On the move: People

Posted on Mar 29, 2018 :: People on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer



Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin has tapped Chris Hess, vice president of market development and sales for ThedaCare, as its new leader.

Hess, 37, replaces Bob Pedersen, who retired at the end of 2017 after 26 years at Goodwill NCW. He began his new job at the end of March.

“I believe we have a great foundation to build on, and that the future of our success depends on deeper collaboration with all of the stakeholders in our community,” Hess says of his new role.

Hess is a graduate of St. Norbert College and earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He is involved in various community organizations and serves on the boards of directors of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley. Prior to working for ThedaCare, Hess worked as corporate marketing manager at U.S. Venture and as director of business development for Genco (now FedEx Supply Chain).



Abe Farley was named CEO of Bayland Buildings Inc. He formerly served as the company’s chief operating officer.

Bayland Buildings exceeded $100 million in sales for the first time in company history in December.  The achievement marks a 12 percent increase over 2016 sales, with 70 percent of those from repeat clients. The company’s high-profile projects include the Menominee Nation Arena and the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center in Manitowoc.

“Everyone is committed to common goals of building quality buildings that are cost efficient and delivering on schedule,” Farley says of the company. “That’s why so much of our business is repeat customers.”

To continue its growth, Bayland has realigned its leadership team to strategically focus on efficiency, quality, value,  client experience and employee career



SECURA Insurance announced promotions: Tamara Bates, regional vice president-sales; Amy DeHart, vice president-chief actuarial officer; Jennifer Fisher, vice president-property claims; Carol Wedig, vice president-continuous improvement; and Larry Wright, vice president-chief claims officer.

Bank of Luxemburg promoted Garrett Jesko to vice president of commercial lending, named Jake Dittman commercial loan sales officer, added board of directors member Lynie Vincent, N.E.W. Plastics Corp., and appointed new relationship banker staff: Tracy Everard, Rebecca Mineau, Kala Schmitt and Daymay Puga.

Mark Fenlon, CFA, was named president and CEO of Schenck Investment Solutions, and Dave Isaacson was named chief investment officer.

Katie Doble was named vice president of services at ASPIRO.

Associated Bank named Marlene Welter senior consultant for the HSAPlus program. 

Attorney Roy Fine was named a shareholder with law firm Murphy Desmond S.C.

Attorney Michael Demerath became a partner at Hager, Dewick & Zuengler, S.C.

Dr. Brian Konowalchuk was named medical director of Aurora BayCare occupational health and wellness.

Paul Northway was appointed CEO of American National Bank Fox Cities. In addition, the company hired Lindsay Tafelski, vice president–business development officer; Travis Jones, vice president–business banking; and Chris Nissen, credit analyst.

Waldo State Bank promoted Derrick W. Hermann to vice president of lending.

Personnel Changes

In addition to its new CEO, Bayland Buildings announced the following personnel changes: Chad Calmes, chief operating officer; Roger Thiel, vice president, engineering services; William Aubrey, vice president, architectural services; Steve Wenninger, vice president, fulfillment; Shawn Mueller, vice president, acquisitions; Dean Hunt, vice president, marketing and business development; Chris Stevenson, project superintendent; Jordan Birschbach, project superintendent; Kevin Verheyen, agriculture business development and preconstruction; John Newman, project executive, agricultural sales; Nick Van Lanen, project executive, commercial markets; Michael Conroy, Agristeel division, business sales; Jill Peeters, commercial/industrial marketing specialist; and Ashley Ambrosius Werner, agriculture marketing and customer relations.

New hires

The Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley hired Tammy Williams as chief operating officer.

Fred Siemers joined Choice Bank as executive vice president and chief credit officer.

Bruce Zak joined Johnson Bank as senior vice president–commercial banking.

Envision Greater Fond du Lac named M. Scott Powell as vice president of economic development.

Matt Lyons joined The Community Blood Center as vice president of finance.

Michael Sullivan joined Great North Bank as vice president – loan operations manager.

Dawn Paradiso-Hanson was named executive director of the Fox West Chamber of Commerce.

Stefan Sperlich was appointed general manager of the Green Bay Country Club.

The Appleton office of raSmith added Brad Hartjes, senior project engineer, and Luke Siebert, civil engineer, transportation services division.

Daniel Reichardt joined CRW Insurance & Financial Services as a business insurance agent.

Prevea Health hired cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Karen Nelson, seeing patients at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, and Danae Steele, maternal fetal medicine physician.

ThedaCare hired nurse practitioner Laura Baehnman, ThedaCare Physicians-Wautoma.

Presto Products Co. hired Curtis Sickinger as field service technician for Fresh-Lock.

The YWCA Greater Green Bay appointed Renita Robinson, formerly executive director of the Committee Against Domestic Abuse in southern Minnesota, as its new CEO.

Attorney Mark Schubert joined Epiphany Law.

Miller Electric hired Ashish Patwardhan as divisional marketing director, Chancelor Wyatt as director of business development, and Manny Rumao as channel marketing director.

Anthony Depies joined engineering and architecture consulting firm Ayres Associates’ municipal group in Green Bay as a project manager.

Jon Jandrin joined Beiser Realty as a real estate agent.

Board appointments

Scott Weas, a real estate and project management specialist with Eppstein Uhen Architects, was named to the New North Inc. board of directors.

The Greater Green Bay YMCA added new members to its board of directors: Matt Balzola, Breakthrough Fuel; Jeff Calaway, Belmark; Angela Fish, Schneider National; Kurt Koszarek, Schreiber Foods; and Bridget O’Connor, O’Connor Connective.

The Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership added new board of director members: Kristen Quam, Fox Valley Savings Bank, and Dr. Russell Mayer, Marion University.

Charles Schmalz was elected as chairman of the board for East Wisconsin Savings Bank, and Steven Haen was added to its board of directors. 


The Rotary Club of Green Bay will present Michael Haddad, president and CEO of Schreiber Foods, with its 2018 Free Enterprise Award.

Wisconsin Law Journal selected attorney Steven J. Krueger for the 2018 Leader in Law award.

Rachel Knighten, world languages professor at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, was named to the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program for 2018-19.

The Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce honored individuals at its

2018 Annual Awards event: Brad Cebulski, BConnected, Inspiring Business Person of the Year; David Donze, Donze CPA, Emerging Enterprise; and Jim and Lynn Geerts, Cornerstone Award.

The Chamber of Manitowoc County handed out awards to individuals at its 101st Annual Dinner and Meeting: Jeremiah Novak, Novak’s Service Center, Champion of the Year; Terry Stevenson, Seehafer Broadcasting Corp., Young Professional of the Year; Judy Corrado, community volunteer, Athena Award; David Diedrich, Manitowoc City Plan Commission, Joseph P. Schmidt Award; and Sara Greenwood, Mishicot School District, Education Impact.

Felician Village selected Michelle Meyer, RN, for its Service Excellence Star Award for January.

At its Olde Main Street Annual Meeting, Downtown Green Bay Inc. presented its Spirit of Main Street award to Beau Thomas for his GB Mural and the Enjoy the Ride Mural, and the President’s Award to Pat Beimborn, who operated Los Banditos for 37 years and participated in leadership of Olde Main Street Inc.

Brian P. Ruh, an agent for New York Life in New Holstein, earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table for 2017.


Stacy E. Jepson, environmental project engineer at Martenson and Eisele Inc., has become a Wisconsin DNR Assured Wetland Delineator.

Brent Sanderfoot, Windows to Work manager for the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, was certified as a lead trainer in Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions for Offenders Seeking Employment.