The gift also was supported by Peter Hoeft. “He understands the company’s connection with UW-Stout,” Rideout said.
All of Hoeft’s new project managers and superintendents are UW-Stout graduates, many of whom were interns with the company. Hoeft typically has two to four UW-Stout interns a summer.
Rykal and Rideout believe in the university’s polytechnic approach to education. “We both had good internships at Stout, and it kick-started our careers,” Rykal said.
Hoeft Builders has a new office in the bustling River Prairie area of Altoona near Eau Claire. The company was founded in the 1980s by John Hoeft, Peter’s father. It provides construction management services, guiding businesses through projects from start to finish.
The company has expanded significantly in recent years, now with 40 employees and having done work in eight states.
The weight room gift is a testament to Hoeft Builders’ connection to UW-Stout as well as to an overarching mission to be a company that values the communities and people where it does business. “It’s a natural fit. We’re a construction company, but we’re a people company. We’re relationship-driven,” Rideout said.
The gift was featured in UW-Stout’s 2023 Outlook alumni magazine. The Alumni Association offers on- and off-campus alumni events, travel adventures, opportunities to impact student experiences and more. Contact the association to learn or to connect with alumni: 715-232-1151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.