Rod Hightower resigned as president and CEO of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh. He is returning to St. Louis to spend more time with his family. Jack Pelton, who recently retired as chairman, president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft, has been elected chairman of the EAA board of directors. In his role as EAA Chair, Pelton will guide the organization through the leadership transition.
The Oshkosh Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center has announced its management team. Daniel Schetter is general manager. He was general manager at the CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel & Spa in Appleton for the past seven years and was general manager of the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in Neenah before that. Joe Williamson is the corporate sales manager and has more than 30 years of hotel sales experience. In addition to his work at the new hotel, he will continue overseeing corporate sales at the CopperLeaf and the Best Western Premier Bridgewood Hotel in Neenah. Other appointments at the new hotel include David Helgeson as director of sales, Wendy Jansen as director of catering, David Krumplitsch as director of food and beverage, Foster Deadman as executive chef and Abby Theys as executive rooms manager.
Brown County promoted Dean Haen to director of the Port and Solid Waste Department. He had been serving as interim department head for more than a year. Haen has been with Brown County for more than 20 years and served as the manager for the Port of Green Bay prior to becoming interim director.
Brian Van de Water was named general manager of Cherney Microbiological Services in Green Bay. Brian joins Cherney with 26 years of experience in areas such as operations, product development, engineering and LEAN methodology.
Robyn Gruner, director of external affairs for AT&T, was named to the New North Executive Committee and Chair of the Green Bay Chamber Public Policy Council.
U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Sherwood) received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.
Shopko Stores appointed chief operating officer Mike Bettiga to interim chief executive officer. He replaces Paul Jones, who left the company to pursue another opportunity. Bettiga began his career with Shopko as a pharmacist in 1977. He has held a number of positions during his tenure with the company and was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2009.
Travis Nienhaus joined the care team at Next Step Rehabilitation in Manitowoc as a social worker. He is responsible for the ongoing assessment and direction of each patient’s care plan in cooperation with nursing, therapy and dietary staff.
Jacqui Corsi, director of marketing for the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation, has met the requirements by the American Marketing Association to use the AMA Professional Certified Marketer designation (AMA PCM). The certification demonstrates that the holder has mastered core marketing knowledge and principles and is dedicated to staying current in the marketing field.
Concordia University Wisconsin recently promoted Sarah Pecor to executive director of continuing and distance education.
Somerville Inc. in Green Bay added Aaron Baumgartner as a senior drafter. He is a graduate of Milwaukee School of Engineering, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering.
The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has announced several new members: Chuck Cloninger, president of Wisconsin Public Service Corp.; Michael J. Kirschling, an attorney with Stellpflug Law, S.C.; Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach; Brad Toll, CEO of the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Dan Fabry, vice president and COO of Cellcom.
Carrie Scheibe has joined the accounting department at Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group in Appleton.
CC&N of Appleton has added Mike DeYoung as a sales engineer. He has more than 20 years of project management and design experience with technology systems.
CMD Corporation in Appleton has added Donald Van Ryzin as a pipefitter/assembler class A; Dawn Kovacs as OPC coordinator; Derek Kepshire as manufacturing engineer; and Jessica Peterson as an engineering assistant. The company also promoted Mickey Schmitt to fabrication class A; Jamie Boylan to associate manufacturing engineer; Scott Dailey to subcontract MRO buyer; and Doug Main as technician III.
Anthony Wilhelms is the new private banking relationship manager for Associated Private Client Services. He previously worked with JP Morgan Chase Bank.
Otto Bytof, past president and founder of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, received the 2012 Wisconsin Realtor Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Choice Bank added Patti Probst as controller, Janelle Donaldson as vice president—deposit operations and Terri Abraham as assistant vice president – loan operations. Probst has more than 25 years of experience in the accounting industry, Donaldson has more than 20 years of banking experience and Abraham has 30 years of banking experience.
Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin recently made several new leadership team promotions. Jackie Draws has been promoted from chief financial officer to senior vice president of operations. George Burns was promoted from director of environmental services to vice president of facilities. Nancy Heykes was promoted from director of development to vice president of development. Billie Jo Higgins was promoted from director of finance to vice president of finance. Pilar McDermott was promoted from customer satisfaction leader to vice president of marketing.
Ahern Operations Group promoted Jeremy Brunhoefer to director of safety. He previously was divisional safety manager for the Fond du Lac company. Brunhoefer has been with Ahern since 2005 and holds several industry accreditations.
Amanda Hatch is the new coordinator of the Rural Health Initiative in Outagamie County. The Rural Health Initiative, which was started in Shawano County in 2003 and expanded to Outagamie and Waupaca counties earlier this year, brings health care to the farm as nurses meet one-on-one with farm families. She has degrees in nursing and education.
Associated Bank in Green Bay promoted Dan Marbes to vice president, lead system engineer and hired Bob Kapla as vice president, business solutions manager and Howard Zahork as vice president, senior business system analyst. Associated Bank also announced the appointment of six community and civic leaders to its Fox Valley advisory board. The newly-formed, customer-focused advisory board is charged with representing Associated Bank in the business community and assisting the bank in its efforts to grow its market share in the Fox Valley Region. Board members are Karen Fredrick, director of operations for West Side Tire and Auto of Oshkosh and Ripon; Kurt Gruett, president and owner of Water-Right, Inc. of Appleton; John Pfefferle, CEO of Pfefferle Companies, Inc. of Appleton and affiliate of Grubb & Ellis; Steve Sakai, president of CMD Corp. of Appleton; Marc Snyder, vice president of finance of Bergstrom Corp. of Neenah; and Wayne Stellmacher, president of Keller, Inc. of Kaukauna.
Physical therapist David Reybrock joined Advanced Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine and is seeing patients at the Waupaca and Appleton offices.
Jennifer Younk left her position as sales manager for Prevea Health & Wellness for a new position as account executive with M3 Insurance. Stephanie Gerbers of Prevea will move into the new role of health & wellness sales representative.
Two teams from Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group ranked among the nation’s top 250 sales professionals by REAL Trends Inc. for 2011. The Focus Team, led by Ryan Fulcer and Tiffany Holtz in Appleton, ranked No. 221 while the Alderton Team from the Green Bay office ranked No. 127. Coldwell Banker also announced that Paul D. Schmidt, a realtor with the Oshkosh office, received the Emeritus CRS Designee membership status from the National Association of Realtors for his service to the industry.
Mike Milligan, president of Legato Healthcare Marketing in Green Bay, was named a fellow at the Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society’s annual leadership recognition event.
Anne Erler joined Human Resources Consulting in Little Suamico as a consultant/recruiter. She has a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and more than five years of HR generalist experience.
Richard Scott, a shareholder and CPA at Kerber, Rose & Associates, S.C., joined the board of directors at Fox Communities Credit Union.
Thomas J. Riordan, president and CEO of Neenah Enterprises Inc., was named a Milwaukee School of Engineering corporation member.
Alyssa Burnham joined Wise Woman Wellness in DePere as a wellness coach. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and recently completed her FirstLine Therapy lifestyle educator certification.
Woodward Radio Group promoted Ryan Bjorn to program director for its Appleton/Oshkosh/Green Bay rock stations WAPL and WZOR. He has been with Woodward since 2001 and is a graduate of the University of Illinois.
Dawn Foeller is the new chairwoman of the Salvation Army of Brown County Advisory Board. Trevor Farrell and William Challoner also recently joined the advisory board as members.