The next generation of leadership officially took the reins of JBJ Companies, Inc. in 1993, providing a cohesive vision of the company’s trajectory for the past 25 years. The three managing partners include siblings Brian J. Bence, Theresa Weiterman and Scott Bence, all of whom grew up actively engaged in the business. They have concentrated on their unique areas of expertise, their collective talent forming a highly effective collaboration. Founder Jerome “Chip” Bence, who had guided the growth of the business and scope of its operations for the prior 30 years, mentored his children to continue the vision, as his father did before him. Since taking the reins, the three siblings and partners have consistently navigated JBJ Companies, Inc. through changing tides of the real estate and development market, solidifying the foundation for the next generation of leadership.
Brian J. Bence serves as President of JBJ Companies, Inc. He was the first to join his father’s company, in 1990, and immediately cultivated his role as the primary construction supervisor, handling all construction as well as supervising maintenance of multi-family and office property. Brian graduated from U.W. Whitewater with a Bachelor Degree in Finance and Real Estate, and remains passionate about his role within the company and the building industry in general. “The gratification I get from seeing a concept of a structure on a piece of paper, watching the trades put the structure together, then actually walking through the final project, never gets old. I can’t wait to start the next project.”
Theresa Weitermann joined the company in 1991, following 4 years of working at a Big 6 accounting firm. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from U.W. Whitewater with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, and has her CPA license. She was also one of a select group of students recognized nationally as an Elijah Watt Sells recipient for high achievement on the CPA exam. As Treasurer of JBJ Companies, Teri oversees the finances for all departments and projects. She also manages human resources, the property management department and leasing policies and procedures.
Scott Bence joined JBJ Companies in 1993, upon which the transition of management and ownership to the next generation was complete. Scott graduated from U.W. Whitewater with a Bachelor Degree in Finance and Real Estate and is a member of the National Association of Realtors as well as the Wisconsin Realtors Association. He manages all sales of custom homes, condominiums and land, in addition to the leasing of commercial space. Scott also handles most property purchases and overseas the initial stages of construction and development, which includes working with architects and municipalities to get projects approved. Scott’s passion outside of the building and development business extends to competitive skiing, and he is currently a board member of the US Ski & Snowboard Region II.