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Rick Schmidt, Jr.

Real Estate and Development | Construction
CEO and chairman
CG Schmidt | Milwaukee

Rick Schmidt Jr. represents the fourth generation of family leadership for CG Schmidt, a 102-year-old construction company in Milwaukee. Rick Schmidt is responsible for the long-term planning of the organization, while his brother, Eric, oversees business operations and corporate development as company president. CG Schmidt has provided construction management for numerous major projects including the Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons in Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Art Museum’s $125 million addition designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

Education: Bachelor’s, Marquette University

Nonprofit cause that has special meaning to you: “Seton Catholic Schools. The organization addresses one of our community’s greatest needs by providing a faith-based, quality education to underserved youth. Seton Catholic School’s mission has a positive impact on its students, but the benefits transcend entire families and the neighborhoods students call home.”

Book recommendation: “I believe ‘Lincoln’ by David Herbert Donald, is a must read. The book takes the reader through the development of Abraham Lincoln’s moral character.”

Fun fact: “I enjoy riding motorcycles and have owned a Harley-Davidson for many years.”

Career advice: “Never go to your boss with a problem without proposing a solution. To this day, I find myself sharing the same advice. Thinking through an issue, evaluating options and presenting your recommendation is an exercise in both critical thinking and initiative.”

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