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Wisconsin Academy Fellow Induction Year: 2018
Community and Business Leader
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Tom Boldt is the CEO of The Boldt Company, a 129-year-old construction services firm located in Appleton.  He is the fourth generation to lead the company.  Boldt is one of America’s largest construction entities with thirteen offices located throughout the country. They work in the sectors of healthcare, power, manufacturing, K-12 and higher education, pulp and paper, automotive and technology.  Under Tom Boldt’s leadership the company has grown in size and scope due to embracing strategic planning principles and inclusion of team members in decision making.  Boldt was an early adaptor of Japanese production methodology to the construction industry.  Boldt has championed sustainable building approaches to improve building performance.

Boldt has been very active as a community volunteer having served as a Trustee of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, member of the St. Olaf College Board of Regents, Chairman of Wisconsin Manufacturing and Commerce, President of the Appleton Family YMCA, Board Chair of the Aldo Leopold Foundation and past Board President of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters as well as past Chair of the Wisconsin Academy Foundation.

He currently serves on the board of the Nature Conservancy-WI Chapter, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation, Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Wisconsin Environmental Initiative and the University of Wisconsin- Madison  Engineering Department Industrial Advisory board among others.

Boldt is a frequent speaker on business ethics, safety, “Green” Building,” and Harry Houdini.  He has been inducted into the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame, received the UW-Madison Construction Club Lifetime Achievement Award, CAP Services-Gaylord Nelson and CEO Awards and been named Constructor of the Year by the American Institute of constructors.  In 2017, he was named Rotarian of the Year by the Appleton Downtown Rotary Club.

In 1974, Boldt received a BA from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.  His wife, Renee, inspires him with her enthusiasm for life and positive attitudes.  They have two children, Phillip (22) and Claire (17).

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