PEOPLE NEWS | Integrity Mutual Insurance Co., an Appleton-based regional property and casualty carrier, has named Michael Calabresa the vice president of sales and marketing. Calabresa comes to Integrity with more than 20 years of experience in insurance sales, marketing and communications, most recently leading agency operations at Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co. in Neenah. In addition to his experience at Jewelers Mutual, Calabresa worked at Sentry Insurance in a variety of sales and marketing management positions.
Cornerstone Business Services has added Donald Murphy as director of operations. Murphy has more than 20 years experience in operations and management and personal insight into business ownership. His main role will be to oversee day-to-day activities and increase operational efficiencies among all of Cornerstone’s Midwest offices.
Timothy Kent has established Architects in Common, LLC an architectural firm in Sheboygan County. Kent collaborates with other architects, as consultants, working with a network of other architectural, engineering, construction, and MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) consultants. Kent brings 25 years of experience, including projects in the financial, educational/institutional, commercial/retail, industrial, religious and residential industries with construction budgets ranging from $100,000 to $30 million. A Wisconsin Registered Architect since 1997, he earned his associate degree in Civil Engineering Technician/Structural from Moraine Park Technical College in 1990.
The Healthy Lifestyles Cooperative, a Northeast Wisconsin provider of insurance and health and fitness services to more than 175 companies, has promoted Sherry Freeman to director of health and fitness services.
Grubb & Ellis | Pfefferle, a provider of integrated real estate services, has announced John Evans, who has held the position of managing director, will assume the additional role of sales manager. Evans joined the firm in 2007 as managing director of the north central region in the Wausau office. In his new role, he will continue with his day-to-day brokerage-related activities, but will dedicate a portion of his time in assisiting and developing the company’s Brokerage Divison.
Sharon Wetzel is the new commercial lines underwriting manager at Integrity Mutual Insurance Co. As commercial lines underwriting manager, Wetzel will lead Integrity’s underwriting team to ensure sustained growth, profit and the execution of Integrity’s business objectives through quality underwriting, proactive portfolio management and strong customer service.
Timothy Martin, a nationally registered emergency medical technician with New London Family Medical Center, has been honored by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for achieving 20 consecutive years as a nationally registered EMT-paramedic. This distinction is an honor held by only 1 percent of all EMT-P’s.
Darlene Heabel received the 2008 Mary L. Staudenmaier WINGS (Worthy Individual Noted for Generous Service) Award. Named in honor of The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNB&T) chairman of the board, the award celebrates an employee’s outstanding commitment to community service. Heabel is a customer service representative and personal banker at the bank’s Oconto office.
Jim Rhea, Jr. of Stiegler Electric & Communications Services and a current student in Fox Valley Technical College’s Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Electricity Apprenticeship program, has earned the Apprentice Leadership Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Wisconsin Chapter.
Schenck Business has named Corey J. Kolbe, Dan Koszalinski, James R. Michels, Patrick J. Ness and Jeff Oonk as firm shareholders. Kolbe, based from the Appleton office, has a strong background in corporate and individual income tax planning and compliance for closely-held businesses. Based from the Appleton office, Koszalinski has led strategy development, structure alignment, cost management and revenue generation initiatives to improve profitability. Based at the Green Bay office, Michels’ experience includes providing audit, accounting and tax services for clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, wholesale, hospitality and distribution. Based in the Appleton office, Ness provides tax planning and consulting services for closely-held businesses in the manufacturing, wholesale, retail and service industries. Based in Sheboygan, Oonk’s experience includes supervising audit and review engagements of a varied client base, including manufacturers, construction contractors, service businesses and employee benefit plans.
LPL Financial Institution Services has honored Brian Hartl of Baylake Wealth Services in Sturgeon Bay for achievement in mutual fund sales, ranking him 13th nationally for the third quarter of 2008 and earning him membership in LPL’s Directors Club for 2008.
GSF Mortgage in Little Chute has added Eric Lang as a mortgage loan consultant. He has more than 10 years experience as a licensed mortgage consultant. He will serve clients in the Oshkosh area.
Directions has hired two new staff members. Laura Hunt has joined the agency as an integrated marketing manager. She is responsible for overseeing the development of agency clients’ Web sites, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, e-mail marketing campaigns and database management. Mary Alice Mulloy-Fatta has joined Directions as an account manager for the packaging group. She will serve as a client contact and manage packaging creative and production projects.
Advance, the economic development arm of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, has added Lisa Harmann as the Advance Business Development Center/Incubator program manager. She has more than 12 years of experience in office administration, customer service and human resources.
Sheila Gohr, a licensed professional counselor, joined Bellin Health Psychiatric Center. Gohr specializes in treatments for adolescents and adults. Gohr earned her master’s degree in educational psychology from UW-Milwaukee.
Sue Huber, a licensed clinical social worker, recently joined Bellin Health Family Medical Center-West De Pere. Huber provides counseling services for individuals, relationships and couples and families. Huber earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College and her master’s degree in social work from UW-Milwaukee.
Nsight has promoted Susan Powers to vice president of human resources. For the past three years, Powers served as director of human resources. She has more than 20 years experience in HR.
Jim Weiss of Appleton has been appointed vice president for North America at Eco Systems Sustainable Exhibits. Weiss is recognized as a long-standing expert in trade show display sales and training. He will lead the development of new distributors, sales training and development for Eco Systems Sustainable Exhibits. Corporate offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dr. Tom Zoch has been named the director of the lipid treatment program at Appleton Medical Center. Zoch is a long-time ThedaCare physician, having worked at Theda Clark Medical Center’s Emergency Department, ThedaCare at Work, and most recently at ThedaCare Physicians-Internal Medicine in Neenah.
Sheri Coveny, sales director for the Fond du Lac Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, has completed the course requirements to earn her certified travel industry specialist (CTIS) designation. The Certified Travel Industry Specialist program is administered by Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis and is the first university-administered certification program in the group travel industry.
Thrivent Financial Bank has promoted Krista Zajkowski, a 15-year veteran in the banking industry, to vice president of consumer banking. Zajkowski was most recently vice president and Appleton sales manager for Thrivent Financial Bank. Prior to joining Thrivent in 2007, she was assistant vice president and branch manager for Johnson Bank in Kohler.
Infusion, a Green Bay-based marketing and communications agency, has hired Denise Smith as integrated media director. In this newly created position, Smith will oversee all media platforms, including traditional as well as Internet and emerging media. She previously served as media director and worked at Infusion for 11 years in various capacities before joining Envano, an interactive Green Bay firm. She is now returning to Infusion for the new role. Infusion has also added Aaron Barrett as business development manager/account executive. In his new position, Barrett will be responsible for managing the business development process by gaining new accounts and growing existing accounts. He will also function as an account executive, serving as the primary contact for assigned clients and managing their projects through the agency.
ThedaCare has named Dr. Dave Anderla as medical director for the north Appleton ambulatory care center, which is currently under construction. Dr. Anderla is a family physician at ThedaCare Physicians-North Appleton, a member of the ThedaCare Board of Trustees and a partner in the new facility. Dr. Anderla’s primary role is to improve and maintain clinical, service and financial outcomes throughout the ThedaCare departments within the new facility. In addition to his new role, he will continue to see patients at ThedaCare Physicians-North Appleton.
Associated Banc-Corp has added Scott S. Hickey as executive vice president and chief credit officer. Hickey will assume overall responsibility for the leadership and strategic execution of the company credit policy, reserve methodology, underwriting standards, loan quality and overall credit administration. Hickey comes from US Bank and has more than 30 years of banking experience, primarily focused on the credit function.
The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of Public Relations Society of America has announced their officers for 2009: Adam Hardy, president; Kristin Bouchard, president-elect; Ann Towers, secretary; Roz Barker, treasurer; Rachel Lom, director-at-large; and Kate Eastman, director-at-large. Nadia Farr will continue as immediate past president and Krissy Behnke will continue as director-at-large. Committee chairpersons were also selected for 2009: Janet Bonkowski, accreditation chair; Kelli Karpinski, programming co-chair; Wendy Witczak, programming co-chair; Erin Elliot, membership chair; Marilyn Bazett-Jones, website chair; Sherri Valitchka, publicity chair; and Cassie Herrmann, communication chair.
Peter Ellenz is the new owner of Cedar Creek Meat Market and Catering in Appleton. He relocated from Minnesota to run the firm with his family.
Element Creative, a full-service De Pere marketing agency, has added three new employees. Derek Blaszak, a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, was recently hired as an assistant account executive and publicity coordinator. Paul Dax, a multiple Addy award winner for national and international brands, was hired as a senior art director, and Troy Foley, was hired as an interactive director. Foley is a graduate of UW-Whitewater and previously worked as a freelance web designer. Dax, a graduate of UW-Green Bay, has several years of previous design experience, and has a strong interest in interactive design and strategy.
Randi Mann, a board certified nurse practitioner at the Bellin Health Center for Health & Healing, recently earned her menopause practitioner certification from the North American Menopause Society. Mann has been the program coordinator for the Women’s Midlife Health program at Bellin’s Center for Health & Healing for more than two years. Earning the menopause practitioner certification means Mann follows national standards to ensure high-quality care for women at menopause and beyond.
Kristi Kittell has been named director of employee engagement for Home Instead Senior Care of Green Bay. Kittell earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in management and organizational behavior. In her new role, Kittell will be responsible for talent acquisition, talent management, talent development and talent retention.
Cory Peters was recently named general manager at Green Bay’s Martin Security Systems Inc. in response to the area’s high demand for security services. Peters brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the general manager position, especially in the areas of installation and maintenance of lighting control systems, audio/video and structured wiring systems.
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ThedaCare Physicians-Waupaca and Riverside Medical Center have opened a $23 million integrated health facility in Waupaca. The 75,000-square-foot facility integrates physician offices with ancillary services such as lab and imaging services, creating improved patient access for primary care, outpatient services and hospital-based services. It also features improved provider and patient rooms, including exam and procedure rooms, redesigned staff work stations, lab space, pharmacy and diagnostic imaging, including MRI, radiology and mammography.
Fox Valley Technical College has received Bronze Level recognition as part of the Governor’s Worksite Wellness Award. The college was only one of 26 statewide organizations in 2008 to earn this award for outstanding commitment to employee health, wellness, and an overall healthy workplace culture.
Women’s Care of Wisconsin has opened a new OB/GYN clinic in Waupaca at E3277 Apple Tree Lane. This office marks the seventh facility for Neenah-based Women’s Care. Dr. Beth Helgerson will be the doctor who will see patients at the new clinic and perform surgical procedures at Riverside Medical Center.
HiTech Control Systems Inc., a Green Bay engineering company, was named the 2009 System Integrator of the Year by Control Engineering magazine.
J. F. Ahern Co. of Fond du Lac recently achieved the goal of one million man-hours worked without a lost-time injury. This major milestone comes on the heels of a 2008 safety record that included national recognition from the Associated General Contractors (AGC).
AutoComm Inc. has developed a new LCD monitor system to help notify customers at Morton Pharmacy in Oshkosh when their prescriptions are ready. Four monitors have been installed at the store and display three types of information simultaneously, including CNN news feeds and current, relevant information in the body of the screen.
The Better Business Bureau has awarded American National Bank Fox Cities an A+ rating for reliability, trustworthiness, and ethical dealings with customers among other criteria.
Integrity Insurance, a member of the Grange Mutual Casualty Group, is now offering auto and home products referred to as PinPoint to customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. The new product line gives agents a competitive advantage with timesaving technological capabilities, cost saving opportunities for their consumers and access to additional coverages.
ThedaCare of Appleton has been named a national finalist for the 2008 Foster G. McGaw Prize. The American Hospital Association, The Baxter International Foundation and the Cardinal Health Foundation sponsor the prize. As a finalist, ThedaCare will receive $10,000, which will use toward providing services to the community.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is offering a new 12-credit Contact Center Certificate to help the area’s booming customer contact centers attract and retain employees. In just one semester, students can complete the program’s four evening courses, earn a valuable credential, and boost their employment potential in a high-tech career field that involves much more than the common phone call.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved QuickStart Inc. of Menasha as a Community Express Technical Assistance Provider. Community Express lenders rely on a loan applicant working with a Technical Assistance Provider who provides initial and ongoing counseling concerning the small business.
Home Instead Senior Care, which is owned by Steve Nooyen and has franchises in Appleton and Green Bay, is opening an office in Cedarburg to serve people living in Ozaukee and Washington counties.
Fox Valley Technical College, Ellis Stone Construction and Somerville Inc. Architects and Engineers were named winners in the Associated Contractors 2008 Build Wisconsin Award program for the new $2.75 million Waupaca Regional Center.
St. Norbert College and Development Dimensions International will host three leadership courses over the next three months. Matthew Doyle, a certified instructor through DDI and Continuing Education Instructor at St. Norbert College, will facilitate these interaction management courses. Topics covered include Essentials of Leadership on March 12; Coaching for Success on April 9; and Coaching for Improvement on May 7. For more information, visit www.snc.edu/continuinged.
Town & Country Electric is now known as Faith Technologies Inc., a full-service electrical systems contractor. With more than 1,000 employees across Wisconsin, Faith Technologies will operate under one brand.
Somerville Inc., an employee-owned architectural, engineering and construction services firm, received the City of Manitowoc 2008 Award of Excellence for design of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church.
ThedaCare Physicians is building a physician office at County KK and State Park Road, in the Town of Harrison. The new location will include primary care, pediatrics, physical therapy, and diagnostic and lab services. Four doctors initially will care for patients at the ThedaCare Physicians location in Darboy. More than seven medical providers are planned to work at the office in five years. In addition, two physical therapists from ThedaCare Orthopedics Plus are moving to the new location. Construction on the new ThedaCare Physicians clinic will begin in the spring and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2009.