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Why Hooper?

Team Leaders

DAVID ORR - President

Dave Orr graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Construction Administration.

For the past five years, Dave has served as president of General Heating and Air Conditioning, but has more than 30 years of experience as a project manager and engineer with GHAC. His vast experiences within the mechanical trade include estimating, design, value engineering, and management capabilities which will allow him to excel as a leader at Hooper Corporation.

Dave directs the Hooper Foundation and also chairs the Hooper Board of Directors and is a member of General Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.'s Board of Directors, Hooper's Corporate Safety Committee, General's Corporate Safety Committee, the Corporate Personnel Committee, STAR Safety Committee, and Technology Committee.


ROBERT SCHALLER - Secretary / Treasurer

Robert earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville and his Masters of Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Wisconsin.

As Secretary / Treasurer, Robert is responsible for financial reporting, cash management, insurance, and human resources, among other duties. His nearly 30 years of experience make him an expert in corporate management and overseeing company operations.

Robert serves on Hooper's Board of Directors and is a member of the Wisconsin CPA's and Construction Financial Management Association.


STEVE LINDLEY - Vice President Operations

Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Accounting from the University of Idaho - Moscow and subsequently obtained his CPA certification.

For 22 years, Steve has managed all areas of outside line construction, including transmission, distribution, and substation construction, all contributing to his expertise in leading Hooper's Electric Power Division. He is active in all aspects of the division's functions, including operations, fleet management, and business development, as well as financial and administrative functions. Improved safety, operational efficiencies, and business relations are also at the forefront of his pursuits.

Steve serves on Hooper's Corporate Safety Committee, Hooper's STAR Committee, is a trustee and member of the board of directors for the Missouri Valley Apprenticeship program, a trustee and member of the board of directors for the Missouri Valley Chapter for NECA, a member of the National Outside Line Advisory Committee for the Electric Training Alliance, and is an Accredited Representative for NECA.


DAVID MILLER - Vice President / Overhead Line Department Head

David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Michigan State University.

Having more than 25 years of expertise in the electric power industry, David is responsible for all department operations, including financial performance, department workforce and supervision, labor relations, and business development. As a vice president of our Board of Directors, he oversees company health and operations.

David is an active member of the electric power industry, serving on both the Iowa Safety Committee and a Missouri Valley Apprenticeship sub-committee. He is also a member of Hooper's Corporate Safety Committee.


KEITH JUDENIS - Vice President / Substation and Underground Electric Construction Department Head

Keith received both his Bachelor of Science in Electric Power Engineering and his Masters of Engineering in Electric Power Engineering as a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

As a vice president on Hooper's Board of Directors, Keith oversees Hooper's company operations, performance, and strategy. His responsibilities include operational, financial, and administrative functions. Keith ensures his departments' safety goals, strategic objectives, budget, policies, and performance align with those of Hooper. In addition to his vice presidential and department head positions, he is actively involved in various safety committees within and outside Hooper and is involved with apprenticeship and union committees.


STEVE MILLMANN - Process Piping, Fire Protection, and Custom Metals Fabrication Departments Co-Head

Steve is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Stout with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction.

With more than 28 years of experience as an estimator and project manager, Steve specializes in stainless steel pharmaceutical and food grade plants, power plants, refineries, paper mills, and ASME Code work, including 240 MW and 535 MW cogeneration power plants. As Department Co-Head, Steve is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of each of the departments and fabrication facilities.

Steve is an active member within Hooper's safety committees, including its Corporate Safety Committee and the STAR Committee. He is also a Quality Control Manager for ASME Code Fabrications, the Technical Representative for the National Certified Welding Bureau Wisconsin Chapter, and a past president of the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin - Specialty Contractor Board.


DOUG SMITHBACK - Process Piping, Fire Protection, and Custom Metals Fabrication Department Co-Head

Doug is a steamfitter by trade with more than a decade of field experience prior to becoming a project manager and department head, with close to 40 years of total experience in the industry. Notable projects he has managed throughout his career include the construction of the SAFC/Tetrionics Pharmaceutical laboratory addition and expansion, the Capitol Heat & Power boiler and chiller replacement projects, the Riverside Energy Center 540 MW Power Plant in Beloit, Wisconsin, and the West Campus Cogeneration Facility addition and chiller installation in Madison, Wisconsin.

At Hooper, Doug serves on the Mechanical Division Safety Committee. Outside of Hooper, he is the current president of the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau Technical Committee - Wisconsin Chapter, a management representative and co-chair on the Madison Joint Apprentice Steamfitting Committee, past president of the Madison Area Mechanical and Sheet Metal Contractors Association, and president of Organization Services Inc. in Madison.


BRIAN SCHULTZ - Plumbing Department Head

Brian is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering.

With nearly 25 years of experience related to the plumbing trade, including management in all areas for the plumbing and site utility scopes, Brian became the department head for our plumbing department in 2013.

Brian is an active member within Hooper’s safety committees including the mechanical safety committee and the STAR Committee. He is also a member and secretary of the Madison Area Plumbing Contractors Association.


MIKE PETERSON - Plumbing Project Manager

Mike has 36 years of experience in the plumbing industry as an installer, designer, and project manager. Mike began his career at Hooper in 1989 as a project foreman. Since then, he has worked to plan, organize, direct, and control preparation and execution of successful construction contracts.

Mike is a State of Wisconsin Licensed Master Plumber and has exceptional experience in MEP and construction coordination. Mike is also a licensed designer of engineered systems, licensed underground tank installer, and is trained in thermal solar installations. In addition, Mike is active in the Madison Area Joint Apprenticeship Committee in addition to Hooper’s corporate safety committee.


JEFF HANSON- Manager of Safety Services

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety, Health and Psychology with an Associate Degree in Risk Management.

As Manager of Safety Services, Jeff is responsible for the development, supervision, and execution of Hooper's safety programs and policies. Jeff has nearly 30 years of safety and risk management experience. He has implemented successful safety and health programs for many high hazard industries including airline, meat packing, heavy manufacturing, and food processing. He has also provided risk management and safety consulting services to some of Wisconsin’s largest and most influential contractors for over 10 years. As a proven safety professional, Jeff understands the challenges of safety in the construction industry and has directed superior safety performance for companies he has worked with.

Jeff serves on various safety committees within and outside of Hooper, and is a member of several trade associations and councils.


MICHAEL BLASCHKA - Director of Information Technology

Michael earned his dual major Associate in Arts Degree in Accounting/Information Technology from Madison Business College and his dual major Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Management from Upper Iowa University - Madison.

As Director of Information Technology, Michael develops specific objectives, strategies, and action plans to maintain an effective corporate management information system to facilitate operations as well as serve specific needs of our valued customers. Michael leads development of various new technology initiatives of significant scope and works closely with corporate management and appointed project committees. Michael supervises a talented and experienced staff dedicated to providing leading edge technology solutions to our end users and customers.

Michael serves on Hooper's Technology Committee.


PAUL MICHOR - Fleet Operations Manager

Paul is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

An employee with Hooper since 1992, Paul began his career in the Custom Metals Fabrication Department as an estimator and business manager. He currently oversees Hooper's fleet of nearly 1,000 trucks, trailers, and other pieces of off-road equipment, and is responsible for acquisitions, maintenance, and regulatory compliance.

Paul is active in Hooper's Corporate Safety Committee.