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Chairman and CEO
Eppstein Uhen Architects  |  Milwaukee

As the longtime chief executive of Eppstein Uhen Architects, Greg Uhen led the company to become the Milwaukee region’s largest architectural firm, responsible for the firm’s work on projects such as American Family Field (then Miller Park) Acuity Insurance’s headquarters expansion and American Family Insurance’s Spark building in Madison. In 2021, Uhen stepped into an advisory board position as part of the firm’s planned leadership transition.

Education: Bachelor’s, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Hobby/passion: “I love fishing, both here in Wisconsin and as travel destinations in other places. … I also have a passion for oil painting. As I transition into retirement, my goal is to become a better painter than I was an architect.”

Fun fact: “I was a drummer in a rock band all through high school and college.”

Toughest business challenge you’ve ever faced: “By far the 2008-2010 recession. It just lasted too long, we had to let go of many really good people. It was gut-wrenching. We slashed expenses, we stopped our own compensation, but it wasn’t enough. It felt like pushing someone out of a lifeboat. It still bothers me to this day.”

Nonprofit cause that has special meaning to you: “Educate Uganda. This is a nonprofit started by some close friends. It serves to improve the education of impoverished children in Uganda.”

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