Bill Monfre presented with the Wes Meilahn Award

WISCONSIN DELLS, Feb.8, 2024 — Bill Monfre received Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin’s most prestigious award on Thursday. Monfre was presented with the Wes Meilahn Award before nearly 500 in attendance at luncheon at SuperCon, the chapter’s largest event of the year.

The first time Bill joined ABC was in 1982 immediately after founding Quality Insulators. Since that time, he has served our chapter in many other capacities, including the Board of Directors, membership blitzes, Budget and Finance Committee, Construction Workforce Committee, Leadership Planning Committee and the Legislative Committee. He was chair of the Board in 2016. He has recruited 15 members into ABC, which is a Merit Plus Beam Club status.

Bill Monfre gives an inspiring acceptance speech after receiving the Wes Meilahn Award.
Bill Monfre gives an inspiring acceptance speech after receiving the Wes Meilahn Award.
Bill Monfre (left) is presented with the Wes Meilahn Award by 2022 recipient Brian Wieser.
Bill Monfre (left) is presented with the Wes Meilahn Award by 2022 recipient Brian Wieser.

For as long as he’s been active in ABC, Bill has had a passion for our legislative agenda. He has said the most important role for ABC of Wisconsin is to address issues like workforce recruitment, health care costs, and excessive government regulation and spending, while advocating for merit construction.

After Bill transitioned out of ownership of Quality Insulators a few years ago, he established Monfre Consulting and rejoined ABC to remain active in the organization. Bill provided attendees with an inspiring acceptance speech, as he emphasized the importance of merit in everything people do.

“Merit matters, and it needs to be paramount in all our endeavors,” Monfre said. “To not allow merit to be a critical key factor in determining worthiness is a fundamental mistake and leads to misguided decision making. ABC embodies merit as it is integral to everything we do, and what we stand for,” he said.

In addition to merit, Monfre said other bedrock principles of ABC include service, innovation and resourcefulness.

“These bedrock principles have served our association well since its founding. The best part is that these same principles will continue to help our industry, and more specifically our members, flourish well into the future,” Monfre said.

“ABC is fortunate to have individuals like Bill who are so dedicated to the ABC mission,” said John Mielke, president of ABC of Wisconsin. “He has been an incredible asset to this organization for so many years and, knowing Bill, he will continue to stay involved.”

Each year, Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin honors an individual with the Wes Meilahn Award, which is the chapter’s most prestigious and coveted individual recognition. Wes Meilahn was instrumental in the founding of ABC of Wisconsin in 1972 and became known for his dedication, love and service to ABC and merit construction. Wes Meilahn served as chair of the chapter in 1974 and the chapter leadership established the award after his passing in 1984. The honoree is selected each year by a committee of past Wes Meilahn Award honorees.

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