Kraig joined his father in business in 1997 and his entrepreneurial spirit has led American Companies down many new roads to success over the past two decades. In addition to his success with American Companies, Kraig has created and coordinated many real estate investment groups in the Midwest, enjoying developing many projects in which he is part owner. Kraig graduated from UW-Madison in 1992 with a degree in consumer science and spent several years succeeding in sales with Hershey Chocolate before joining American Companies.
A West Bend native, Kraig graduated from UW-Madison and worked for Hershey Chocolate Corporation in Sales and Sales Management before joining Kons at American in 1997. Both he and Jo wanted their children to know “where the Christmas Tree goes” and felt raising a family in a community they support was critical to their mission in life. Relocating from Minneapolis back to West Bend was a decision they do not regret.
With a solid corporate foundation already established, Kraig worked hard, took educated risk and has been fortunate to grow the firm with the help of a great staff of employees and a customer base of energetic entrepreneurs. Through Kraig’s leadership, American Companies has grown to be a full service Design/Build firm offering real estate, carpentry and investment services.
Community involvement is very important to Kraig: he is a graduate of the Leadership Greater West Bend Program, a past board member of the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, West Bend Athletic Association, West Bend School District Foundation and the West Bend Waterways Foundation. He is the past chairman of the Urban Design Committee and a current member of Rotary.
Kraig enjoys big buildings and small government and has proudly served as the Mayor of West Bend since 2011.
Kraig lives in West Bend with Jo, his wife of 25 years, and their 4 daughters. Kraig enjoys time with his family, the outdoors, traveling, skiing, biking, an occasional round of golf and debating politics.
Chief Operating Officer and Vice President since 2013, Todd first started working with the American Companies nearly 20 years ago. He oversaw the design and building of 10 hotels in Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as hundreds of commercial buildings, manufacturing facilities, and professional office spaces. His construction education consists of OSHA 30-Hour Safety Certification, OSHA 10-Hour Certification, Safety Management Training and a number of clinics and seminars. Married with three children (including son Ryan, also an American Companies team member), Todd is an active member of church and school communities, having served as a member of the board and on multiple committees, as well as coaching. His hobbies include spending time with family and friends, running, taking part in Tough Mudder events, and shooting guns.
Business Manager / Integrator
Jo wears many hats at American Companies, as she has for nearly two decades, from business manager to real estate broker to property manager. Since the newly added American Commercial Real Estate division launched last summer, she’s overseen property management and financial services for more than 30 partner entities. Her favorite part of the job is working with people, from colleagues to real estate clients, landlords and tenants. Jo enjoys outdoor activities and traveling, as well as cheering for her four busy daughters in their many sports and activities and spending time with her husband, Kraig.
Adam joined the American Companies in 2018 and enjoys working on a variety of projects, including industrial, office, and multi-family. Some of his personal favorites are Cambridge Apartments in Milwaukee and West Bend Medical in West Bend. Adam comes to American with nearly two decades of experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architectural studies, with a certificate in urban planning, from UW-Milwaukee and is a registered architect in Wisconsin and Arizona. Adam and his wife have two daughters. Together, they like playing and watching sports, especially baseball and football, and watching movies. He’s also an active member of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary club, having served on multiple boards and committees and leading the group as Past President.
With expertise in carpentry, finish carpentry and everything in between, Chris has had his hands on practically every American Companies build project since joining the company in 2008. Chris began working in construction back in high school, starting with masonry and then earning a spot as foreman at Cleary Building Corp. Since then, he’s worked in post-frame buildings, roofing and siding, and home remodeling. In his spare time, Chris likes to hunt, fish, and shoot guns.
Dan is the newest member of the team, rejoining American Companies n 2019. Dan contracted for American Companies in 2017-2018 to manage the TownePlace Suites in Minooka, IL. Prior to that, he ran his own home building, acting as the general contractor on around 135 homes. Dan earned a bachelor’s degree in finance at UW-Whitewater and has been a licensed real estate broker since 1997. He’s also the proud father of two teenage boys. He gets satisfaction watching products turn into buildings.
Director of Business Development
Deb joined the American Companies in 2018 and brings with her extensive experience in economic development and real estate. During her time with Economic Development Washington County she worked with companies of all sizes to encourage new business growth in the area, and excels at creating partnerships between companies and communities to incent smart growth. She earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from UW-Whitewater.
Deb is married and the parent of two outstanding athletes. She had the opportunity to travel with her daughters to Europe, where they played softball for Team USA with three former Olympians. She also served on the board of the Hartford Union High School District for 10 years, including 4 years as President.
Emily joined American Companies more than a year ago with experience at a foreclosure law firm and in banking. She’s a proud UW-Platteville alumna, having earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with an emphasis on management, and a minor in psychology.
Emily is married with two daughters, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, rocking out at music concerts, and outdoor adventures like camping, four-wheeling, and rock climbing.
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Pat joined the American Companies in 2000 after an extensive career as an architect and president of two architectural firms in southern Wisconsin. He’s focused on fulfilling each client’s needs and desires with thoughtful, competent, compliant, practical and effective solutions. Pat studied architecture and urban planning at UW–Milwaukee and the UW–Eau Claire. His hobbies and passions include freemasonry, keyboards (of both the musical and office equipment kind), light lagers served on tap and in a frosted glass, cigars, boats and bicycles.
Mike’s focus as a site technician is all things carpentry. He joined American Companies in 2018 with many years of experience in the trades and says he never stops learning. One of his favorite things to do outside of work is fishing.
Pete is newer to the American Companies, but has nearly 20 years of experience in custom hardwood molding, manufacturing, trucking, and heavy equipment operations. Since joining American in 2018, he’s worked on hotel, spa and banking projects. Pete’s hobbies include soaking up the sun in the Caribbean with his fiancé, as well as hiking, biking, and home remodeling.
He likes to spend free time outdoors—hunting, fishing, backpacking, and kayaking—and with friends and family (including dad, Todd, also of American Companies).
Ryan has been with American Companies for more than three years. He served in the military and says he learned many useful skills that have carried over to his position as site manager, from team management and problem solving to stress management. The focus of his job as a site manager is safety and anticipating problems before they arise. Ryan is currently enrolled in ABC of Wisconsin’s Construction U Project Supervision Program.
Scott has been with the American Companies since 2000. His portfolio includes eight hotels and he’s an expert in AutoCAD, Revit and getting $h!t done, among other things. Scott earned an associate’s degree in architectural commercial design from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. He and his wife have two daughters and a yellow lab named Rudy. Scott served as a volunteer coach for nine years in the Kettle Moraine YMCA Youth Soccer Program and continues to volunteer at various sporting events. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, vacationing in northern Wisconsin and spending time with family.
Steve is a master of project improvement and describes his specialty at American Companies as “planning and organizing projects and working with trades to learn how things can be improved upon and done more efficiently.” With previous experience as a mechanical engineer, leading material handling projects from a mechanical application perspective, he’s constantly continuing to learn from the field and how to apply engineering techniques to assist the design/build process. Steve and his wife, who are new to West Bend, enjoy working on their old farmhouse and sharing food and fun times with family and friends out on the deck. While not working on the house or entertaining, he volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and enjoys woodworking.
Steve has been with American Companies since 2015 and has a degree from UW-Oshkosh. His hobbies include golfing, puzzles, reading and sports. He’s a fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs, a 2018 fantasy football league champion and a member of the Rock River Baseball League Hall of Fame.