PEOPLE NEWS | Mary Felton, formerly vice president of human resources at TIDI Products and director of human resources at Miller Electric, has launched a counseling firm called HR Business Partners LLC. Felton uses her 20-plus years of experience to partner with businesses to deliver professional HR services and solutions based on the company’s individual needs.
The Kohler Co. Board of Directors has named David Kohler as president and chief operating officer. He will lead the company’s Kitchen & Bath Group, Global Power Group, Interiors Group and Technical Services, reporting to Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., the company’s chairman and chief executive officer. The Kohler Co. board of directors also elected Jim Westdorp to group president – Kitchen & Bath, succeeding David Kohler. Previously, Westdorp served as president of Global Faucets and Kitchen & Bath Europe. Replacing Westdorp, Jeff Mueller will move from managing director of Kohler Mira showers in the United Kingdom to a broader responsibility for global faucets, headquartered in Wisconsin.
Hoffman LLC employees Dave Dickinson and Wendy Leeman have earned their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation.
Virginia Helein has joined Immel Construction’s accounting team as the payroll and accounting coordinator. She will be responsible for all aspects of payroll, including weekly, monthly, quarterly and year- end reporting. Helein has more than 25 years of experience in business and financial management, including six years in the construction industry. Joe Davis
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company’s board of directors has appointed Darwin Copeman
Connie Rank-Smith, vice president of human resources at Jewelers Mutual Insurance, has been named to a blue-ribbon panel that will select winners of a national employee benefits recognition program, “The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security.” Rank-Smith will join seven other experts in employee benefits and human resources in evaluating entrants for the 2009 recognition.
Joel Matthies, chief information officer at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., has been named to the Jewelers Board of Trade in New York.
John Carrier, the director of information technology at EAA in Oshkosh, has joined Pioneer Credit Union’s board of directors.
Dr. Ashok Rai of Prevea Health has joined the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Rai is the president and chief executive officer of Prevea Health, a physician-owned, multi-specialty clinic offering primary and specialized health care to patients throughout Northeast Wisconsin.
The Wolf River Area Healthcare Foundation board of directors has added a new member and announced its executive committee for the coming year. New London resident Kristine Hoell, who worked as a nurse and foundation volunteer, is joining the board. The board also selected its executive committee for the coming year: Harry Radix of First State Bank, president; Dr. Donn Fuhrmann of ThedaCare Physicians-New London, vice president; Jim Olson of Wolf River Community Bank, vice president; Bill Schmidt of New London Family Medical Center, vice president; Jackie Suehring of Premier Community Bank, treasurer; and Michael Meyer of Meyer Law Firm, secretary.
Steve Peterson, president of Mid-States Aluminum Corp., has received the C.L. Grieber Award of Merit from the Wisconsin Association of Career & Technical Education and the Moraine Park Association for Career and Technical Education for his work on Project GRILL with the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce.
Cindy Veit of Appleton has opened NEW Flag LLC, a business dedicated to helping companies, schools, organizations and individuals find and maintain flags, flag poles and related items.
Willems Marketing has named Lorian Meyer a project specialist. Willems Marketing has also hired Debra Sutton as a graphic designer, responsible for design concepts, layouts and production.
Lakeside Foods has added Nanci Geiser as a systems analyst/programmer at the Manitowoc headquarters. She will be responsible for the analysis, design and implementation of new application systems and programs, and provide support and maintenance to existing computer applications. A graduate of Lakeland College, she worked in IT for 11 years at the Salvatorian Center in New Holstein. Erica Nonhof has been named assistant warehouse manager – frozen at Lakeside Foods’ Manitowoc distribution center. Prior to joining Lakeside, Nonhof was employed as a business manager for Departika, a graphic design and website development company.
Kris Achterberg has been named manager of purchasing and supply chain at Laminations, a part of Great Northern Corp.’s Specialty Group. He will be responsible for the supply chain, including sourcing, purchasing, logistics, transportation and inventory management.
Lisa Jorgensen has been named account manager for Omni Resources Inc., an IT consulting company, at its Appleton office. Previously, she was in a dual role of account management and technical recruiter. Jorgensen will now focus on account management and developing new client relationships.
Infusion, a Green Bay-based marketing and communications agency, has added Anne Bronsveld as copywriter/graphic designer. A graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, she is currently working on her thesis to complete her M.F.A. in advertising design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Peggy School has been named vice president of clinical care at New London Family Medical Center. School is also the hospital’s chief nursing officer. School oversees the medical/surgical unit, the Family Birth Center, respiratory therapy, the operating room, ambulance service, emergency department and ancillary areas including laboratory, radiology and therapies. She has been with ThedaCare 18 years.
John Nygaard, Mickey Noone and Tim Beno of First Business Bank have received their Certified Treasury Professional designations from the Association for Financial Professionals.
Patty Van Ryzin, vice president of human resources at Bassett Mechanical in Kaukauna, has been named the 2009 Woman Manager of the Year by the Fox Cities Chapter of Women in Management Inc. The award recognizes Van Ryzin’s leadership within Bassett Mechanical and her contributions and service to the community.
John M. Weinsheim, director of employer solutions for Affinity Health System, has earned the professional designation of Certified Medical Practice Executive from the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Weinsheim has been with Affinity since 2001.
Dr. Brian Wackwitz has joined Pine View Dental in Green Bay. He is a graduate of UW-Madison and received his dental degree from the University of Minnesota School Of Dentistry in 2005. Wackwitz completed his residency in general dental at Meriter Hospital in Madison.
Micoley & Company Realtors has added Colleen Kennedy to its real estate consultant team.
Hillary Sinkenberg, an engineer with Brander Construction Technology Inc. in Green Bay, has achieved her certification in contract document technology through the Construction Specifications Institute. This achievement certifies her knowledge of construction contract documents.
Skyline Technologies has added Thomas Burzinski as director of IT business consulting.
William S. Van Ess of The Vincent Group in Green Bay has qualified for the annual Million Dollar Round Table meeting to be held in Indianapolis.
Tim Nixon, a shareholder in the Green Bay office of Godfrey & Kahn, has been named the 2009 Judge W. Reynolds Community Building Award recipient by the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association for his commitment to diversity.
The Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau has added Dana Ecker as director of sales. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry at the Pioneer Inn, the Heidel House and the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel.
At Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, the board of directors recently re-elected board chair Gregg Curry, McCarty Law LLP; vice chair Ronald Dunlap, CESA 6; secretary David Ogilvie, Global Power Components; and treasurer David Hackney, Sumnicht & Associates. The board also added three new directors: Linda Kennedy, chief executive officer of the Business Lending Group; Margaret LeBrun, co-publisher and executive editor of Insight Publications; and Kim Underhill, president, North American Group Brands with Kimberly-Clark Corp.
Goodwill Industries also hired Andy Herson as buying and merchandising specialist. Prior to joining Goodwill, Herson was with Shopko Stores Inc. Goodwill also promoted Joni Danner to production area team leader. She will oversee the GoodWipers! team at the Shiner Center.
The Northeast Wisconsin chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals has selected its board of directors: president Matt Bingham, Alta Resources; vice president Steve Krueger, Business Technology Systems; treasurer Mike Kuchenberg, J.J. Plank Corp.; secretary Steve Reybrock, U.S. Oil Co.; past president Jeff Main, Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp.; advertising chair Jerry Opsahl, Technical Facility Services; CDP & Awards chair Steve Femal, The Boldt Company; education chair Amy Christianson, ITT Technical Institute; membership Mike Knuth, Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp.; places & collections chair Al Bandola, Heartland Business Systems; programs chair Chris Nimmer; publications chair Steve Gilsdorf, TIDI Products; publicity chair Kim Winter, J. J. Keller & Associates; special events chair Rick Griesser, ARMS Inc.; growth strategy chairs Steve Krueger, Business Technology Systems, and Maggie Beard, UnitedHealth Group; and chapter liaison chair Bill Erdmann.
Somerville Inc. has named two new firm associates: senior architectural designer Adam Drefcinski and senior architectural designer Robert Schunke. Drefcinski has been with Somerville for 10 years while Schunke has been with the firm for eight years. Somerville also recently hired Anders Sandli as a senior architectural designer and Steve Knuth as an architectural designer.
Bonnie Paradies of The Karma Group has received the primary qualitative expert accreditation from the Marketing Research Association.
Sharon Abel, a Lakeshore Technical College adult basic education instructor, has received the 2009 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award, recognizing excellence in promoting financial literacy.
Element Creative, an advertising agency in De Pere, has added three employees. Jamie Schroeder has joined as a graphic and interactive designer; Ross Atkinson has joined as a web developer; and Eric Severstad has been named associate creative director and copywriter.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center has named the following officers for the hospital’s board of managers: president, Jeff Mason, chief executive officer of BayCare Clinic; vice president, Dr. Francis Wolf, president of BayCare Clinic; and secretary/treasurer, David Eager, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Aurora Health Care. Other board members include: Dr. Edward Barylak, Dr. Richard Heckert, Dr. Jeffery Keller, Laurie Mahoney, Dr. Stephen Sehring, Linda Smith and Dr. Paul Summerside.
Citizens Bank in Appleton has added Tim Hoff as the vice president – senior commercial relationship manager. He will be responsible for the management and expansion of current commercial banking relationships. Hoff has more than 22 years of both commercial and business banking experience.
Pat Wagner has been named executive director of development at St. Norbert College in De Pere. Wagner was chief development officer at Prairie School in Racine. He is a graduate of Lawrence University.
The National Association of Campus Activities awarded Vicky Barke, student life director at Fox Valley Technical College, with the 2009 Patsy Morley Outstanding Programmer Award.
The Fox Valley Technical College District board of directors has selected three new members: William Fitzpatrick, superintendent of schools in New London; Sally Mielke, WIAA official; and Richard Recktenwald Jr. of Walker Forge Inc. in Clintonville.
Billy Appel and Emmet Jacobs of Gibraltar High School and Greg Grohman of Sturgeon Bay High School are the winners of 2009 seed capital grants for the best business plans coming out of entrepreneurship courses supported by the Door County Economic Development Corporation. Appel and Jacobs are the founders of BEDZ Lawn Care, while Grohman is starting Doggy Dung Gone, a pet waste removal service in the Sturgeon Bay area. Businessman John Blossom II pledged the seed capital prizes to the best business plan from each class.
A2Z DESIGN, CONVERGENT MARKETING FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
Jeff Amstutz, owner of A2Z Design, and Mark Van Pay, owner of Convergent Marketing, recently announced the formation of a strategic partnership – A2Z Design/Convergent Marketing (www.a2zcmi.com). A2Z Design has served clients in the Fox Valley and beyond for two years, including Jewelers Mutual Insurance Services and Insight magazine. A2Z Design earned a 2008 Gold Addy award from the Fox River Ad Club. Convergent Marketing has worked with clients in the region for four years, and Van Pay has been in marketing for more than 26 years. Both house their offices on the 11th floor of the Zuelke Building downtown Appleton. Most recently, the two worked together on a re-branding project for Creative Converting, a manufacturer and distributer of disposable tableware.
IN OTHER NEWS…
Coalesce Inc. of Appleton has been named Wisconsin’s 2009 Emerging Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
FastCare, a brand of retail health clinics established by Bellin Health, has been named a top 10 retail clinic provider by Merchant Medicine, a Minneapolis-based research and consulting firm.
The Karma Group received one best of show, five gold and 11 silver ADDYs at the recent Northeast Wisconsin ADDY Awards show.
Appleton-based Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Inc. and Green Bay’s Realty Executives have merged. Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group has also acquired two real estate offices in Egg Harbor, making it the largest real estate firm in Northern Door County in terms of sales associates. Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group has purchased the former Century 21 franchise owned and managed by Jamie Sanger in Egg Harbor and Horseshoe Bay Farms Realty at the 600-acre golf development just south of Egg Harbor, which was previously owned by Tom Brown.
Keller Inc., a commercial design/build firm headquartered in Kaukauna, is assisting with building a home for Habitat for Humanity in Kaukauna. Keller is donating labor and materials for the project including framing and concrete work, painting, installing doors and trim, installing appliances and cleaning the home.
The J.J. Keller Foundation Inc. of Neenah has made a three-year commitment to underwrite the annual $100,000 Society for Human Resource Management Foundation Scholarship Program. The SHRM Foundation awards 100 scholarships and created the program to support SHRM members pursuing a college degree or professional certification.
Step Industries of Neenah has received a $25,000 grant for general operating support from the J.J. Keller Foundation. Step Industries provides transitional employment and support for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in the early stages of a new life. Their primary source of income is through the sale of packaging, assembly and order fulfillment services.
Tweet/Garot Mechanical of Green Bay is installing underground heating systems for the new Target Field in Minneapolis and the new Nitschke Field, the practice field for the Green Bay Packers.
Appleton Downtown Inc. recently announced its annual awards: Downtown Business of the Year – Schenck Business Solutions; Bernie Pearlman “Downtowner” Award – John Zimmerman of Conkey’s Bookstore; Dreamers and Doers Award – Hoffman LLC; New Faces of Downtown Award/Renovation Award – Speakeasy Ultra Lounge; NEW Business of the Year Award – Downtown Designs; The Walter Kalata Landmark Award – Frank’s Pizza Palace; Volunteer of the Year Award – Michael Potter; President’s Award – Paula Vandehey, director of public works for the City of Appleton.
A.M. Best recently affirmed the A (Excellent) financial rating and stable outlook for Secura Insurance, an Appleton-based insurer of businesses, homes, automobiles and farm operations. This “A” rating is assigned to companies that have an excellent ability to meet their ongoing obligations to policyholders.
AZCO is celebrating its 60th anniversary in business. AZCO started business in 1949 with four individuals.Today, the company employs 100 and works with approximately 525 union craftsmen.
The Ingot, a 153-foot yacht made by Burger Boat Company in Manitowoc, is a finalist in the Boat International’s World Super Yacht Awards.
Green Bay-based Bellin Hospital recently earned full re-accreditation as a chest pain center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay is one of the first four hospitals in the country to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.