The Weitz Company
“It may be a genetic disorder, but I had no choice but to be in construction. It’s a good thing I loved it.” From the time he was 13, Glenn De Stigter was immersed in commercial construction – first with his father’s company and later with The Weitz Company.
With a firm foundation in all facets of the business, Glenn’s visionary, entrepreneurial and leadership skills are the primary reason the company is a major player in the industry. Under his leadership, he transitioned the company from a family-owned business to an employee-owned business, and he led the expansion into several new market sectors and several new geographic markets. He was instrumental in revising the corporate governance structure to better fit the needs of a large, growing company. In May 2002, Glenn was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Construction Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the States of Iowa and Nebraska.
Glenn’s contributions to the community, as well as his alma mater, Iowa State University, are significant. In particular, his involvement with the College of Engineering is noteworthy. He personally initiated the development of The Weitz Fund for Excellence, which is used to enhance the capabilities of the department. The creation of the On-Site Weitz Learning Lab (OWL2 ) was driven in large part by Glenn, as was the funding drive to hire a qualified instructor in the mechanical and electrical engineering field. In addition, he facilitated a formal alliance between the college and The Weitz Company to pursue five objectives that would benefit both Weitz employees and ISU civil and construction engineering students. ISU now uses this alliance as an example to build additional corporate relationships.
During the past 40 years, Glenn has also lent his leadership skills to numerous boards such as the Wells Fargo Bank Iowa N.A. Community Board, United Way, Polk County Tax Payers Association, Greater Des Moines Better Business Bureau and many others.
Glenn’s family includes his wife, Vi, and their three sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.