PEOPLE | Philip Flynn, who most recently served as vice chairman and chief operating officer for Union Bank in San Francisco, has been named president and CEO of Green Bay-based Associated Banc-Corp. He will replace Paul Beideman who will retire effective Dec. 1. Flynn has been with Union Bank since 1980.
Dr. Eric Smiltneek has joined ThedaCare Physicians-Oshkosh as a family practitioner. He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin and received his medical degree from the UW School of Medicine & Public Health. Smiltneek completed his residency at Columbia St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency in Milwaukee.
The Green Bay Gamblers have added Jessica French and Rachel Porath to their front office staff. French will focus on ticket and corporate sales, game day operations and other grass roots projects and Porath will focus on ticket and corporate sales and community relations.
Stephen J. Albers has joined the Stephenson National Bank & Trust as senior vice president and trust officer at the Marinette office. Albers has 34 years of financial services experience, most recently serving as senior vice president of Nicolet National Bank’s trust department.
Three employees have new roles at Integrity Mutual Insurance Co. Bree Sweetack has been promoted to senior property claims representative; Chad Bodenheimer has been promoted to the position of field property claims specialist; and Amy Hardy has been named senior casualty claims representative.
Sue Panek of the Oshkosh Area United Way received the Women in Management-Oshkosh Chapter Mentor Award.
Menasha Corp. has named William F. Ash to the position of president of ORBIS Corp., the company’s second largest operating division. Ash has been vice president of finance at ORBIS since 2004. He began his career with ORBIS in 2003 as corporate controller. Ash previously held positions with CNH Global, Case Corp. and Ford Motor Company.
Pamela M. Swanson has been named president of Airgas North Central. She joined Airgas in 2004 as vice president for Airgas North Central’s northeast division. Prior to joining Airgas, Swanson was vice president and chief operating officer for Interstate Welding Sales Corp. Before that, she taught high school business education in Green Bay.
The following individuals have completed the Venture Center’s Pro-Seed Program at Fox Valley Technical College: Jon Bartz of Martenson & Eisele Inc.; Carol Brauer of BrightStar Healthcare; Gene Dorn of D & D Excavating & Landscape Service, Inc.; Don Goggin of Pinnacle Photo & Portraits; Janet Golla of Janet’s Custom Design; Sara Holtz of American Animal Hospital; David Kozlowski of Kwik Investments, Inc.; David Lindenstruth of HuHot Mongolian Grill; Patrick Mahoney of American Animal Hospital; Aaron Matuszewski of Prefinished Staining Products, Inc.; Jerry Oberstadt of Oberstadt Landscapes & Nursery; Annilee Pietsch of The Pietsch Team; Diane Pruchnofski and Kim Pruchnofski of P & D Metal Works Inc.; Andy Reuland of The Credit Coach; and Jeff Schultz of Martenson & Eisele Inc.
The Neenah Rotary Club has elected its officers for 2009-10: Roy Appel, president; Jerry Rickman, past president; Pete Weyenberg, president-elect; Dana Kohlmeyer, secretary; and Michelle Bauer, treasurer.
Michele McKinnon, a member of the banking and creditors’ rights team, has been named a partner at Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C.
Fox Valley Technical College has promoted Pat Robinson to executive dean, overseeing all criminal justice programming, including federal grant initiatives, and Zoe Cujak to dean of the health division. Anthony Duff has been named coordinator of safety and security services at FVTC and Patricia Jorgensen has been named chair of curriculum, assessment and flexible. Lyna Matesi as been appointed distance learning coordinator.
Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay, a Bellin Health partner, has added two new providers: Dr. William J. Enright, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Paul Utrie, a board-certified rheumatologist. Enright attended college and medical school at the University of Wisconsin and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Utrie attended college and medical school at the University of Wisconsin. He completed his fellowship in rheumatology and his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Ned A. Haas has joined Skyline Technologies as business development manager. He will work with the sales team to maintain relationships with clients and reach out to new businesses.
Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group has added Michelle Finlayson in the Appleton office; Mary Gospodarek in Manitowoc; and Duane Miller in Oshkosh.
Timothy Nixon of Godfrey & Kahn’s office in Green Bay has been appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to its Preliminary Review Committee. The panel reviews investigations involving complaints against attorneys to determine whether there is cause for the director of the Office of Lawyer Regulation to file a complaint against an attorney with the Supreme Court.
Jodi Braun has been promoted director of operations with responsibility for Care Management, the Hospitalist Practice, Palliative Care and Pharmacy at Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. She also has oversight responsibility for Care Management and Pharmacy Operations at New London Family Medical Center.
Gail McNutt, vice president of human resources support services at Schneider National, received the Athena Award from the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.
Angela K. Murphy has joined Insight Creative Inc. in Green Bay as a digital media designer.
James Snyder has been named general manager of Neenah Printing, a division of Menasha Packaging that produces folding cartons and point-of-sale materials on paperboard and other substrates. Snyder has been sales manager at Neenah Printing since joining the company in 1998.
Sheila Schinke, executive vice president and chief operations officer at Prospera Credit Union, has been named interim chief executive officer after the retirement of Ken Eiden. A certified public account, Schinke earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lakeland College. She was Prospera’s CFO for 10 years before being named executive vice president.
Baylake Bank has added Kelly Peterik and Jonathan Peterson as mortgage lenders in its Green Bay area region. Peterik specializes in originating first mortgages for new home purchases, refinances or lot loans and new construction. Peterson specializes in developing new customers and referral relationships, along with assisting current customers with their mortgage needs.
Dr. Sarah Durst has joined ThedaCare Physicians-Waupaca as a family practitioner. She received her bachelor’s degree in genetics and her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin. She completed her residency at UW’s Department of Family Medicine and fellowships in rural medicine and obstetrics in Tacoma, Wash.
Brian Hartl of Baylake Wealth Services attended focus09, a leading financial services industry conference hosted by LPL Financial, the nation’s number one independent broker/dealer, in San Diego.
Ross Mueller, a wealth advisor at CitizensFirst Credit Union in Oshkosh, has completed the CFP Education Program, a recognized standard of knowledge and competence for the financial planning field.
Imaginasium, a Green Bay ad agency, has promoted Shelly DeBouche to production manager. Her responsibilities include estimating internal and external costs, coordinating all vendor relationships while ensuring quality control for all projects.
Jill Dickson, a Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group agent in Green Bay, received the Excellence in Professionalism Award from the Realtors Association of Northeast Wisconsin.
Dr. Sarah Marcoe has joined ThedaCare Physicians-Kimberly as a family practitioner. She received her bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin and her medical degree from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine-Rural Training Track, where she treated patients in Baraboo and Madison.
Dr. Michael Hiebert has joined Holy Family Memorial’s Woodland Clinic as an internal medicine physician. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed an internal medicine residency at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
John Kregel, a LEED accredited construction project manager with Somerville Inc. Architects and Engineers, has successfully completed all requirements to become a WasteCap accredited professional in construction and demolition debris recycling.
Citizens Bank has announced the appointment of Francine Edmunds as the branch manager for the Citizens Bank-Appleton branch located at 4321 W. College Ave. She has more than 14 years of experience in the banking industry.
Charles Craft has joined the Investment Center at Citizens Bank as a financial consultant. He has more than 18 years experience as a financial counselor. He will be based in Citizen’s Bank location on Oneida Street in Green Bay.
Brian Schalk has joined Appetize, franchisee of HuHot Mongolian Grill for the state of Wisconsin, as manager of marketing and guest relations.
Brenda Timm has been promoted to director of strategic communications and online services for Willems Marketing in Appleton.
Praxilient Inc. in Appleton has added Kent Kordsmeier and Tony J. Wickham to its staff. Kordsmeier’s role with Praxilient focuses on strategy deployment through portfolio management, metrics and operations management while Wickham will focus on training and development with an emphasis on leadership.
WFRV-TV Channel 5 meteorologist Justin Steinbrinck has been awarded the Seal of Approval of the American Meteorological Society in recognition of the quality of his television weather broadcasts.
Nurse practitioner Sarah Vande Hey has joined Affinity Medical Group in Menasha. She earned her master’s degree in nursing from UW-Oshkosh and her undergraduate degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn. She is also certified in advanced cardiac life support.
Kristin Nelson has joined ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services in Oshkosh as marketing coordinator. She will focus on developing and maintaining marketing, education and customer service programs.
Tech Guides, Greenville, has hired Chris Nimmer as a technology advisor.
Hannah Setser has joined Motion Synergy Physical Therapy in Appleton. She is a nationally certified massage therapist and recent graduate of the Fox Valley School of Massage.
Dr. Raman Ashta has joined Affinity Medical Group in Menasha as a family practitioner. Ashta earned her medical degree from Government Medical College in Amritsar, India, where she also completed her internship. She served as chief resident with the Forbes Family Practice Residency Program in Monroe, Pa.
Fox Valley Technical College recently honored 15 individuals for outstanding service as members of the college’s program advisory committees. Recipients include retired Neenah police chief Ray Appel; James Austad, Oshkosh Fire Department; Bridget Cullen, Child Care Resource & Referral; James Denis, Velocity Machine; Beth DuChateau, ThedaCare at Home; Dean Ebert, Gundrum Brothers Farm Supply; Kimeko Hagen, Options Treatment Programs; Margie Harvey, Miles Kimball; Randy Johnson, Cummins N Power; Capt. David Kiesner, Outagamie County Justice Center; James Richmond, School District of Waupaca; Dave Rohan, Engine Power; Kevin Sommer, Service Motor Co.; Jay Stephany, Goodwill Industries; Kim Winter, J. J. Keller & Associates.
IN OTHER NEWS …
Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin Inc. has introduced a new program called GoodBusiness to help low- to moderate-income people realize their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs. Marijo Upshaw, a longtime volunteer with Goodwill, has been hired to lead this new program.
Bassett Mechanical of Kaukauna has completed the construction of a 250,000-pound pressure vessel tower, which will be used to refine crude oil into gasoline at a major Midwestern oil refinery. The 164-foot long vessel is the largest piece of equipment ever fabricated by Thermatech, the pressure retaining fabrication division of Bassett Mechanical.
Physicians practicing at both St. Elizabeth Hospital and Mercy Medical Center have implanted a new pacemaker equipped with wireless technology that can notify physicians of changes in their patients’ device or condition. The latest technology, developed by St. Jude Medical, improves patient care and makes device follow-up more efficient and convenient for both patients and physicians. Dr. Zenoun Abouzelam at St. Elizabeth Hospital Heart, Lung & Vascular Center in Appleton and Dr. Issam Al-Bitar, Mercy Medical Center’s Heart & Lung Center in Oshkosh, implanted the Accent RF pacemakers to monitor patients’ hearts and provide electronic stimulation when the heart beats too slowly.
Somerville Inc. Architects and Engineers received the 2009 Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Leadership Award for the design of the Fox Valley Technical College – Waupaca Regional Center. The award recognizes leadership in energy-efficient and sustainable design, construction and operation of Wisconsin commercial and other non-residential buildings and related systems.
The Bellin Foundation has received two donations to benefit Bellin’s $13 million emergency department remodeling project. Somerville, Inc. Architects and Engineers made a donation of $75,000 toward the project while Festival Foods donated $50,000.
The Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation’s sixth annual dinner raised $70,000 in donations, providing further financial support for the expanded surgery center at New London Family Medical Center.
NANDA International has hired Leonard & Finco Public Relations Inc. of Green Bay to develop and implement a strategic public relations program for the organization, which represents nurses from around the world.
Stephenson National Bank & Trust staff members have earned the Financial Education Recognition Award for their outstanding financial education efforts. This is the 10th year in a row that the bank has received this honor.
Fox Premier Meetings and Incentives of Oshkosh has been named to the third annual “CMI 25” list of the industry’s largest and most influential full-service independent meeting and incentive travel management companies focused on the corporate market.
Gandrud Auto Group is building a new Nissan dealership in Green Bay. Bayland Buildings Inc. is constructing the 42,550-square-foot facility that includes an eight-car showroom, a 10-bay service department and a 1,759-square-foot parts department.
US Airways Flt. 1549 pilots Sully Sullenberger and Jeff Skiles have been named the new leaders of the EAA Young Eagles Program, replacing actor Harrison Ford.
Tool Systems of Ashwaubenon, a provider of abrasives, cutting tools and measuring instruments to the manufacturing industry is expanding to a new location on American Drive in the West De Pere Industrial Park.
Orion Energy Systems of Manitowoc has been named a finalist for the prestigious Platts Global Energy Awards, often described as the Academy Awards of the energy industry. Orion’s innovative, patent-pending Orion Virtual Power Plant was nominated in the category of Energy Efficiency Program of the Year. The Orion Virtual Power Plant, or OVPP, delivers guaranteed energy savings to Orion’s customers while providing needed relief to the stressed electric grid, all with no capital expense or technological risk.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has added PAM-12 Plus made by ENCAP LLC, a Green Bay-based innovator of advanced soil technologies to its list of approved soil stabilizer products.
Thrivent.com, the official website of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, received the Standard of Excellence WebAward from the Web Marketing Association in the Financial Services and Non-Profit categories.
ThedaCare Behavioral Health is consolidating its Fox Cities outpatient services to better serve the needs of patients and their families by renovating its Midway Road campus. The $330,000 project includes creating an easy-to-navigate registration area, moving waiting areas closer to providers, and building a comfortable café area where family members can wait while their loved ones receive treatment. ThedaCare Behavioral Health is also moving its psychiatry, neuro-psychology and Alzheimer’s Center for Excellence from a clinic on Westhill Boulevard in Grand Chute and the mental health day treatment center at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah to the Midway Road location.
Ledgeview Partners of Appleton has been named to the 2009 Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club, receiving recognition from Microsoft Corporation for its commitment to customers.
Fox Valley Technical College is offering new training in identifying and reducing carbon footprints through its “Environmental Management Systems in Emerging Technologies” certificate. Trainees will learn how to measure, manage, and reduce an organization’s carbon footprint through exploring sustainability in business, environmental and societal perspectives.
Leibold Associates Inc., a Neenah strategic marketing and packaging design firm, received eight 2009 American Graphic Design Awards sponsored by Graphic Design USA.
The Marketing Services team at Fox Valley Technical College earned two winning entries at the annual National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 3 conference. The college placed third in two categories, earning bronze medals in the magazine category for its bi-annual publication, Focus, and in the media success story category for coverage of a student-led project out of the Automated Manufacturing Systems program, “Guitar Hero Robot.”
Concepts Research Corp. of Belgium ($735,882) and Eck Industries of Manitowoc ($62,484) were among 39 Wisconsin companies to receive 64 federal research and development grants totaling more than $29.3 million.
Affinity Health System is investing $65 million over the next three years to renovate and remodel St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. The project includes renovations and remodeling in the Emergency Department; Outpatient Rehabilitation; Outpatient Procedure Space; Women & Families BirthPlace Unit; Breast Center; Radiology; and Cancer Center. The hospital’s power plant will also be expanded and renovated, reducing the hospital’s energy usage by 30 percent.
The expansion and remodeling project will be funded through a combination of support from Affinity Health System sponsors, cash from operations and community support through a fundraising campaign.
BusinessWeek has named Oshkosh the best place to raise kids in Wisconsin in its new report, “Best Places to Raise Your Kids 2010.” BusinessWeek cited Oshkosh for the top honor in Wisconsin because of its location, indoor recreation opportunities, schools, and safety.
NATIONAL HONORS FOR THEDACARE PHYSICIANS
ThedaCare Physicians has been honored by the American Medical Group Association for its patient-focused care. The AMGA named ThedaCare Physicians as one of three Acclaim Award Honorees for 2009. The awards honor organizations that provide ideal delivery of care to patients according to the Institute of Medicine standards.
ThedaCare Physicians was recognized for its new model of care delivery, which completely redesigned the patient office visit from the initial call for an appointment through the entire office visit and continuing with follow-up care.