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The Concrete Foundations Association recently presented its highest honor, the Robert D. Sawyer Distinguished Service Award to John Skotzke at the CFA annual award luncheon held July 21. John was not in attendance at the event due to his continued battle back from a stroke suffered in the summer of 2005. His daughters, Chris Skotzke and Maria Skotzke-Schmidt as well as his sons-in-law, Dave Schmidt and Mike Klingert (company President) were on hand to accept this distinguished recognition on John’s behalf.

Skotzke is founder of John Skotzke Concrete Construction, Inc. in Neenah, Wis. He founded the company over 50 years ago and has led the company to be a multi-million dollar organization. An active member and supporter of the CFA for nearly two decades, John has served on multiple committees for the organization as well as the Board of Directors.

The Robert D. Sawyer Award, named on behalf of Bob Sawyer, the first Executive Director of the CFA, is presented occasionally to a member of the concrete foundation industry whose contributions to the industry merit recognition. The award recognizes individuals who give tirelessly of their time and resources to serve the industry.

“John Skotzke has always been an avid supporter of the foundations industry,” said Ed Sauter, Executive Director of the CFA. “He is always looking to advance the industry and is typically one of the first contractors to explore new technologies that would improve his business.”

Consistently on the forefront of industry advancements, Skotzke’s firm was the first poured wall contractor in Wisconsin to use aluminum foundation forms as well as purchase a conveyor for the placement of concrete and aggregate. This commitment to technology has enabled his firm to experience continued growth. With more than 60 employees, the firm pours more than 600 foundations a year.

Skotzke credits the CFA with aiding the success of his company. After joining the Association, he saw an increase in sales and was able to implement changes in his company based on lessons learned from other members. Further, he cites the networking opportunities provided by the Association as an excellent way to learn more about the latest offering and advancements in the industry. Sauter credits John Skotzke Concrete Construction with the dedication to implement new technologies that increase efficiency, as well as the willingness to share these innovations with others.

“The Robert D. Sawyer Award is the highest honor given to any CFA member and John Skotzke is very deserving of this award,” said Sauter.

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