Parker High School to hold Distinguished Vikings ceremony on Thursday

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Nick Crow
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

JANESVILLE — Parker High School will add two graduates to its list of Distinguished Vikings in a ceremony Thursday.

The Distinguished Vikings ceremony is in its fifth year and has honored 11 Parker graduates.

This year's honorees include a small-business owner and a company president and philanthropist.

Parker High School provided information about both:

-- Todd Kaiser, Parker Class of 1984, participated in the Industrial Vocational Club of America, played hockey and was a Parker Spiritman during his time in high school.

At age 21, Kaiser began working for Janesville Auto Transport Company. He then went to work for ABC Supply While at ABC, he lead the creation of the trucking company, ABC Express, which later became known as Blackhawk Transport. 

He later became the corporate fleet manager at ABC Supply. In April 1996, Kaiser started Kaiser Transport. The company grew significantly, and Kaiser Transport plans to add to the Janesville and Los Angeles terminals with four new terminals in Pennsylvania, Washington, Texas and Georgia.

In addition to his trucking business, Kaiser also is the owner of Kaiser Property Group, which includes holdings in residential properties and subdivisions, along with commercial, industrial and retail locations.

Kaiser prides himself on job creation through Kaiser Property's redevelopment of commercial property across Rock County and southern Wisconsin. He supports and contributes to local job creation in the community through Rock 5.0.

-- Jim Roherty, Parker Class of 1976, participated in cross-country and the Parker Marketing Club while at the high school.

After high school, Roherty stayed in Janesville and became a successful cabinet salesman. In addition to his full-time job, he attended UW-Rock County part-time.

In May 1981, he enrolled as a full-time student at Arizona State University's Del E. Webb School of Construction, graduating cum laude in 1984 with the highest honor for construction engineering.

In 1984, Roherty began as a project engineer for Sundt Construction, a Phoenix-based general contracting company.

He eventually was promoted to vice president of Ninteman Construction, a Sundt Construction acquisition.

Roherty and his family moved to San Diego in 1998, where he worked as vice president of development for American Assets, a company that specializes in building large-scale offices and retail complexes.

In 2004, he became president and part owner of Pacific Building Group, a company involved in hospital, office, and high-tech lab construction. Some of his company's major clients include Sony, Callaway Golf, Samsung and Taylor Made Golf.

In December 2013, he was nominated as one of the most influential people in San Diego.

Roherty lives in Encinito, California, where he serves on the board of management of the YMCA as well as on the board of Scrips Hospital Foundation. He is also a member of  the Associated General Contractors of San Diego.

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