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Jim Yehle

Real Estate and Development | Construction
President and CEO
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. | Madison

Jim Yehle was promoted to president and CEO of J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. in early 2020, just months before the COVID-19 pandemic’s arrival. He started at the Madison-based general contracting firm in 1999 as a project manager, leading teams in the construction of the Overture Center for the Arts and American Family Children’s Hospital, both in Madison. He was promoted to executive vice president in 2016. Now at the helm, Yehle is overseeing the company as it executes on several high-profile projects, including The Couture tower in downtown Milwaukee, The Trade in Milwaukee’s Deer District, and Marquette University’s new business school building.

Education: Bachelor’s, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nonprofit cause that has special meaning to you: “The Center for Black Excellence and Culture. The mission of the center is to create a place where the Black community and its allies can fill up on inspiration, opportunities, and hope.”

Fun fact: “Back in high school, I was the La Crosse city golf champion my senior year.”

Career advice: “Be a servant leader, give praise to others, delegate, trust and promote those around you. No one person ever built a building, it is a team, we should think and act that way. Be collaborative and communicative and there is nothing you can’t achieve together.”

Biggest risk you’ve ever taken: “Well, in our business we take risks every day, so we are used to those uncomfortable feelings. When in those situations, I find it’s best to trust your gut and instincts.”

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