Workshops and awards

Annual DBE Workshop and Secretary's Awards

The Annual DBE Workshop and Secretary’s Golden Shovel Award is sponsored by the National Association of Minority Contractors in coordination with the Wisconsin DBE Unified Certification Program (UCP) Partners: Wisconsin Department of Transportation, City of Madison, Dane County and Milwaukee County. 

The Annual DBE Event highlights resources and opportunities necessary for DBE firms to be competitive and profitable in Wisconsin’s construction industry. For more than 30 years, WisDOT has played an active role through the DBE Program to ensure inclusion among minorities, female and small businesses in its contracting process not only through the annual event but also through stakeholders groups such as the Transportation Advisory Committee (TRANS-AC) and the Transportation Consultant Advisory Committee (TRANS-CAC). 

The Annual DBE Event has evolved to be more inclusive and diverse in response to the transformation of the construction contracting market. The NAMC/WisDOT partnership has expanded its network to include major players in vertical contracting opportunities including general contractors and contracting officials from the City of Milwaukee and City of Madison. To learn more go to the annual DBE event website. 

33rd DBE Workshop & Secretary's Golden Shovel awards - February 13 & 14, 2019

Event Program 

Day 1:Annual Event Presentations

Day 2: Annual Event Presentations

Awards Luncheon Presentations

2019 Golden Shovel Award Winners

Dawn Pratt, recently retired with more than 25 years of service to the Walbec Group, was honored as a founding member of Transportation Alliance for New Solutions (TrANS), a training program to help feed new talent into the construction industry.

She was inducted into the Golden Shovel Award Hall of Fame, and honored for a long and successful track record supporting equal employment opportunity (EEO) initiatives.

Ron Spoerl, of Hawk Construction LLC, of Slinger, was recognized for continued growth of his business, certified as DBE in 2004. Since that time, he has diversified to develop Hawk Construction, Hawk Development and Hawk Health and Safety, all thriving Native American-owned businesses.

Kelly Jackson, WisDOT’s former Tribal Affairs Officer, worked throughout her career to obtain resources for programs and expand offerings into tribal communities throughout the state. She was instrumental in support of the DBE and TrANS programs.

E. Aggo Akyea, recently retired after 30 years of state service committed to minority business development at both the Wisconsin Departments of Commerce and Transportation.


The National Association of Minority Contractors Golden Champion Award for Leadership

  • Ruth Geier, Vice President and Equal Rights Officer, Integrity Grading and Excavating
  • Connie Li, PhD, PE, President and CEO of TranSmart Technologies
  • Seyoum Mengesha, EDFP, Minority and Small Business Director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
  • Daryl Hodnett, System Director-Supplier Diversity and Inclusion for Advocate Aurora Health
  • Miron Construction
  • Alan Yeung, PhD, Director of U.S. Strategic Initiatives, Foxconn
  • Rocky Marcoux, Commissioner of the Department of City Development, City of Milwaukee

Special recognition

  • Integrity Grading
  • Daniel Webster of Northeast Asphalt
  • Rock Road Companies Inc.
  • Hoffman Construction