Our annual meeting celebrates successes of the business community over the past year, honors the Don Richards Leadership Award recipient and gives attendees a chance to hear a high-caliber motivational speaker. Meet business leaders and demonstrate your support for business in Waukesha County.
As former publisher of The Business Journal and president of the Waukesha Area Chamber of Commerce, the late Don Richards’ hands-on leadership, ethics and delight in achieving tangible results have left a lasting impression on our leaders today. The Don Richards Leadership Award was created in his honor in 1993 to inspire and motivate business people to take community leadership roles.
The Waukesha County Business Alliance has announced that William J. Mielke, president and CEO of Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. will receive the 2014 Don Richards Leadership Award. The award recognizes Mielke’s outstanding civic leadership and contributions to many communities in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Mielke oversees a staff of 80 at Ruekert & Mielke, which provides municipal engineering services to more than 200 municipalities.
Since joining the firm full-time in 1971, Mielke has built a reputation as the “go-to” local business leader for complex municipal and regional issues. Known for his combination of strategic vision and civil engineering expertise, Mielke has been involved in countless municipal projects; everything from the “sewer wars” to leading the design of wastewater treatment systems and pumping stations, to solving large regional issues.
“Southeastern Wisconsin is better because of Bill’s dedication to serving our communities over the past 40 years,” said Suzanne Kelley, president of the Waukesha County Business Alliance. “His passion for local communities is evident through his commitment to supporting them in planning, designing and implementing complex projects – he has been a tremendous asset for the state of Wisconsin.”
Mielke’s civic and industry involvement is extensive, including many industry associations, numerous local citizens planning and redevelopment commissions, the Wisconsin League of Municipalities Stormwater Advisory Committee, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, founding member of the Waukesha Engineering Scholarship Fund, and a position on the Waukesha County Business Alliance Policy Board.
He was nominated by President Obama as an advisor for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) and he serves on many State Legislative Study Committees and Governor appointed Task Forces.
2013 - Stuart Schroeder, The Schroeder Group, S.C., Attorneys At Law
2012 – Thomas E. Dalum, DUECO, Inc.
2011 – Margaret Farrow, Community Leader & Former Lt. Governor
2010 – Jim Lindenberg, Milwaukee Wave
2009 – Patti Wallner, Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce
2008 – Terry Jannsen, Jannsen + Company, S.C.
2007 – Ken Riesch, R&R Insurance Services, Inc.
2006 – Anne & Bryce Styza, Harmony Homes
2005 – Joanne B. & A. William Huelsman, Berg Management
2004 – Andrea & Anthony Bryant, Century Fence
2003 – Don Taylor, Waukesha State Bank
2002 – Lynn Revoy, Waukesha County Technical College
2001 – Rexford W. Titus, III, Waukesha Memorial Hospital
2000 – Dick Richards, Country Inn Hotel & Conference Center
1999 – Leon Janssen, GE Medical Systems
1998 – Peter Lettenberger, Quarles & Brady
1997 – Al Link, Link Associates
1996 – Martin Frank, Waukesha State Bank
1995 – Donald Fundingsland, Waukesha Hospital System
1994 – Richard W. Marlow, Hardy-Marlow, Inc.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Kelley.