In 1994 the toilets needed cleaning, so as a twelve-year-old Ryan started cleaning toilets. As his role at Pheifer evolved from assistant bathroom cleaner to President in 2017 Ryan has tried to remember why he started at Pheifer to begin with; to “do what is needed”. As with any company, what is needed changes over the years. Ryan is determined to adapt to whatever the current needs are and place people where they can not only do what is needed, but with proper training and mentor-ship they can thrive.
In high school, Ryan had no intention of ever going to college. He envisioned following in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps and succeed with nothing more than a hard-work ethic and a high school diploma. Over the years, he's been knocked down a few times. He knew the world and his industry had changed. Something more was needed to lead Pheifer beyond its second generation. Ryan not only completed his bachelor’s degree, but also a Law Degree from UW-Madison. To this day Ryan maintains his Law License and is proud to be admitted to practice law by the State Bar of Wisconsin. As his career continues, Ryan looks forward to promoting the habits of a positive attitude, professionalism, and a sense of family that Pheifer has been known for since its founding in 1952. Not only for our staff, but also for our vendors and, as our customers, Wisconsin taxpayers.
Ryan enjoys creating a positive impact by coaching youth sports and is proud to have officiated six State Volleyball Tournaments as a referee for the WIAA between 2010-2017. He and his wife Amber have three children: Mason (2007), AJ (2008), and Raegann (2010). Come to think of it, now that Ryan’s children are getting older, the shop could probably use some new assistant bathroom cleaners.
After working for another bridge contractor for five years, Scott started with Pheifer in 1992. Hired as a field laborer Scott completed the Carpentry Apprenticeship program through the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Associated Builders and Contractors.
He was quickly promoted to foreman. As foreman Scott constructed difficult projects such as the marina in Baileys Harbor and the Lake Street Bridge over Interstate Highway 41 in Neenah. In 2001 Scott was promoted to Supervisor and in 2017 was promoted to Vice President. Scott works closely with Ryan making business decisions and is Pheifer's lead estimator.
In his free time Scott can often be found on his land in Phelps or in his boat chasing the elusive Musky. He also enjoys spending time with his family and new grand-daughter Violet.
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In 1981 Mike's older brother Dave joined the company after graduating from Marquette University and subsequently passing the Wisconsin Professional Engineering Exam. Dave handled all engineering and diving functions for Company. In 1994 Robert Pheifer retired and Mike was elected President and Dave started to buy into the company. Dave was elected Vice-President and Secretary in 1996. In 1997 Mike and Dave's father Alan retired leaving them as equal owners. In part of the long term succession planning, Mike bought Dave's shares of the company in 2012.
Dave enjoys traveling the world as a dive instructor/ photographer and can probably be found at a local dive shop or in a pool working with new divers in his free time. If you are interested in diving or looking to get started, Dave would love to hear from you any time.