lobbyist, we have been able to monitor and quickly respond to legislative issues that directly impact the construction industry such as Workforce Development and the Reduction of the Statute of Repose. In addition to our direct lobbying efforts, we have partnered with the AGC of America and Voter Voice to provide a platform for our member's voices to be heard on crucial legislative issues that affect commercial construction like the advocacy of Composite Plan Design for pension funds.

Learn More about AGC's Public Policy efforts here.


Labor Relations

This past year the AGC has worked hard to ensure that we are positioned as best we can to advocate on the wide-ranging interests of contractors in our industry. One of the ways we do that is by participating in Labor Management Organizations like the Construction Labor Management Council. Along with participating in these organizations we oversee labor management funds, implement the Construction Trades Substance Abuse Testing & Assistance Program, and are prepared to participate in collective bargaining negotiations with the Bricklayers, Cement Masons and the Laborers in 2019.

Learn more about how the AGC advocates on the wide-ranging interests of contractors in our industry here.

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Safety / Education


Our Safety Staff was out of the office constantly in 2018. From running classes in First Aid/CPR/AED, Forklift Operator Safety Training, and OSHA 10-Hour or 30-Hour training to helping our members keep their jobsites safe, our Safety Staff can be found all over Southeastern Wisconsin promoting AGC’s dedication to safety.

We understand the importance of construction safety and its relationship to the “bottom line”. This is why we established the Rent-a-Safety Director Program. Since its creation, numerous Milwaukee area contractors have taken advantage of what is inarguably the most cost-effective method of providing construction safety for you and your employees.

Learn more about AGC's dedication to safety here.


We’ve seen a huge up-tick in participation in our education courses here at AGC. From Safety classes like OSHA 30-Hour and Rough Terrain Fork Lift Operating, to management education courses like STP and Lean Construction, we have had packed class rooms all year! Our busy education schedule has garnered national attention as AGC of America had us host the brand-new Construction Supervisory Fundamentals (CSF) course!

See what classes the AGC is offering in 2019 here.

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Workforce Development / AGC Education & Research Foundation

Workforce Development

With sustainable project growth in Milwaukee our industry is seeing a tightening labor market. With the help of our Workforce Development partners like WRTP BIG/STEP, we have seen considerable growth in the number of female and minority apprentices in the industry.  As the leading driver of construction workforce development in Southeastern Wisconsin we are committed to the development of workforce solutions that attract and train the most capable and productive individuals to join the commercial construction industry in our area.

Learn more about how AGC aids workforce development here.


The Education & Research Foundation

In 2018 AGC E&R Foundation continued its commitment to investing in construction industry education and research by raising money at our AGC Holiday Gala and the AGC Golf Classic, and numerous CLC events. In 2018 the E&R Foundation presented a $110,000 check to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s (UWM) College of Engineering & Applied Science for a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Infrastructure (VRI) Lab. The Hologram Table, purchased by the AGC, is the center piece of a new VRI Lab, in the heart of UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science. This Hologram Table contains data from actual construction projects, providing students the opportunity to run augmented reality simulations.

Learn more about the AGC's Education & Research Foundation here.


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Construction Leadership Council

This past year the CLC has continued its commitment to provide networking, support, and development opportunities for young professionals employed by AGC Member Companies. Along with the growth of its membership, the CLC has seen increased participation in all its events and education programs. Along with developing young professionals, the CLC also connects students at major Milwaukee universities, like the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Marquette University and Milwaukee School of Engineering, with professionals working in the field to help develop the next generation of construction leaders.

Learn more about the Construction Leadership Council here.

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AGC Events

Annual Meeting

Our Members gathered at the Grand Ballroom of the Wisconsin Club to celebrate another outstanding year in construction in the Greater Milwaukee Area. They were able to meet the 2018 Board of Directors and enjoy the fellowship of our Member colleagues and friends. We had the distinct pleasure of hosting Alan Yang, Senior Foxconn Representative and UW-Madison Alumni, and Matthew Moroney, Director of Strategic Economic Initiatives, Wisconsin Department of Administration, who presented a stimulating and informative update on the Foxconn project.

Check out more pictures from the 2018 Annual Meeting here.


Past Presidents' and Awards Night

The AGC Past Presidents’ and Awards Night recognizes past leadership and congratulates the companies that are receiving Safety Awards along with other award honorees at the Wisconsin Club. Awards given at the Past Presidents’ and Awards Night includes the AGC Special Community Service Award, Skill, Integrity and Responsibility (S.I.R.) Award and the AGC Lifetime Achievement Award.

AGC Special Community Service Award

The AGC Special Community Service Award recognizes distinguished individuals who have unselfishly furthered the interests of our community. This year we wanted to recognize John Schlifske (NML-Chairman & CEO) and Sandy Botcher (NML-Vice President) who were responsible for binging the Northwestern Mutual Insurance tower to fruition. This important project has sparked an extraordinary impact on our industry and has ignited a building renaissance that is unsurpassed in the City of Milwaukee.


S.I.R Award

The S.I.R Award recognizes the dedication and commitment of an individual to the tenets that underline what the AGC is all about; Skill, Integrity, and Responsibility. This Year Tim Jones (Mortenson Construction) was chosen for his leadership as an AGC Board Member and Board President as well as his dedication to his community through his close involvement in various civic and business organizations.


AGC Lifetime Achievement Award

The most prestigious award of the night, the AGC Lifetime Achievement Award, has only been given out a few times since this category was first created. This award is reserved for an individual that has a long, distinguished legacy with the AGC. Recognized that night was Tim Just (Berghammer Construction). Tim has served on the AGC Board for over a decade and for a time as Board Chairman. He has also been the point person for the industry on all labor relations matters as the AGC Labor Policy Chairman.

Check out more pictures from the Past Presidents' and Awards Night here.



AGC Golf Classic

Our Annual AGC Golf Classic was held at the exclusive Wisconsin Country Club. With your help, we have raised over $300,000 for scholarship over the past 10 years.

The beautiful Wisconsin Country Club provided 18 challenging holes that tested our attendees’ skills. The AGC Education & Research Foundation Annual Golf Classic provides a great networking opportunity for construction leaders and their staff.  Along with great networking we had some great prizes for our skill contests, a chance to win a car with a hole-in-one, raffle and door prizes, and even a Golf Cannon to add some fire power to your tee-off!

Visit our Facebook to see more pictures from the AGC Golf Classic here.



AGC Holiday Gala

Each year, we host a dinner and dance along with our auction to raise money for the Education & Research Foundation, providing educational programs and scholarships at our local universities that will allow deserving students the chance to pursue their dreams of a career in construction.  This year’s AGC Holiday Gala was held at the Historic Pfister Hotel. Along with the dinner, dancing, and auction, our members got to create a souvenir at our festive photo booth to help them remember the night!

 Check out more pics  from the AGC Holiday Gala here.

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AGC News
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in March - STP, Crane Rigging Training and Much More!


March 2018
For a complete list of this semester's classes or to register for any classes,
contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100


STP 4: Contract Documents
March 4th, 6th, 11th & 13th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corporate GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Instructor: Kevin Higgs - Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal

This course will provide information about contract documents and construction law to help supervisors recognize the roles and responsibilities of all contracted parties, to develop an understanding of how contract documents can be helpful to solve problems and resolve conflicts, and to develop positive relationships between all parties in the construction process.

Unit 4 Explores:

  • Introduction to contract documents and construction law
  • Creating a positive environment through partnering
  • Contractual relationships
  • Contract forms and documents
  • Managing general conditions
  • Good documentation practices
  • The schedule as documentation
  • Changes
  • Differing site conditions
  • Time impacts
  • Negotiation of resolutions


Crane Rigging Training
March 5th
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Corporate GC/CM - $70 plus $20 for materials, Associate - $85 plus $20 for materials, *CBA’s - $100 plus $30 for materials, Non-Affiliated IAP - $160 plus $40 for materials.
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

In addition to qualified signalpersons and certified operators, the new OSHA crane standard requires employees who perform rigging operations to be “qualified.”  This course has been developed by the Crosby Group to assist employers in qualifying their personnel as “Qualified Riggers” as required in the new crane standards.  The standard also requires an experience component which is not provided in this course. Note: This course is four hours in length.  To receive a card verifying their attendance in this class, attendees must be present the entire four hours. 


Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
March 7th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corporate GC/CM - $35, Associate - $50, *CBA’s - $60, Non-Affiliated IAP - $100
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

OSHA requires you to meet new requirements under the Crane Standard for Construction Operations – Subpart CC.  Effective November 10, 2018, anyone performing crane signals on a construction site has to be “qualified.”  For your employees to fit into this category, they must: be competent in the application of the types of signals used, have a basic understanding of crane operations and limitations, know and understand the new crane standard as it applies to signaling, and demonstrate all of the above through testing.  This new course will help contractors meet their obligations under this newly revised standard.

Intended Audience:  This training is intended for anyone who intends to perform signalperson duties on construction jobsites. 


The Economics of Safety
March 18th
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Corporate. GC/CM - $35, Associate - $50, *CBA’s - $60, Non-Affiliated IAP - $100
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Today’s challenging economic climate is not the time to back off on safety, but instead to charge ahead with communicating the importance of an accident-free workplace.  Establishing safety objectives and defining responsibilities has never been as critical as it is today.  Holding people accountable for their actions and evaluating their performance can have a big impact on the bottom line.  At one organization, the average cost of a shoulder injury was $50,000, a back injury was $35,000, a knee injury was $30,000 and a hand injury was approximately $20,000.  Learn how to prevent these losses and protect your bottom line!

Intended Audience: This course is designed for anyone within the construction industry who is charged with the responsibility to manage jobsite safety.


Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
March 20th
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Corporate GC/CM - $35, Associate - $50, *CBA’s - $60, Non-Affiliated IAP - $100
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Employers do have rights during the inspection process, but you must be aware of what they are if you hope to exercise them.  As OSHA continues to change the way it does business, it’s more likely your jobsite will be inspected.  The more you know about handling an OSHA inspection, the more likely your experience will be less painful and costly.  This course will help you find out what you might be doing that catches the eye of the trained OSHA inspector and how to successfully navigate your way through the inspection process.

Intended Audience: This course is designed for anyone who works on jobsites and is especially beneficial to field supervisors and their crews.


Conflict Resolution During a Crisis, Perspectives from Non-Contractor Stakeholders - Panel Discussion
March 26th
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Corporate GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75

Surviving, or even avoiding, a crisis may depend in large part on the strength of your relationships with other stakeholders to a construction project. Understanding others’ perspectives goes a long way toward accomplishing your own goals. To help you better understand the needs of these other parties, the AGC has assembled a team of experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds for an open panel discussion.

These panelists have all been to hell and back and still managed to strengthen partnerships along the way. Their unique perspectives can help provide contractors with crucial insights necessary to manage conflict during crises. This program will help your team appreciate what’s important and why, helping you maintain crucial business relationships and hopefully avoid costly pitfalls.

Intended audience: Junior Executives; Project Managers; and Superintendents.

For a complete list of this semester's classes or to Register for any classes,
contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100

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