Pat Kressin and Mike Vogel Named 2024 Notable Leaders in Construction, Real Estate and Design

We are thrilled to announce that Pat Kressin and Mike Vogel have been recognized as Notable Leaders in Construction, Real Estate, and Design for 2024 by BizTimes Milwaukee. This inaugural showcase aims to honor individuals who have significantly contributed to shaping Milwaukee's built environment, leaving an indelible mark on the city's skyline.

Pat Kressin and Mike Vogel exemplify the dedication, innovation, and expertise that define exceptional leadership in the fields of construction, real estate, and design. Their visionary approach, coupled with their commitment to excellence, has played a pivotal role in transforming Milwaukee's landscape and driving forward the region's development.

Pat Kressin and Mike Vogel
Pat Kressin
Colleagues say that in a field that demands expertise, vision and unwavering dedication, Pat Kressin, vice president of Milwaukee-based engineering firm GRAEF, exemplifies the best in construction real estate and design.
“What truly sets Kressin apart is his unrestrained passion for making a meaningful impact on GRAEF’s client projects and the communities they serve,” said Justyce Dixon, corporate communications leader at GRAEF. “His creative thinking is incomparable, and he consistently presents visionary, outside-the-box ideas combined with a pragmatic approach to implementation.”
The developments Kressin has been involved with include the Iron District, MKE Dog Park, Komatsu South Harbor Campus and The Couture as well as Bayshore shopping center, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Potawatomi Casino Hotel and Drexel Town Square.
“As principal in charge on these projects, Kressin’s role was pivotal, ensuring that each endeavor not only met but exceeded expectations. His dedication to excellence has left an indelible mark on the Milwaukee landscape,” Dixon said.


Mike Vogel 
With a career spanning nearly 30 years, Mike Vogel has demonstrated leadership in the field of structural engineering, contributing to some of Wisconsin’s most iconic landmarks as senior structural engineer at Milwaukee-based engineering firm GRAEF.
Vogel has been involved in the development and enhancement of iconic sports arenas, including American Family Field and Lambeau Field, and numerous other notable projects, including the Resch Expo Center in Ashwaubenon, Milwaukee Bucks 5th Street Parking Structure and Training Center, Meritus RICU in Maryland and Marquette University’s O’Brien Hall, which houses the College of Business Administration.
Recently, Vogel has led the structural engineering efforts for the Baird Center expansion in downtown Milwaukee. As the lead structural engineer, he has collaborated with architects, owners and other project stakeholders. Vogel also heads up the company’s GRAEFaccelerāte process.
Vogel earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marquette University, where he has also served as an adjunct professor of structural steel design.