Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
"Leading By Example"
Rich will discuss his journey and Kraus-Anderson's approach to being leaders not only in the industry, but in the community.
Rich, Stout Class of ’89, is responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of Kraus-Anderson Construction Company as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, fostering a workplace environment that embodies our core purpose of Building Enduring Relationships and Strong Communities. Based in Minnesota, Kraus-Anderson is a general contractor/developer completing over $1 billion in construction projects each year throughout the country. He started his career in the engineering department of Hyatt Hotels and joined Kraus-Anderson as a project manager in 1992. In his tenure at Kraus-Anderson, he has managed major construction projects, including schools, healthcare, retail, hospitality, recreational, industrial, and residential projects. He is a skilled consensus builder, guiding forward momentum among clients, architects, engineers, subcontractors and financial entities. He works seamlessly with all stakeholders in order to ensure a successful experience for everyone in the company and the projects Kraus-Anderson constructs.
Developing a strong team and empowering others around him as leaders has been a passion of his during his career. As the company has grown, the team at Kraus-Anderson has focused on the future of their people by keeping relevant in technology, industry trends and training in order to be prepared for the never ending changes in construction.
Rich is currently a member of the National Builders Alliance, co-chair of the legislative committee of Associated General Contractors of MN, and serves on the Board of Cornerhouse, a child advocacy organization. He has served on the Woodbury Public Safety Board, Minnesota Construction Association, UW-Stout Industry Advisory Board, and UW-Stout Alumni Board. Rich is a past member of Allied Executives, the International Council of Educational Facility Planners, the International Council of Shopping Centers, and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), a nationally active organization of educational professionals.
Rich resides in Woodbury MN and has 2 adult children. Michael, a US Naval Academy graduate currently deployed and Anna, a graduate of Tulane’s Freeman School of Business, currently working in the tech industry in New York City. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors, travel, boating and fitness activities.
Dr. Ashok Rai
President and CEO
Leadership Resiliency and Plasticity During a Pandemic
DR. ASHOK RAI is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Prevea Health – a physician-led, multispecialty health care provider working in partnership with Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospital across Wisconsin. Dr. Rai’s passion to redesign health care in the U.S. embraces the movement from fee-for-service methods of payment to value-based care, which rewards health care organizations for their work in preventative health care and encouraging patients to live healthy lifestyles and not for the number of procedures they perform. Dr. Rai has also taken proactive steps to enhance diversity and inclusion efforts within the Prevea Health system, and equitable access to health care for all in our communities.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Rai has helped Prevea Health lead the way and set standards for high-quality, accessible, and innovative COVID-19 education, prevention, testing, treatment, and vaccination efforts across Wisconsin – all of which have garnered attention from local, state and national health care leaders and journalists. Dr. Rai is actively involved in his community and committed to make a difference on local, state, and national levels. He is a regent for the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, appointed by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers in April 2021. Dr. Rai also joined the American Medical Group Association Board of Directors in 2012 and served as Chairman in 2018.
Other roles held by Dr. Rai include Chairman of the Board of Weidner Center Presents in Green Bay; Chairman of the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon; member of the Board of Directors for the Automotive Gallery in Green Bay and Progress Lakeshore.; member of the Board of Downtown Green Bay, Inc.; and a member of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees at UW-Green Bay.