December 16, 2019
Association News
 
AGC CEO, Mike Fabishak, Stepping Down in 2020

Earlier this week we announced that Mike Fabishak, the association’s CEO for the past two decades, will be stepping down next year.

Fabishak began in his current role as CEO in 1998 and led their operations and management, building the AGC into the largest commercial construction association in the state. During his tenure, he guided over 350 general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers—who were responsible for over $35 billion of commercial construction in the Greater Milwaukee area. Notable projects include: We Energies Power Plant, Miller Park, Fiserv Center, NML, Calatrava Wing of the Milwaukee Art Museum the Modern and University Tower.

As Chief Executive Officer, he played a critical role in helping the association adapt to significant changes in the construction industry. He served as a champion in prioritizing new construction technologies, establishing partnerships to promote increased diversity, worked to align multiple workforce development initiatives, fostered increased union/management cooperation and partnerships, and served as the industry’s chief lobbyist in Madison. This was in addition to leading the AGC staff and providing numerous association programs and services.

“Fabishak has contributed over 20 years of achievement on behalf of the AGC and its membership. His work ethic, command of complex issues/relationships and devotion to the construction industry and community at large have been exemplary,” said Jeremy Shecterle, President of the AGC. “He has been a mentor to many, and his influence has made an indelible impact on a generation of individuals in our industry.”

Prior to being named Chief Executive Officer of AGC, Fabishak served in a variety of leadership roles. From 1987 to 1998, he was the Executive Vice President of the Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee, where he was instrumental in creating the Home Builders Expo at the Milwaukee Convention Center, revitalizing the Annual Parade of Homes and growing the organization into one of the largest (1,200 member companies) in the Midwest.

The AGC is seeking applications to fill the open Chief Executive Officer position. If you you or anyone you know is interested in this position, the application can be found here.

 

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AGC Holiday Gala Makes for a Night Filled with Celebration and Giving!
Lost your pictures from the photobooth? We've got you covered!
What an Amazing night at the Westin! This year's AGC Holiday Gala was a perfect way to close out 2019. Thank you to everyone who attended, donated to the silent auction or sponsored this great event!

All of the money raised from this event and the silent auction goes directly to the AGC's Education & Research Foundation! The E&R Foundation provides educational programs and scholarships at our local universities that will allow deserving students the chance to pursue their dreams of a career in construction. The Foundation’s scholarships include:

  • The MSOE AGC Scholarship
  • The Marquette University Robert Caspari Scholarship
  • The Marquette University Skill, Integrity, Responsibility Scholarship
  • The UW-Milwaukee Skill, Integrity, Responsibility Scholarship
Lost Your Pictures from the photobooth? We've got the digital copies on our Facebook Page!

AGC President, Jeremy Shecterle, celebrating with his colleagues from JP Cullen

 Special Thanks to Everyone who Donated and Sponsored
Babcock Solutions LLC
Balestrieri Environmental & Development, Inc
Breadsmith
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Inc.
Goody Gourmets
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
International Concrete Products, Inc.
iSqFt
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Kotze Construction
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Michels Corporation
Milwaukee Film
Milwaukee Tools
Mortenson Construction
Riv/Crete Ready Mix
Spancrete
VJS Construction Services

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CLC's Luncheon with the Legends Attracts 100 Professionals to the Wisconsin Club

What a turnout! Over 100 professional attended our Learn from the Legends Luncheon at The Wisconsin Club.

Our panel of legends gave candid and insightful answers to an array of topics including the best pieces of advice they’ve received throughout their careers, the skills necessary to become an esteemed leader, their outlook on the future of Milwaukee’s construction industry, and how technology has changed throughout the course of their careers.

 

Special thanks to our incredible panel of Legends
Rick Schmidt - CG Schmidt, Inc.
Adam Jelen - Gilbane Building Company
Kevin O’Toole - Hunzinger Construction Company
Les Lippert - Lippert Flooring and Tile


 

 Learn from the Legends Luncheon Sponsors
Babcock Solutions, LLC
CG Schmidt
David J. Frank Landscape Contracting, Inc.
Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Inc.
Gilbane Building
J.F. Ahern Co.
Langer Roofing
Marquette University
Inpro Corp
Zurich Insurance

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AGC Annual Meeting Featuring Rocky Marcoux - Future Construction Markets in Milwaukee
Don't Miss One of the AGC's Largest Networkign Events of the Year

INVITATIONS COMING SOON!
January 14th, 2019

AGC Annual Meeting and Networking Dinner
Wisconsin Club 

Invitations are being sent for the AGC Annual Meeting and Networking Dinner. Join us Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at the Grand Ballroom of the Wisconsin Club to celebrate the start of another outstanding year in construction in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Meet the 2020 Board of Directors, and enjoy the fellowship of your colleagues and friends.

We are also very excited to have Rocky Marcoux, Commissioner of the Department of City Development, present on Future Construction Markets in Milwaukee.

This event is one of the most valuable networking opportunities we host all year.  With upwards of half the attendees representing one of our 40 General Contractor Members, you are bound to make some valuable connections!  Many lasting professional relationships have been developed during the reception hour and dinner.

Thank You to All of Our Sponsors!
Babcock Solutions, LLC
The Brehmer Agency
Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Inc.
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
Sanchez Painting Contractors
Spancrete

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Get in Front of the Industry and Save While Doing it!
2020 AGC Event Sponsorship Opportunities

The AGC offers many opportunities throughout the year for companies to sponsor one of our many networking events. Now, AGC members can bundle their sponsorships for our largest events with our brand new Sponsorship Packages. Along with being cost effective, our Sponsorship Packages will help you accurately and easily budget for all 2020 sponsorships.

Learn more about our Sponsorship Packages here.

Sponsorship at AGC events provides a wide range of benefits to your company including:

  • Demonstrating your company’s dedication to the construction industry and many key decision makers in our region
  • Increasing your brand awareness.
  • Creating positive corporate public relations opportunities.
  • Gaining recognition as a key player in the construction industry.
  • Setting your company apart from your competitors

 

Special Thanks to the Companies Who Have Already Taken Advantage of our Sponsorship Packages!
Babcock Solutions, LLC
Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Inc.
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
Spancrete
Sanchez Painting Contractors

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Industry News
 
Long-delayed Downtown Couture Apartment High-rise Might Finally be Completing its Financing Package

The long-delayed Couture apartment high-rise might finally be completing its financing package.

In a tweet sent Tuesday night, WISN-AM radio talk show host Mark Belling said Couture developer Rick Barrett "gets $31 million today in deal underwritten by Baird."

Barrett, who operates Barrett Lo Visionary Development LLC, on Wednesday said there's currently nothing to report.

“We are hard at work to complete the last piece of financing to make this iconic, transformative building a reality," Barrett said in a statement. "We continue to make good progress, but have nothing new to share at this time."

There also was no confirmation from either the Department of City Development or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — both of which have been involved in the Couture financing.

"DCD remains optimistic that the financing will come together," said Jeff Fleming, department spokesman.
Also, Barrett Lo hasn't yet reapplied for a HUD loan guarantee, said Gina Rodriguez, an agency spokeswoman.

"There's been dialogue, but there's no firm commitment of anything," she said.The Couture's prospects took a big step...Read full article here.

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95 Apartments and Storefronts Advance at River1 in Milwaukee's Harbor District
Michels Corp. is moving ahead with plans for 95 apartments and retail spaces, including a restaurant along the Kinnickinnic River, at its River1 development in Milwaukee.

Those could come online starting in late spring 2021, said Blair Williams, president of WiRED Properties and development consultant to the Michels family. The apartments and retail would join a hotel and two office buildings planned at River1 at South First and West Becher streets in Milwaukee’s Harbor District.

Construction has been underway on the property since the start of this year. The work thus far has included driving hundreds of foundation piles and construction of a parking structure that will cover nearly all of the property. The rest of River1 will stand atop that structure.

The four stories of new apartments would line First Street between Becher and the Kinnickinnic River. They would stand above a first floor with 19,000 square feet of retail space. That includes a corner spot for a coffee shop at First and Becher, and a full-service restaurant opening onto a public river walk on the waterfront, Williams said.

As an amenity for the housing, that restaurant could deliver food to the apartments above, he said. Residents could also... Read full article here.

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Association News
AGC CEO, Mike Fabishak, Stepping Down in 2020
AGC Holiday Gala Makes for a Night Filled with Celebration and Giving!
CLC's Luncheon with the Legends Attracts 100 Professionals to the Wisconsin Club
AGC Annual Meeting Featuring Rocky Marcoux - Future Construction Markets in Milwaukee
Get in Front of the Industry and Save While Doing it!
Industry News
Long-delayed Downtown Couture Apartment High-rise Might Finally be Completing its Financing Package
95 Apartments and Storefronts Advance at River1 in Milwaukee's Harbor District
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