Number of years working in your current industry: 32
Undergrad degree/university: B.A. Political Science and History, UW -Milwaukee
Graduate degree/university: M.A. History, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Joan Zepecki, Director of Corporate Affairs and Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Brookfield based Hunzinger Construction Co., has led the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts for more than 28 years. During that time, more than $585 million in contracts were awarded directly to minority- or women-owned firms. “I have worked directly with Joan Zepecki for more than seven years and have witnessed firsthand her dedication, passion and strategic efforts to work with and provide accessible opportunities to established minority-owned firms,” said Ugo Nwagbaraocha, president of the National Association of Minority Contractors – Wisconsin. Zepecki was instrumental in managing the City of Milwaukee’s equity and inclusion requirements for Komatsu’s Headquarters Project, which opened in Spring 2022 in Milwaukee’s Harbor District. “Joan’s leadership ensured a successful project,” said Doug Kiser, Global Director of Facilities and Asset Management for Komatsu Mining Co.
Number of years working in your current industry: 1
Undergrad degree/university: B.S. Business Administration UW-Parkside
Jody Owens, Project Manager joined Brookfield based Hunzinger Construction Co. just a year ago, and has 20 years of construction management experience. Owens previously served as Construction Project Manager for Foley & Lardner and led the law firm’s $25 million renovation at the U.S. Bank tower in downtown Milwaukee. Hunzinger served as General Contractor for the project, which included six phases of work on 165,000 square feet on eight floors of fully occupied offices. Prior to Foley, Owens worked 15 years as IT/construction project manager at Amundsen Davis (formerly Davis & Kuelthau S.C.), where she oversaw several renovation projects and multiple software system upgrades. “Jody works seamlessly in the male-dominated world of construction management and building,” said Joan Zepecki, Director of Corporate Affairs and Diversity and Inclusion at Hunzinger. “She brings an owner’s perspective, and her clients appreciate her expertise and dedication to getting things done right the first time.”