Cheryl L. Gregory is vice president and senior transportation project manager at the private consulting firm of Spalding DeDecker, Inc., an employee-owned, Michigan-based civil engineering and surveying firm. She is also a member of the company’s board of directors. Gregory joined DeDecker in 2003 and served as the transportation department manager and director of engineering, tripling the company’s revenue in the transportation market. In 2012 after the acquisition of a Texas-based engineering firm, Gregory led the integration effort between the Michigan and Texas offices, helping to lead the company’s expansion into the oil and gas markets in Texas.
Gregory began her career as a civil engineer with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) after graduating from Lawrence Tech. She spent her first eight years in field services, including construction oversight and geotechnical engineering. Building on a strong understanding of construction methodology, she transitioned into the position of region design engineer for the MDOT Detroit Metro Region, where she managed the development of nearly $32 million in construction projects in a year. In 1998 she was named the first transportation service center manager in the MDOT Metro Region and led the establishment of MDOT’s first Transportation Service Center in the Metro Detroit area serving Michigan’s largest county, Wayne County.
She has served on LTU’s Civil Engineering Advisory Board since 2010 and volunteers regularly with local STEM initiatives at K–12 schools, helping students learn about careers in engineering. Gregory holds Professional Engineering licenses in Michigan, Illinois, and Texas.
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George J. Fadool has served as the chief ethics and compliance officer for Skanska USA Inc. since 2009. He previously spent 25 years in operations in increasingly responsible roles, attaining the position of co-chief operating officer for Skanska USA Building Inc. with responsibility for the Midwest and Texas regions. He joined Skanska in 1983, initially working for a construction company with offices in Michigan and Colorado that was acquired by Skanska in 1999.
Fadool started his career in construction working as a field engineer and quality control technician while attending LTU. He has held many positions, including project engineer, estimator, project manager, and vice president, in addition to being responsible for national preconstruction services and information technology. At age 29, he became project manager of the largest project the company had undertaken to date. Shortly thereafter, he was named vice president for construction.
Named one of the 40 Under 40 by Crain’s Detroit Business in 1998, Fadool served as the leader of a team within Skanska that developed an industry-leading Ethics Roadmap. The roadmap provides the means for a business to practically assess its ethical position through the lenses of culture and behavior.
Fadool has been very active in philanthropic activities, including organizing many fundraising events for several local nonprofit organizations. He served on the board and is past president of Vista Maria, a large residential treatment facility for adolescent girls in Wayne County. He earned a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1982.
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Ian W. Schonsheck formed the firm Schonsheck, Inc., in 1985. A design, construction, and land development company that specializes in industrial and commercial buildings, expansions, and renovations, Schonsheck, Inc., quickly grew under Schonsheck’s leadership. In the firm’s first year, Schonsheck, Inc., earned $1 million in sales, and in its second year, $2 million. Schonsheck eventually grew the company from just two employees – he and his wife, Lori – to 50 employees with more than $50 million in sales. At one point, he managed a real estate portfolio of 3,000,000 square feet. Schonsheck expanded the business by focusing on offering exceptional quality, value, and service.
In 1999 Schonsheck transferred ownership of the company to his employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan and became chief executive officer. He helped to diversify the firm by developing partnerships in the areas of healthcare, retail, office building, education, municipalities, self storage, warehousing, and research and development, which continue to support the company.
Schonsheck was named one of the 40 Under 40 by Crain’s Detroit Business in 1992, and was honored as a Crain’s Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 1994 for his innovative approach to establishing his company and keeping repeat customers.
A member of the Lawrence Tech Civil Engineering Advisory Board, Schonsheck is a trustee of Cleary University and also served as a regent for Concordia University in Ann Arbor. He is a licensed pilot.
| 2012 Inductee
Kirk T. Steudle has served as director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) since 2006, the highest-ranking state official among LTU’s alumni. He joined MDOT in 1987 as an engineer trainee and served the department in various positions across the state before becoming director.
Steudle oversees MDOT’s more than $3 billion budget and is responsible for the construction, maintenance, and operation of nearly 10,000 miles of state highways, more than 4,000 state highway bridges, and some 2,500 employees. He also administers a variety of multi-modal transportation programs and projects that range from aviation to the Zilwaukee Bridge.
Steudle is a national expert in connected vehicle technology, a high-tech highway operations technology that enables vehicles to communicate with roads and each other to improve safety and mobility. He has served as president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and in various leadership capacities with the Strategic Highway Research Program II, Intelligent Transportation Society of America, and the Engineering Society of Detroit, the largest engineering society in the United States.
In 2010 Steudle was recognized nationally for his outstanding contribution to highway engineering when he received the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ prestigious Thomas H. MacDonald award. In 2011 he was awarded the P.D. McLean Award from the Washington, DC-based Road Gang for excellence in highway transportation.
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The founder, president, and chief executive officer of JPRA Architects, James P. Ryan established his firm as a leader in retail design and in the evolution of "social hubs" for shopping, dining, and entertainment. JPRA's signature projects, such as the Somerset Collection in Troy, Michigan; the Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Florida; and The Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, have become tourist destinations that enhance their communities and generate growth. Offering a full range of services, including planning, architecture, interior design, and environmental graphics, JPRA Architects is registered in 21 states and also works in Canada, South America, England, and the United Arab Emirates.
Ryan retired from JPRA Architects in 2008 after more than 30 years and remains active in the profession. During his career, he lectured at schools, universities, and conferences and wrote articles on the architect’s role in retail design. He is the architectural advisor to the board of directors of the Detroit Youth Boxing Gym. He also contributes to LTU, serving on the Alumni Association Board, Campaign Steering Committee, and the restoration committee of the University’s Frank Lloyd Wright house. He created a freshman scholarship and is the 2003 recipient of Lawrence Tech’s Ray Moy Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award.
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The only woman in her class, Gretchen Minnhaar was the first woman in Lawrence Technological University history to receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Both an architectural engineer and artist, she combines these two disciplines into a practice that focuses on revitalizing cities by creating vibrant spaces and environments.
As principal of Gretchen Minnhaar Designs in Grand Rapids, MI, Minnhaar creates vivid, large-scale artworks encompassing a broad spectrum of media and genres: oils, watercolor, etching, lithography, acrylics, portrait painting, life drawing, and graphic design. Her work is represented in public and private collections in the United States, Argentina, Spain, and the Netherlands, and she has exhibited all over the world.
Minnhaar earned the Master of Architecture from the Universidad del Litoral, Argentina, and the Master of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University, in addition to pursuing doctoral studies in city planning at the Universidad de Buenos Aires.
She has served as director of design of DeWinter Associates, Inc., in Grand Rapids and as architectural designer at Smith, Hinchman & Grylls in Detroit. Among her many projects are the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the renovation of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, both in Grand Rapids.
She has served with the Michigan Corridor Board, ArtServe Michigan, Michigan Council for the Arts, and the Michigan Construction Code Commission and has returned many times to LTU to lecture and serve as a thesis advisor and student project jurist.