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ISG Employee Spotlight

Meet Executive Project Coordinator Stephanie Merdan

When Stephanie Merdan started as a receptionist at ISG almost 15 years ago, she had no idea what opportunities the company would create for her. Read more about Stephanie, and find out what’s kept her at ISG for 15 years!

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Meet Employee Owner and Architect Nathan Compton

Catch up with Employee Owner and Architect Nathan Compton on all things architecture, ISU, and his passion for the Tiny Home Movement.

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Meet GIS Specialist Casey Decker

Read how ISG Employee Owner and GIS Specialist Casey Decker was able to turn one of his favorite hobbies, being outdoors, into a full time career.

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Meet Senior Designer Tom Katers

ISG Senior Designer, Tom Katers, loves solving the design challenges of the job and building relationships with clients and municipal reviewers. With strong roots in Brown County, Tom loves bettering his community-whether on the job at ISG, volunteering to review 140 page documents as a City of Bellevue Trustee, or kicking a soccer ball around with the team he coaches. If that sounds busy, he also has three active teenage boys and two dogs. But don’t worry- he’s able to recharge in the outdoors by camping, golfing, hunting, or just working in the yard. Inspiration, community service, employee ownership – let’s connect with Tom!

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Meet Director of Production Operations Randy Potter

ISG Employee Owner and Director of Production Operations, Randy Potter, is a frequent and friendly communicator, coordinator, and problem-solver at work. That is not the case at volleyball however, where his spikes rain on opponents. When he’s not in the office or on the court, the Certified Revit Professional and ESOP Committee Chair can be found wearing multiple hats. Randy proudly sports the “dad” badge with his two kids (number three on the way!), fishing, or cheering on a Minnesota sports team. Let’s check out what “sets” him apart from the status quo.

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Meet Architectural Design Stephanie Runkle

Stephanie Runkle always had appreciation for structures. Growing up in San Diego, then making to move to the Midwest, she was able to see a variety of cultural influences in buildings, based on location. Now as an architectural designer at ISG La Crosse, Stephanie gets opportunities to create that ever desirable "feeling" of an architectural structure. In between her collaboration with other ISGers on a variety of  projects, Stephanie gets to spend time with her two sons, Theron and Kellen, as well as put her feet on the pavement and see how far they will take her. Let's learn more about Stephanie and her roles inside and outside of ISG

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Meet Director of Finance and Accounting Alec Pfeffer

Director of Finance and Accounting Alec Pfeffer is a man of many talents and passions. Growing up, he knew he wanted to play college hoops. That is, until he fell for golf in the eighth grade and dreamed of making it to the PGA. While playing golf at his alma mater, St. Thomas, he discovered a big interest in business, specifically entrepreneurship. After 6+ years as a business banker for U.S. Bank, Alec became interested in ISG and its leadership’s vision for the future. Now that he works in a dream job at ISG, his goal is to be a slam dunk, hole-in-one dad and husband. Let’s learn more about Alec and his role at ISG.

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Careers In Architecture – Designing the Future

At ISG, employees who start in our Architecture Group (and company-wide) are encouraged to forge their own paths and pursue their passions. Explore the different career paths in architecture and what inspired architects to pursue a career in the field.

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