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WBA Leadership

The Wisconsin Builders Association is guided by its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. The Board of Directors is comprised of approximately 150 members throughout the state and the Executive Committee is a group of 11, including senior officers.

The Board of Directors meets quarterly at WBA Member Meeting Days, and the Executive Commitee meets an additional 4 times a year. New Executive Committee and Board of Directors members are sworn in each January.

We are deeply indebted to the hard work and dedication of our volunteer leadership!

WBA Past Presidents

WBA Past Presidents

2019 WBA Executive Committee


Harvey Kessel

2019 WBA President

Harvey Kessel, President

Harvey has been involved in the building industry for the past 40 years. He has managed several retail building material supply locations with sales of $5 million to over $68 million dollars.  He was instrumental in the formation of an installed division with over 500 units built in the Madison area.  He is currently employed by Wisconsin Building Supply as Sales Manager, and actively involved with their installed program.  His experience in both the supply and building sides of the business brings a unique perspective to the WBA Executive Committee. (MABA, Wisconsin Building Supply)

Contact the president directly at president@wisbuild.org.

The Board of Directors is the policy-making body of the association and is responsible for the business affairs of the organization. It is comprised of approximately 150 members representing all 21 local associations.

An annually updated list of WBA members currently holding elected or appointed positions in local or state government.
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Jeff Dorner, President Elect

Jeff started in the construction industry in 1976 as a framing carpenter, working his way through the trades.  In 1985, he joined Vans Lumber & Custom Builders as a Designer, Salesman, & Project Manager.  Jeff has been a member of  Door County Home Builders since 1990 and has served as President, Secretary, Treasurer, Show Case of New Homes Co-Chairman, Home Show Co-Chairman, and on numerous other committees. Jeff has served on the WBA Board of Directors since 2003 and is a Life Director of the WBA.  (DCHBA, Van's Lumber & Custom Builders)


Abe Degnan, Treasurer

Abe is president, visionary designer, and leader of the team at Degnan Design-Build-Remodel. A second generation owner, he started working as a child during the 1980's, learned carpentry skills throughout high school, and proceeded to earn his Bachelors of Architecture degree from UW-Milwaukee. Since 1998 he has transformed the family business into a modest Design-Build company with measured customer satisfaction rankings that rival the best in the industry. Abe has twice served as President of Madison Area Builders Association, has been awarded MABA Builder of the Year, and has earned NAHB certifications including CGR, CGB, and CAPS. Outside of work, you might find Abe volunteering in children's and teen ministry at Door Creek Church, Boy Scouts, or on the Wisconsin River with his family. Married to Lisa since 1999, they have 3 children in America and are working to adopt 3 who are still in Latvia. Be sure to ask about the family's passion for orphan hosting and adoption! (MABA, Degnan Design-Build-Remodel)

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Cory Sillars, Secretary

(WABA, Dan Sillars General Contractor, Inc.)

Steve Atkins, Immediate Past President

Steve Atkins is the owner of Atkins Family Builders, which specializes in family friendly, moderately priced homes in the Green Bay, Appleton, and Northeast Wisconsin areas. He is a current member of the NAHB Professional Builders Council - Builder 20 Group and a board member of the Brown County Home Builders Association (BCHBA). He also is a Past President of the BCHBA. (BCHBA, Atkins Family Builders)

Ted Peotter, Associate Vice President

Known in the industry as the appliance historian (with the 4th largest collection of antique washing machines in the US, all pre-1935), Ted manages the high end appliance department for Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. in Wausau, WI and has been in the industry for 24 years. He has been a member of 9 different builders associations in Wisconsin and is a WBA Life Director. Ted was the 2007 WBA Associate of the Year, three-time winner of local Associate of the Year, has chaired over 15 local committees and three state committees, and is a proud, eight time Best of Shower winner at the Home Show Awards. He is married to his wife of 25 years, Joanne, and has two teenage sons, Erik and Nick. (WABA, GSHBA, Ferguson)

Ray Hoffman, Associate Vice President-Elect

(MBA, Current Electric)

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Brian McKee, NAHB State Representative

An active participant in his state and local home builders associations, McKee has held a number of leadership positions in WBA. He has been active as a WBA director since 1998 and served as an Area Vice President and Parliamentarian. McKee chaired the Building & Grounds Committee and the Public Relations Committee and has served on numerous other committees and councils, including Finance, Government Affairs, and Governance Bylaws.  In 2009, McKee was honored as WBA's Builder of the Year.  McKee is also involved at the national level and has served as a National Home Builders Association (NAHB) Director since 2008. McKee is an active member of the Madison Area Builders Association (MABA) and served as its President in 2002.    McKee has chaired MABA's Government Affairs committee and has served on several other committees, including Past Presidents, Finance, Silent Auction, and Parade of Homes.  In 2002, McKee was honored as MABA's Builder of the Year. (MABA, Midwest Homes)

Mike Check, Past Officers Representative

(MCHBA, Mike Check Builders)

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Andy Voeltner, Advocacy Group Chair

(MABA, Omni Financial)

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Angie Kieta, Membership & Local Officers Chair

Angie has been involved in the building industry for 20+ years and an active member of MABA for the past 10 years. She was awarded the Associate of the Year award by MABA in 2018 and is currently the First Vice President and VIBE Committee chair person at MABA. Angie works for LP Building Solutions as the Market Development Manager for southern Wisconsin. She looks forward to getting more involved in WBA this year.  Angie has been been married to her husband Dan for 15 years and lives in Waunakee with their two daughters. (MABA, LP Building Solutions)

Committees & Councils

Building Industry Council President
Steve Atkins (BCHBA)

Finance Committee Chair
Chad Wuebben (MABA)

Nominating Committee Chair
Steve Atkins (BCHBA)

WB Foundation
Greg Schaffer (MABA), President
Kim Reed (BCHBA), Treasurer
Dawn McIntosh (MABA), Secretary
Trustees: Mark Albers, Mark Etrheim, Don Miller,
Tim O'Brien, Mike Vilstrup

National Representatives & Directors
Brian McKee (MABA), State Representative
Jeff Dorner (DCHBA), Builder-Director
John Kassner (MABA), Associate-Director

David Belman (MBA) & Brian McKee (MABA), Trustees
Monica Sommerfeldt Lewis (CVHBA) & Mike Check (MCHBA), Alternates

WBA Awards: The WBA regularly recognizes excellence amongst its members.

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