Wick Buildings – Mazomanie, Wisconsin
Robert Resch is a regional sales manager for Wick Building Systems, working out of Wausau, Wisconsin. He was promoted to sales management in 1977 after joining the company in 1969.
Resch started with Wick Buildings as a branch office manager in Plymouth, Wisconsin, and worked a short time in the company’s home office Engineering Department.
A graduate with an Associates Degree in Residential Design Technology from North Central Technical College in Wausau, he was a charter member of the Wisconsin Frame Builders Association and has served on its Board of Directors. He was president of the WFBA in 1985-86.
Resch served on the University of Wisconsin Agricultural Engineering Department Advisory Committee. He has received the Excellence in Sales Award at Wick for the years 1972-76 and the Sales Manager of the Year Award in 1996 and 1998.
Riskowski, Gerald L.
University of Illinois – Urbana, Illinois
Dr. Riskowski, who earned his Ph.D. in agricultural engineering in 1986 at Iowa State University, is a professor and section leader with responsibilities including personnel, budget, facilities management, and a share of departmental management duties. He teaches courses and advises both the Ag Mechanization and Ag Engineering student clubs, is an academic advisor for many undergraduates, and has advised several undergraduate and graduate thesis projects.
Among his numerous research activities have been studies in light-frame structural design, agricultural and laboratory animal environments, environmental control equipment, and corrosion in animal facilities. During one recent five-year period, he was the primary investigator for more than $1.4 million worth of grants from such agencies as NASA, NSF. EPA, ASHRAE, and the National Pork Producers Council. He is a co-founder and director for the Bioenvironmental and Structural System Laboratory which works closely with industry to test and develop commercial products.
Dr. Riskowski’s early career included service as a design engineer for Lesters of Minnesota, a product engineer for Wick Building Systems, and a plan service engineer for MidWest Plan Service.
U.S. Steel – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
After a distinguished career as a University of Illinois basketball player, Bob’s first job was with the farm building group put together by Doane’s Agricultural Service. As part of this team, he helped develop many new principles of rural construction still being used today.
A long-time friend to hundreds of builders and suppliers in the rural construction market, Bob has done a great deal to further the use of modern-day construction techniques in the rural building field.
Since its very beginning as an industry, Rowe has worked closely with builders, agricultural engineers, suppliers and others to help the farm building and grain system business develop into a multi-billion dollar market.
Timber Tech Engineering – Denver, Pennsylvania
Royer, president and sole owner of Timber Tech Engineering, graduated from Penn State in 1983 with a BS in agricultural engineering and a structures emphasis including structural design, agricultural structures, strength of materials, heat transfer, and mechanical drafting. He worked at Rigidply Rafters for six years as the company’s head engineer, and was responsible for the design and sale of glulam products, working directly with salesmen, customers, and the manufacturing department.
In 1990 he founded Timber Tech, which specializes in the design of post-frame buildings. The company’s design services include the structural design of the foundation, posts, roof systems, and other structural members. Timber Tech specializes in glulam beams and arches, as well as mortise and tenon timber frames.
Royer won the Sunkist Young Designer Award for Engineering Achievement from ASAE in 1992, and was named Young Engineer of the Year by the association in 1998. He has engineering certificates in 18 states.