WEDA Professional Awards

In 1985, WEDA established a Professional Awards program with the purpose of recognizing exceptional contributions to the economic vitality of Wisconsin. WEDA presents the following three professional Awards:

  • Organizational Excellence Award
  • Andy Lisak Young Professional Award
  • Frederick C. Pearce Award

These awards are presented at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development on alternating years. They provide an excellent opportunity to recognize accomplishments of individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to the field of economic development at the local, regional or state level. If you have any questions, please contact WEDA staff at

Nominations Now Being Accepted!

Nominate someone now for the esteemed Andy Lisak Young Professional Award and the Organizational Excellence Award.

Past Winners By Category:

Frederick C Pearce Award

  • Mary Gage
  • James Otterstein
  • Roger Nacker & John Stibal
  • Chris Swartz
  • Mike Harrigan
  • Tom Mihjalov
  • Jim Hough
  • Bruce Wm Mommaerts
  • Craig Carlson
  • Merlin Zitzner
  • Larry D. Krause
  • Hartford Area Development Corp.
  • Robert R. Brown III
  • Michael Anderson
  • Robert B. Fick
  • Gov. Tommy Thompson
  • Robert Walraven
  • Robert Houle & Russell Bauman

Organizational Excellence Award

  • VJS Construction

  • WBD
  • Sheboygan County EDC
  • Madison Regional Economic Partnership
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Chippewa County EDC
  • City of Prairie du Chien
  • Fond du Lac County EDC
  • Kempert Krogan
  • Timbercreek Development
  • City of Eau Claire – Michael Schatz
  • City of West Allis
  • School of Ind. & Technology (UW-Stout)
  • WI State Senate/ WI State Assembly
  • Experimental Aircraft Association
  • Jane & Lloyd Pettit

Andy Lisak Young Professional Award

  • Melissa Hunt
  • Angel Whitehead
  • Ger Thao
  • Coleman Peiffer
  • Shannon Full