David Orr – President
Dave Orr was born and raised in Madison where he graduated from Memorial High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and Construction Administration provided the foundational experience for his entry into his formative discipline as an HVAC systems designer, engineer, and project manager.
Dave spent six years as an HVAC system designer with a Madison-based consulting engineering firm and two years as a sales engineer in the machinery and systems division for the Carrier Air Conditioning Company in Detroit, MI.
He then joined General Heating and Air Conditioning (GHAC) in Madison where he spent three decades. His responsibilities included system design, estimating, purchasing, value engineering, subcontract oversight, as well as project management, and leadership in a number of key operational areas. Dave served as Vice President prior to service as President from 2010-2014.
As President of Hooper Corporation, Dave provides leadership, direction, and guidance to all aspects of corporate operations, including the work of the Hooper Foundation. Specific responsibilities include service as the chair of the Hooper Board of Directors, membership on the General Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.’s Board of Directors, and active work on a number of committees and work groups relating to the foundation, health and safety, personnel, and technology.
Dave is involved in a number of industry specific trade and professional organizations. He also actively participates in a variety of community-based philanthropic organizations, activities, and causes. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Dave enjoys biking, skiing, fishing, hunting, and other recreational activities.
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 CPAs 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 24 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. Steve considers improved safety, operational efficiencies, and business relations to be focus pursuits at Hooper.
Steve serves on Hooper’s Board of Directors, Hooper’s STAR Committee, is a trustee and member of the board of directors for the Missouri Valley Apprenticeship program, a trustee and President 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 a member of the steering committee for the Electrical Industry Certifications Association (EICA).
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 in 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 Hooper’s values and goals. 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 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, Member of the Board of Trustees for the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau, 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 current 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 the secretary of the Madison Area Plumbing Contractors Association.
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 associates degree in accounting/information technology from Madison Business College and his Bachelor of Science in accounting and 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 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.