On the Move – April

Posted on Apr 1, 2009 :: People and Business on the Move
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PEOPLE NEWS | Maria Buss has been hired by the New York Life Insurance Company as an agent for the company and as a registered representative with NYLIFE Securities LLC. She is a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and is a designated Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow. She has more than 20 years of employment and business relationships in the financial services and insurance fields, corporate sector, health care, residential real estate and the institutional food service industry.

Baylake Bank has appointed Russell Ritchie to the position of financial center manager in Algoma. Ritchie is responsible for business development, staff development and general management of the Baylake Bank in Algoma. Ritchie earned a master’s degree in project management at the Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago and earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley has appointed former state representative Steve Wieckert and business executive Gary Hietpas to its board of directors. Wieckert was a Wisconsin state representative for the 57th Assembly District, representing Appleton and Little Chute from 1996-2008. Hietpas is president of Laminations, which is headquartered in Appleton and is part of Great Northern Corp.

Menasha Packaging in Neenah has announced the promotion of Jeff Krepline to executive director of its Retail Integration Institute. Krepline has been director of national sales and the retail integration institute since it was started in 2004. He has been with Menasha Packaging since 1991. Menasha Packaging has also announced that vice president of marketing Dennis Bonn has assumed responsibility for the company’s Retail Integration Institute. Bonn joined Menasha Packaging in June 2008.

Advance, the economic development arm of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, has added Jessica Beckendorf as associate vice president of economic development. In this newly established role, Beckendorf will manage various economic development programs and assist the vice president of economic development in the administration of the Advance annual work plan. Prior to joining the team at Advance, Beckendorf was an associate planner for the city of Menasha.

Human resources director Kathleen Bergquist has been promoted to vice president at Stephenson National Bank & Trust. She has also been named a member of the bank’s senior management team. Bergquist joined SNB&T in 2005 and is responsible for compensation planning and administration, recruitment and selection, employee relations and development, compliance, benefit administration and policy administration.

Praxilient Inc. of Appleton has added James Kyles as program scheduler; Jeff Blackman as a project manager; Kurt Sonnleitner as a project manager; and Patti Smith as an administrative leader.

Six employees from Smet Construction Services, a De Pere design/build construction management firm, attended the annual winter meeting of The Jack Miller Construction and Development Network in Orlando. The employees who attended included Scott Smet, president; Paul Belschner, vice president and CFO; Shaun McKeefry, general manager; Joash Smits, project manager; Tony Le Comte, project manager and Karen Klevesahl, executive assistant.

Five members of Unity’s nursing staff have achieved national certification in hospice and palliative care from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. Kim Quist, a licensed practical nurse, achieved recognition as Certified Hospice and Palliative Licensed Nurse and registered nurses Sharon Kowalkowski, Patti Martens, Karla Parmentier and Paula Rose achieved recognition as Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

Judy Behling of Place Perfect Realty has earned the Accredited Staging Professional designation through the International Association of Home Staging Professionals.

The Fox Cities Housing Coalition has elected its new executive officers for the 2009-10 term. New officers include Debra Dillenberg, executive director of the Appleton Housing Authority, as president; Lisa Schneider, executive director of the Housing Partnership, as vice president; Brian Brux of the Community Outreach Center, as treasurer; and Anne Fiorello of the Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley as secretary.

Legato Marketing & Communications of Green Bay has added Craig Gagnon and Kerry Geocaris as preferred partners. Gagnon’s career has focused on health-care communications strategy and branding. Geocaris also has a strong health-care marketing background and worked for Bellin Hospital and the Laser & Aesthetics Center of Green Bay.

Dr. Dean Fochios has joined ThedaCare Orthopedics Plus as an orthopedic surgeon. He will see patients at New London Family Medical Center and ThedaCare Physicians-New London. He received his medical degree from George Washington University and completed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and a sports medicine fellowship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

Virchow, Krause & Company has added Betsy Baudhuin, Ben Deering and John Schaeve as accountants in the Appleton office. Baudhuin has a business administration degree from Marquette University while Deering has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Marquette. Schaeve graduated from UW-La Crosse with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance.

Mike Pierron has been hired as a representative for Equitable Reserve Association in the Fox Cities. He brings more than 24 years of sales and marketing experience. Before joining Equitable Reserve, he was the sales and marketing manager at Landmark Staffing Resources and a motivational speaker with his own firm, “Dream Big.”

Julie Wulterkens recently joined the First National Bank – Fox Valley team as vice president-commercial banking. She will be responsible for expanding the bank’s commercial presence in Appleton and the surrounding area. She has 30 years of banking experience in the Fox Valley area, most recently serving as vice president-commercial banking for a multi-state regional bank. She serves as the board chair for Future Neenah Inc., the Impact Area Chair for the United Way Fox Cities Basic Needs Impact Area, and is involved in fund-raising for local nonprofit organizations.

Unity, a provider of hospice and palliative care, has named Nicole Priestaf Selner as assistant director of outreach. She will assist with the coordination of volunteer services, bereavement and general programs.

Mike Hoyng has joined Immel Construction as a senior project manager. He has more than 26 years of experience in the construction industry and has a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Cincinnati and his master’s degree in business administration from the Loyola University of Chicago.

Donsia Strong Hill, shareholder at Godfrey & Kahn, was inducted into the College of Applied Science and Technology Hall of Fame at Illinois State University. She serves on the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees, NWTC Foundation Board of Directors, New North, Inc. Board of Directors and Community Foundation of Greater Green Bay Women’s Fund Board of Directors.

Gary Vaughan, who most recently served as associate director of the Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College, has founded Guident Business Solutions, a consulting firm intended to help small business owners. He is chairman of the Small Business Committee at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a member of the Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Network and has been a judge for the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest for several years.



Appleton-based A2Z Design received a 2008 Gold Addy at the local level in the Publication Design – Editorial Feature category for Insight magazine’s “Brand Man” cover story in the September 2008 issue. A2Z Design also received a Silver Addy in the same category for “The Entrepreneurs’ Bank” feature in the June 2008 issue of Insight.

Both entries will now compete at the district level. Winning entries there then head to the national competition. The local awards were sponsored by the Fox River Ad Club. District and national Addy awards are sponsored by the American Advertising Federation.

“These were the only two awards given in the Publication Design category – a sweep,” says A2Z Principal Jeff Amstutz.

A Gold Addy is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence and is judged to be superior to all other entries in the competition. Entries that are also considered outstanding and worthy of recognition receive a Silver Addy.

Other winners of the local Addy awards will appear in an upcoming issue of Insight.

For more information, visit http://www.foxriveradclub.com/.



Appleton-based Coalesce Inc. has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration with Wisconsin’s 2009 Emerging Small Business of the Year award. The award is presented annually to an entrepreneurial firm that has been in business less than 10 years, with fewer than 25 employees and has a record of growth, innovation, response to adversity and a commitment to community service. Coalesce is co-owned by Lisa Piikkila, creative director, and Michelle Richard, director of operations. The award will be presented at the 24th annual Small Business Awards to be held June 5 at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha.

Consolidated Construction Co. of Appleton received Projects of Distinction honors from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin for the following projects: Beefeaters Grille and Ale House in Appleton; Cambria Suites in Appleton; and CompX in Grayslake, Ill.

DESIGN/Environments for Aging, a long-term care and senior care design competition, recently named Hoffman LLC, an Appleton-based planning, architecture and construction management firm, a Citation of Merit winner for 2009. Hoffman was one of only four firms to receive a Citation of Merit for the 2009 design competition, which received over 40 projects for consideration.

The 115 rooftop solar panels at SCA Tissue North America in the Town of Menasha have surpassed expectations since being installed in February 2008. Originally estimated to produce 22 megawatt hours of green energy per year, the solar electric photovoltaic system has exceeded that level by 15 percent in the first year of operation. The panels, covering a total of 1,500 square feet, have produced nearly 26 megawatt hours of green electricity and eliminated 22 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Affinity Health System is rolling out Affinity Medical Home – a new way of providing patient care. This care model is structured to deliver high quality, cost-effective primary care while increasing levels of satisfaction for patients, physicians and care team members. Affinity clinics in Oshkosh and Kaukauna are implanting the model. Affinity also announced it is moving patients from its Darboy clinic to the Kaukauna site to better provide care. The former Darboy clinic will now house administrative staff for Affinity Occupational Health.

Orion Energy Systems Inc. of Manitowoc has developed a parking lot lighting system designed to take energy savings and better lighting outdoors. The fixture boasts fluorescent lamps that reduce users’ energy consumption by 50 percent or more while increasing light levels in comparison to the legacy high-intensity discharge lights that are used in most parking lots today.

The Selmer Company of Green Bay has received the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin Safety Award for its outstanding 2008 safety record.

Fox Valley Technical College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Department has earned the Exemplary Status from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. This specialized accreditation is a voluntary action on the part of any culinary arts program that requires curriculum, faculty, resources, support staff and organizational structure to all meet or exceed rigorous quality standards in eight specific areas.

Golder Associates Inc., a consultant in geotechnical engineering and environmental services, has expanded its team in the Great Lakes region by adding offices in Green Bay. The Green Bay office provides engineering, compliance, construction management, permitting, remediation and budget review/due diligence services to various public and private clients and is led by Andy Nickodem and Mark Bergeon.

Skyline Technologies has moved to a larger location in the Appleton Center at 100 W. Lawrence St., Appleton. The Appleton location’s office relocation was prompted by the expansion of several growing service areas, including business intelligence, enterprise portals and online marketing.

FastCare, a brand of retail health clinics established by Bellin Health, was recently certified by the Convenient Care Association, a national organization dedicated to quality and safety.

ThedaCare employees donated 73,575 volunteer hours that benefited 641 nonprofit organizations during 2008. In addition, ThedaCare donated $50,400 to nonprofit organizations selected by the ThedaCare employees as a matching grant to their volunteer efforts. Based on the number of hours of service, employees may earn financial contributions from ThedaCare to be given to the charities of their choice.

Spirit Implements LLC has moved into a new state-of-the-art facility in the new Waupaca business park. The new facility is designed to self heat while running, requiring no input of fossil fuels for space heating. The company, which builds front-end loaders and attachments, is pursuing LEED certification for the facility.

Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. of Neenah and the American Gem Society have formed a unique partnership. As part of this alliance, the American Gem Society (AGS) exclusively endorses Jewelers Mutual’s commercial and personal jewelry insurance products. Jewelers Mutual pledges its support of the AGS as the presenting sponsor of the American Gem Society Conclave, the premier educational event for the jewelry industry.

Festival Foods is teaming up with registered dietitians from across Wisconsin to provide nutrition information to customers. Consumers can visit www.festfoods.com and e-mail in a question and it will be answered by either Mary Berg, Festival Food’s healthy living coordinator, or dietitians Jennifer Poots and Lisa Eierman.

Leibold Associates Inc., a strategic marketing and packaging design firm in Neenah, received five 2009 American Graphic Design Awards sponsored by Graphic Design USA. The awards were received for a Leibold Associates holiday gift package, two Kimberly-Clark Huggies wipes packages, a Kimberly-Clark Huggies new mom diaper bag and Neenah Paper packaging.

O’Connor Pharmacy in Brillion has moved to its new facility inside the EconoFoods, 109 S. Main St. The 1,100-square-foot pharmacy offers customers more front-end retail space with an expanded over-the-counter inventory, durable medical equipment, ostomy supplies and diabetic supplies. The pharmacy can be reached through its own entrance or through the store.

The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau has honored several organizations for its commitment to promoting the area. The 2009 Sports Award was presented to the Appleton Soccer Club for their many years of planning and hosting local tournaments. The National Catholic Forensics League was presented with the Convention Award. Long-time Bureau volunteer Mike Stevens received the Volunteer Award. The Heart of the Valley Chamber was presented with a Partnership Award for its support of the Fox Cities Regional Signage and Wayfinding initiative. A special “Fox Cities Original” award was presented to Troy Landwehr of Kerrigan Brothers Winery.

Sound Dimensions Disc Jockeys of Green Bay received a 2009 Bride’s Choice Award. Bride’s Choice Awards recognize and honor the top 3 percent of wedding vendors from the Wedding Wire Network. The Bride’s Choice Awards are determined by recent newlyweds through surveys and reviews.

Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy Environmental and Economic Research and Development Program has awarded grants to the following projects in the New North: the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Department of Natural and Applied Sciences received $164,853 for a project looking at the economic returns and ecological services by establishing biomass-yielding grasslands in Wisconsin; UW-Green Bay Department of Natural and Applied Sciences received $47,914 to research the life cycle analysis of pellet fuels; and the Sustainable Resources Institute in Florence received $95,550 to study renewable fuel availability, extraction and usage.

Dr. Jessica Serwe-Rodriquez of Ideal Chiropractic in Fond du Lac earned first place and $10,000 in the the Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan competition. Andy Reuland of Credit Coach Electronic Services (CCES) in Kaukauna earned second place and $6,000. Third place of $4,000 was awarded to Rob Zwettler and Dustin Overbeck of Town Accounting in Sturgeon Bay. The fourth place prize of $3,000 was awarded to Heather Whittaker of Pen-Tech Professional in Outagamie County; and the fifth place prize of $2,000 was awarded to C.J. Schmidt of Fiber MX in De Pere.

Sponsors of the competition include the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Partnership, Alliant Energy, Dominion, Florida Power and Light, Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, Fox Valley Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College, New North, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh College of Business.