PEOPLE | Ann K. Lawson is the new vice president and chief financial officer for Nicolet National Bank. She will have responsibility for all financial functions at Nicolet National Bank including accounting, reporting, treasury and internal audit. Lawson is a graduate from Truman State University and has degrees in accounting and finance.
Julia E. Wallace, executive vice president and provost of Central Michigan University, has been selected as the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. At Central Michigan, the state’s fourth-largest public university with more than 27,000 students, Wallace had oversight for five undergraduate colleges.
Dr. Darin Wright has joined Affinity Medical Group Ear, Nose and Throat in Appleton as an otolaryngologist. Wright earned his medical degree from the University of California School of Medicine and completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, N.Y.
Dave Krueger has joined the business consulting team of Innovative Learning Strategies LLC in Appleton.
FullfillNet Inc. of Green Bay has announced several staff changes. DeDe Heid has been promoted to the role of director of sales, Jim Bott has been promoted to the role of account executive and Jill Dougherty has been hired as a client services manager.
Walter S. Rugland, the retired executive vice president of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and current chairman of the Board of Trustees of ThedaCare, was named an “Insurance Legend” by the Actuarial Foundation at its awards luncheon, the equivalent of a hall of fame.
Schenck Business Solutions has hired several new employees. In Appleton, Jim Baker has joined Schenck as a staff assistant; Brenda Jacklin has joined as a mailroom assistant; Dustin Mueller has joined as an infrastructure support specialist-DBA software analyst; and Richard Polakowski has joined the office as a senior accountant. In the Green Bay office, David Donze and Veronica Nelson have joined Schenck as staff assistants and Kathleen Schultz has joined as an assembler. In the Sheboygan office, Joshua McDaniel joined Schenck as a staff assistant.
Todd Steffes of Matthews Tire and Auto Service Center in Fond du Lac has been named to the advisory board for Moraine Park Technical and Craig Keberlein has been named to the advisory board at Neenah High School. Both advisory boards are specifically automotive boards composed of real world professionals active in the automotive industry.
Matthews Tire and Auto Service Center in Appleton has added Dan Plamann as a new sales representative. He has more than 27 years experience in the automotive care industry.
Tina Beck has joined Competitive Strategies Inc. as a business consultant. Beck will focus on accounting software implementation and business process improvement.
The Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin and the American Ambulance Association have honored Tim Martin, a paramedic with New London Family Medical Center Ambulance, as part of its Wisconsin Stars of Life Recognition Program.
Physical therapist Emily Ladd has joined Orthopedic & Spine Therapy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from UW-La Crosse and is board certified in orthopedics.
Tim Bolwerk of OMNNI Associates in Appleton received the 2008 Outstanding Airport Construction Award for his role as resident engineer on the construction of the new Air Traffic Control Tower at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The award is presented by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics.
CRL Senior Living Communities in Neenah has added Penny Pagel as regional director of clinical services. With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, Pagel will focus on developing clinical programs in collaboration with the entire CRL clinical team of licensed nurses.
The Selmer Co. of Green Bay has announced that Dave Schleis, vice president, and Gary Huc, senior superintendent, have become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professionals.
Cypress Benefit Administrators has hired Jeff Flannigain as manager for its Argus Claim Review division; Greg Berth as regional sales manager; and Renee Oskey as an account executive. Cypress Benefit Administrators has also promoted Lisa Welch to supervisor of marketing and stop loss.
John F. Hager, an attorney with Hager, Dewick, & Zuengler, S.C., in Green Bay, has been chosen as one of Wisconsin Law Journal’s Leaders in the Law for 2009.
Kevin Shumann of Consolidated Construction Co. has earned his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional status. Consolidated Construction has added Gene Schleusner in the business development department and Curtis Schroeder as director of architectural services.
Affinity Medical Group has added Barb Viste-Johnson to its Kaukauna clinic as a part of the Affinity Medical Home team. She specializes in evaluating individuals and families coping with behavioral health issues. Viste-Johnson earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her bachelor’s degrees in social work and human development from UW-Green Bay.
The Appleton Retirement Community has added three staff members to its team. Dennis Nagan has joined the team as new executive director, Donna Stammer has been named community relations manager and Tina Truehart has been named administrative assistant.
Therese B. Pandl has been named president and chief executive officer of the Hospital Sisters Health System’s Eastern Wisconsin Division. Pandl is also named as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. Previously, she was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Columbia St. Mary’s, a large hospital system in Milwaukee.
TechNosis Inc. of Appleton has hired Jeff Nelson as vice president of marketing and sales. Before joining TechNosis, he ran the Money Mailer franchise in Appleton and held account executive positions in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. markets with Trader Publishing and Primedia.
Klaus Lemke has been named manager of Miron Construction Co.’s new Milwaukee office. Lemke has more than 18 years of experience and leadership in construction management with a focus on project management, estimating, preconstruction planning, management systems and continuous improvement.
Keller Inc., a Kaukauna-based design/build general contractor, has named Jerry Cohen to its board of directors, appointed him as an ESOP Trustee and a company officer. Cohen has worked for Keller for the past 33 years.
The Chamber of Manitowoc County Board of Directors has added Mike Potts of Orion Energy Systems and Lynn Kroll of Wisconsin Public Service.
Ryan Bittner has been named chief financial officer and vice president of finance and corporate services for J.F. Ahern Co. Bittner brings more than 15 years of financial and management expertise to the position. Bittner will also be a member of Ahern’s Board of Directors and Management Committee.
Dr. Amy James, an internist at Bellin Health, and Helen Wellens, an advanced practice nurse practitioner at Bellin, have received certification in Hospice and Palliative Care. James received board certification from the American Board of Medical Subspecialties. Wellens was certified by the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses.
Appleton Downtown Inc. has selected officers for the coming year: president, Jay Schumerth, Radisson Paper Valley Hotel; vice president, Trevor Frank of Short, Elliott, Hendrickson Inc.; secretary, Terry Dawson, Appleton Public Library; and treasurer, Mary Greiner, Schenck Business Solutions.
Omega Fields, a division of ENRECO Inc., has appointed Roy Pirrung of Sheboygan as sales manager and national spokesperson for its Omega Fields Health brand of nutritional products.
PMI Entertainment Group has hired Barbie Patterson to the newly created position of director of sales. Patterson will be the primary sales contact for the company for Resch Center suites and club seats, building signs and other major sponsorships.
Dinner Helpers has promoted Jenniece Vandinter to store manager.
Dr. Christopher Lau has purchased the Berlin practice of Belville Fletcher Chiropractic and has changed the name of the business to Lau Chiropractic and Wellness Center.
Patrick Hopkins, president of Imaginasium Inc. was recently named Business Person of the Year by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. The award is given to a business owner who shows exceptional achievement in business and community leadership qualities.
Jay Davide, a licensed athletic trainer for ThedaCare Orthopedics Plus, received the Wisconsin Athletic Trainer’s Association 2009 Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the athletic training profession in Wisconsin for the last 20 years.
Tom Martin, Amy Cebulski and Bob Sullivan received awards from the YMCA of the Fox Cities. Martin was the recipient of the Tom Prosser Leadership Award for the Neenah-Menasha YMCA; Cebulski received the Douglas A. Ogilvie Leadership Award for the Fox West YMCA; and Sullivan received the Lucile R. Orbison Leadership Award for service and involvement with the Appleton YMCA. New board members for the Appleton YMCA are Pat Began, Karen Brice, Keith Ende, Chad Herschner, Dr. Iris Torres and Jane Zuck. Selected to the Fox West YMCA Operations Committee are Dan Buelow, Kip Wenninger, Pete Gervais and Barb Armstrong. Being added to the Heart of the Valley YMCA board are Mike Rosner, Annie Koll, Jeff Scott, Dave Salzwedel and Cathy Kari. New to the Neenah-Menasha YMCA board are Dan Englehard and Laurie Butz. Steve Tyink and Jeff Strenger have joined the corporate board.
Laminations has hired Kevin Kelly as the account manager for Illinois and Iowa. He brings to the position more than 17 years of sales and sales management experience.
OSHKOSH AND DE PERE FIRMS WIN STATE HONORS IN BUSINESS PLAN CONTEST
Green 3 Organic Apparel of Oshkosh won top prize in the business services category as part of the sixth annual Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Owners Jim and Sandy Martin design, market and distribute environmentally friendly apparel and soft home products through a nationwide network of nearly 300 specialty stores, as well as global catalog retailers such as Sundance, the Discovery Channel and others.
Second place in the advanced manufacturing category went to FiberMX, a De Pere-based company that produces a low-cost blend of recycled cellulose and synthetic fiber used to reduce cracks in concrete.
Contestants in the business plan competition were required to submit a 20-page business plan for review by a panel of 71 judges established by the Wisconsin Technology Council. Each plan described the core product or service, defined the customer base, estimated the size of the market, identified competition, listed members of the management team and provided key financial data.
IN OTHER NEWS … IEI General Contractors Inc. of De Pere has received a Safety Excellence Award presented by the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin for its 2008 safety record. This award is given to construction firms who have achieved excellence in construction safety. The company has more than 100,000 hours without an OSHA lost time recordable injury.
Community members, area businesses and Appleton Medical Center employees contributed more than $26,000 towards the Appleton Medical Center Foundation’s Rubies and Roses “Un-Gala.” The money is going to the Healing Hearts Fund, which supports cardiac rehabilitation for those who otherwise could not afford the expense.
Precision Concrete Floors of Oshkosh and Northern Concrete Inc. of Denmark received a Golden Trowel award at the 20th annual World of Concrete competition in Las Vegas for their work on a 254,800-square-foot cement floor for the Sturm Foods Corp. of Manawa.
US Lamp Inc. in Green Bay was recently awarded a contract with the City of La Crosse to provide lighting design and engineering specifications for high-efficiency lighting and controls at the city’s existing ice arena.
ThedaCare employees recently delivered a record 10,640 canned food items to area food pantries seeing increased demand as the economy continues to struggle. This is the fourth year ThedaCare employees participated in a company-wide food drive.
A.M. Best Co. has assigned a financial strength rating of A (Excellent) to Integrity Mutual Insurance Company of Appleton. Integrity also announced its direct premium writings for 2008 totaled $92 million.
Innovative Learning Strategies LLC of Appleton has branched out into the medical field with the implementation of its newest consulting service, Medical Team Resource Management (M-TRM). M-TRM is a comprehensive program that has been designed to transform the health care system and create a culture of safety.
Skyline Technologies, an information technology company with offices in Appleton and Green Bay, is in the initial stages of establishing the region’s first Northeast Wisconsin Agile Users Group. The group will promote the principals of the Agile software development methodology as embodied in the various Agile practices, such as SCRUM and eXtreme programming.
St. Vincent Hospital and Advanced Pain Management has teamed up to open The Pain Centers of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The clinic, which is located at 2595 Development Drive, Suite 150, Bellevue, is led by Dr. Marco Araujo, who is board certified in both pain management and anesthesiology.
St. Vincent Hospital’s Surgery Department is now using the O-ARM Imaging System, a complete multidimensional surgical imaging platform. St. Vincent Hospital is the first in Wisconsin to offer the new system for surgeons whose patients need spine or orthopedic surgery. Its mobile imaging platform is optimized for such surgeries and allows the surgeon a three-dimensional view in order to properly place screws in any bony anatomy.
Outagamie County will host the 2012 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. The event was secured through a bid spearheaded by Outagamie County with the support of the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. The three-day outdoor event draws approximately 80,000 people annually.
The Center for Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery in Neenah has been accredited for three years by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The accreditation distinguishes The Center from many other outpatient surgical facilities by providing a safe work environment and the highest quality of care to patients.
The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will begin offering a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) program in the summer of 2010. This is UW-Oshkosh’s first doctorate program.
Dimension IV, a Green Bay-based, architectural and planning firm, has acquired Kempinger Putman Architects of Oshkosh.
BEM Bordeaux Management School, Bordeaux, France (BEM) and UW-Green Bay have established a Degree Program Partnership at the Master’s level. Under the partnership, starting in the fall of 2009, students will enroll in a minimum of 15 credits at UW-Green Bay. During the spring semester in Bordeaux, students will complete 15 equivalent credits. These credits will be accepted as transfer credits in the Masters of Management program at UW-Green Bay. Students will then complete their degree requirements during the following fall semester.
The Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Green Bay East, managed by Swift Hospitality Group of Freeport, Ill., has received the 2008 President’s Gold Award. The President’s Gold Award is presented by Carlson to properties that achieve exceptional guest service satisfaction measured by consistent guest feedback that often exceeds the Carlson brand quality standards.
Keller Planners, Architects and Builders of Kaukauna has been ranked No. 1 in Wisconsin and No. 8 in the nation of top metal builders in 2008 according to Metal Construction News. The rankings are based on tons of steel purchased and square footage. Keller Inc. used 7,557 tons of steel in 2008.
The Financial Information and Service Center has moved to the Goodwill Community Center at 1800 Appleton Road. FISC is joining the more than 20 different not-for-profit agencies and organizations that are housed at the center.
The Hu Hot Mongolian Grill in Madison received a first place commercial design award as the best new development or renovation from Madison’s InBusiness Magazine. The Madison Hu Hot, which is owned and operated by Appleton-based Appetize, opened in December 2008. Blue Design Group of Hortonville was the Architect of record and Northstar Contracting of Little Chute was the General Contractor of the site.
Affinity Medical Group is using an electronic registry and an automated messaging system from Dallas-based Phytel Inc. as part of its plan to transform clinics into “patient-centered medical homes.” Affinity is one of a handful of healthcare systems nationwide that is implementing the medical home concept to help its physicians deliver personalized care to patients.
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company of Neenah and Jewelers of America have formed a strategic alliance to enhance the services each provides to the retail jewelry industry. Through this partnership, Jewelers of America exclusively endorses Jewelers Mutual’s commercial and personal jewelry insurance products. Jewelers Mutual pledges its support of Jewelers of America through continued sponsorship and funding for its projects, initiatives and industry events.
The National Association of Tax Professionals has moved to a new facility at W6390 Quality Drive, Greenville. Founded in 1979 by local tax professionals, the National Association of Tax Professionals has grown to be the largest tax professional association in the country with nearly 20,000 members.
WS Packaging Group Inc. has won the Business Friend of the Environment Award for environmental innovation by the Wisconsin Environmental Working Group, an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Conference. WS Packaging received the award in part for its efforts at its Algoma facility to keep about 115 tons of waste material per month from the local landfill. The company has partnered with a state firm that turns the waste material into industrial pellets that can be mixed with coal and bio-fuels to heat buildings and generate electricity.