In his 21 years at Greenheck, Belke has completed business trips to 49 states and 14 countries and has taken advantage of the continuing educational opportunities offered to employees. “There is so much growth opportunity for people at Greenheck, and the company is very committed to continuing education and leadership training,” he said.
It’s not just innovation that led Greenheck to become a respected worldwide company. It’s also its people. “Greenheck’s success and continued growth really come down to having a great team,” said Jim McIntyre, president and CEO. “We are so fortunate to have UW-Stout right between two of our major locations, Schofield and Minneapolis. We now have 80 UW-Stout alumni in our workforce, and through the years many have grown into key leadership positions.”
Jeff Lamer, a 1984 alumnus with a degree in industrial technology focusing on manufacturing engineering, is director of manufacturing excellence. The focus on innovation and company growth attracted him to Greenheck. “I just believe that with growth comes opportunity for employees. I could see that at Greenheck,” said Lamer, who has been with the company for 30 years.
Beth Brinkmann is a human resources manager and 1992 alumna, with a degree in business administration and a concentration in human resource management. “When I am interviewing students, I often tell them that if you like constant change, then Greenheck may be right for you.”
In her 13-year career with the company, Brinkman has recruited at UW-Stout and is proud to see many students join the company with a co-op or internship, then continue full time after graduation. “I hired our first person for a new leadership development program from Stout because I know the high quality of the education,” she said.
Alumni include chairman of the board and former CEO Dwight Davis and his spouse, Linda, 1966 and 1967 graduates, respectively. The couple annually supports several scholarships for UW-Stout students and in 2009 established an endowment for transformational leadership, enabling the university to carry out initiatives to maintain education excellence and relevancy.