About Holger: He is currently single and living in Westland, Michigan. Holger has two daughters, Kristen Bieniewicz (1969 - West '87) and Kimberly Stirparo (1971 - Westland '89) and three grandsons, Kyle (2000) and Joshua (2005) Bieniewicz and Julian Stirparo (2006).
After graduation Holger attended Michigan Tech. The skiing was great and future Hall of Fame goaltender Tony Esposito was in the nets for Tech and the hockey was awesome. So much for that.
Now needing employment Holger began working as a laborer at a conveyor engineering and fabrication company. Over the next 14 years Holger worked as a machine operator, hi-lo driver, welder, fitter, layout, machinist, millwright, supervisor and Head Quality Control Inspector. Then the company was bought out and soon thereafter, shut down. The connections made during those years would prove valuable in the future.
The next few years were rough working multiple part-time jobs at once. Then Holger ran into a former co-worker who told him about a new conveyor company that was looking for experienced help. Shortly after starting this job another former co-worker, who ran the company, said they were short staffed in engineering and asked if Holger could draw. With three years of Mr. Splittgerber's Mechanical Drawing classes on his résumé Holger's career now moved from conveyor fabrication to conveyor engineering. After a number of years at a drafting table and then AutoCAD designing and detailing for conveyor manufacturers, Holger joined an engineering consulting firm. In addition to design and detail work, Holger's duties now included working on path and equipment layouts for entire assembly lines. This position included extensive travel throughout the US, Canada and Mexico to automotive, farm equipment, appliance, and aviation facilities.
After working in the conveyor industry for 40 years things bottomed out during the automotive bailout years. Still enjoying food and drink, and not yet retirement age, Holger found work in a produce warehouse where he is still employed.
When not working Holger enjoys attending his grandson's sporting events, a good beer, and a good cigar. Once retired Holger may try his hand at brewing his own beer.