Rick has 30 years of construction experience involved in various types of projects and delivery systems. Through these experiences, Rick has gained extensive knowledge in pre-development, pre-construction, pre-referendum and phasing. Rick is able to guide clients through the often arduous approval process for local, state and federal projects. His career has included project field supervision, project management and project executive roles with a special emphasis on pre-construction, pre-referendum and real estate development. His current main duties include partner in charge of Business Development for all divisions of VJS and CEO of VJS Lincoln, VJS’ general aviation construction division.
Rick has been involved with the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) for 15 years. He has served on several committees, chaired the Business Development Forum (formerly the Marketing Committee), was past Vice-Chair of the National Building Division, and Past Chair of the National Building Division Chair and also served two years on the National Board of Directors.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.S. Business Economics
1996 Keller Graduate School of Management
Master of Business Administration
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)
Rogers Memorial Hospital, Board of Directors
YMCA of Waukesha, Board of Directors
YMCA Waukesha System – Board of Directors
AGC – Current Public/Private Industry Advisory Council Chair
AGC – Past Building Division Chair
AGC – Past Board of Directors
AGC – Past Marketing/Business Development Committee Chair
Craig joined VJS Construction Services in 1988 as a Project Manager, was appointed Vice President in 1992 and named President in 1999. Prior to starting his tenure at VJS, Craig spent one year with working for a general contractor in Cincinnati, Ohio.
With a familial history of more than 100 years in the construction business, Craig’s leadership has contributed greatly to VJS’ dynamic growth. Craig was instrumental in developing the means and methodologies that have made field operations more effective and efficient. Craig also has played a large part in building VJS’ tenant improvement business from the ground up.
The phrase that Craig has coined and you will hear him say in employee meetings or when talking about VJS’ commitment to its clients and employees is “Anything Less Than Exceptional Is Unacceptable.”
Craig also has a strong dedication to the community, continually formulating ways for not only his family but for how VJS can continue the tradition of giving back to the community. He has been involved for several years with United Way, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts and countless other nonprofit organizations.
– Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee – Pioneer
– United Way in Waukesha County – Bruce Gill Executive Volunteer
of the Year Award, 2013
– Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee – S.I.R.
– Milwaukee Business Journal – 40 Under 40 Award, 1994