Cep 20th anniversary 2013 american patriot of character award richard r pieper sr
Richard R. Pieper, Sr. (born March 30, 1936), is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of PPC Partners, Inc. headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- Cep 20th anniversary 2013 american patriot of character award richard r pieper sr
- Early life and education
- Later career and philanthropy
Early life and education
Pieper attended Milwaukee Public Schools finishing high school by correspondence course before entering the University of Miami.
In 1961 Pieper assumed leadership of Pieper Electric, a Milwaukee electrical service company founded in 1947 by his father Julius Pieper. At the time Pieper Electric employed three electricians and operated from the Pieper home in Milwaukee. By the early 1970s Pieper had grown the business to include branches and franchises in 8 states across the country and now employs nearly 1,300 people. Pieper Electric was rebranded as PIEPERPOWER and the family of companies were united as PPC Partners, Inc. In 2003 Pieper and his family sold the majority interest in PPC Partners, Inc. to the employees. Pieper continues as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the company.
Later career and philanthropy
Pieper devotes most of his time to expanding the role of character development in K-12 education and the model of servant leadership in institutions. In 2006 Pieper started the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership which recognizes schools of character across the state and was instrumental in forging a partnership with Alverno College to offer Wisconsin K-12 school principals a special leadership Academy in Character Education. Pieper received the American Patriot of Character Award from the Character Education Partnership. The award was presented at the 2013 National Forum on Character Education in Washington DC. He is a past recipient of The Bravo Entrepreneur Award for Lifetime Achievement. and was presented with the 2009 Lakefront Leadership Award from the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center for his support of Milwaukee's cultural lakefront corridor. Pieper was inducted into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame honoring him for his civic involvement He was awarded one of the National Electrical Contractor Association's (NECA) highest honors, the McGraw award recognizing his contributions to the electrical contracting industry
Pieper is co-founder of the Suzanne and Richard Pieper Family Foundation. The foundation is a significant benefactor of Discovery World and sponsor of the Pieper Education Gallery at the Milwaukee Art Museum as well as the Education Center at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. The foundation gifted $1 million to Lawrence University in Appleton, WI to establish an endowed professorship for the purpose of fostering and promoting servant leadership. and has funded Pieper Chairs at Milwaukee School of Engineering, the UW Madison College of Engineering and Ripon College in Wisconsin. Pieper currently serves on several boards: Three Harbors Council-Boy Scouts of America, The Milwaukee Boys & Girls Clubs of America, The Florentine Opera, Present Music and the Boelter Companies. Previous board participation includes the Elliot companies in VA, Board of Trustees Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and Junior Achievement of Southeastern Wisconsin, Young Presidents Organization, Wisconsin Council of Economic Education, Wisconsin Diabetes Association, Milwaukee Jaycees, the Milwaukee Art Museum.