Each year, we recognize a truly outstanding Wisconsin Technical College graduates. It is very satisfying to read the nominations describing the great work and lives of our successful graduates. From the nominations, we select one extraordinary person based on five criteria.
Those criteria are:
This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winner is the brother team of Jeff and Brian Wieser nominated by Western Technical College. Both are graduates of Western’s Wood Tech program, and owners of Wieser Brothers General Contractor.
Raised on the family farm with sixteen brothers and sisters, Jeff and Brian learned about hard work and integrity at a young age. After graduating from Western, they worked as apprentice then journeyman carpenters and quickly progressed to job superintendents, building multi-million dollar projects.
In 1994, they formed Wieser Brothers General Contractor, Incorporated, a family-owned and operated firm serving Wisconsin and Minnesota, the business has grown from two employees to over 100; an estimated 80-85 percent Western Technical College graduates.
Throughout the years, they have maintained a strong relationship with the college. They established the Wieser Brothers General Contractor Endowed Scholarship, with 16 students having benefited from their generosity to date. They hire both students and graduates, not only from the Wood Tech program, but from business programs as well. Additionally, Jeff serves on the Western Foundation Board, Brian on the Wood Tech Advisory Committee; they sponsor the Western Scholarship Golf Outing; and they continue their legacy with their children also becoming Western alumni.
They are strong supporters of the communities they serve, having sponsored the Give to the Max Day, Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon, Steppin’ Out in Pink, United Way Pacesetter Campaign, and the Organic Valley Country Fair. They are also represented on the boards of the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce and Family & Children’s Center.
Without a doubt, technical education has been vital to the success of Jeff and Brian, fostering their entrepreneurial spirit, providing a top-notch skilled work force for their growing business, and contributing to the region’s economic vitality. Their professional and personal service has been outstanding, benefitting students and members of the communities we serve.
|1998||Mark Senti||Chippewa Valley|
|2000||Marilyn Grainger||Waukesha County|
|2001||Vernon Jung, Jr.||Moraine Park|
|2002||Todd LoCascio||Northeast WI|
|2004||Robin Roberts||Madison College|
|2006||Donna Voigt||Waukesha County|
|2007||Brent Kindred||Northeast WI|
|2008||David Funkhouser||Waukesha County|
|2009||Mark Schmitz||Madison College|
|2010||Barbara Brown||Moraine Park|
|2013||Jeff Urlaub||Chippewa Valley|
|2016||Jeff & Brian Wieser||Western|