The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry inducted Paul Hoffman, Robert Keller and Kathi Seifert into its business hall of fame during its annual meeting. Hoffman of Hoffman LLC is a fourth-generation business owner and supporter of multiple non-profit organizations; Keller of J.J. Keller & Associates in Neenah helped grow the company’s client list to more than 300,000 businesses worldwide; and Seifert, the owner of Katapult LLC and New North Inc. co-chair, is a retired executive with Kimberly-Clark Corp. and serves on several company boards including Revlon, Eli Lilly & Co., Lexmark, Supervalu and Appleton (Papers). The chamber also handed out the following awards at The Event Celebrating Business: young professional of the year – Kip Golden of Miron Construction; ambassador of the year – Joanne Fischer of Telecom Insites; champion of the chamber – Debra Michiels of Fox Banquets Rivertyme Catering; the exceptional mentor award – Beth Davis of Community First Credit Union; entrepreneur of the year – Rollie Stephenson of Faith Technologies; the Gus A. Zuehlke Distinguished Service Award – Oscar Boldt of The Boldt Company; and Athena Business Woman of the Year Award – Monica Vomastic of Landmark Staffing Resources.
Mark Burstein, executive vice president of Princeton University, will become Lawrence University’s 16th president next July. Burstein replaces Jill Beck, who is retiring June 30 after nine years as the college’s president. Burstein brings a strong Ivy League connection along with an extensive background in higher education leadership, government service, investment banking and consulting to Lawrence. Named executive vice president at Princeton in 2004, Burstein led efforts to enhance campus life and modernize the university’s operations and infrastructure. His responsibilities include overseeing a $200 million budget and a staff of 1,800 in the areas of student life, public safety, university audit and compliance, human resources and facilities. Before joining Princeton, Burstein worked at Columbia University for 10 years and worked for New York City’s sanitation department where he helped start that city’s recycling program.
The Bank of Kaukauna recently hired John Hendrickson as vice president of commercial banking and Gina Nytes as assistant vice president-consumer banking. The bank also promoted Dean Bodway to assistant vice president-mortgage lending.
Kelly Jelinek of Acuity in Sheboygan recently earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation, the insurance industry’s highest professional certification.
Dean Foate, president and CEO of the Plexus Corp. in Neenah, will become board chairman following the company’s annual meeting next month. He will replace John L. Nussbaum, who helped found the company and has been board chair since retiring as CEO in 2002. Foate has been with Plexus since 1992 and became president and CEO in 2002. The company’s board of directors also modified its leadership structure to add the position of lead director, which will be filled by Michael V. Schrock, president and chief operating officer of Pentair Ltd.
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company in Neenah promoted Carol Sanders to executive vice president and chief operating officer. She has been with Jewelers since 2004 and most recently served as the company’s senior vice president, chief financial officer and corporate treasurer.
Dr. Nate Hayes with Ministry North Shore Medical Clinic is moving his practice from Sturgeon Bay to Algoma.
Integrity Insurance added Mark Fowler as commercial lines underwriting manager.
Tim O’Donnell joined Imaginasium in Green Bay as a senior writer. He most recently wrote for Mercury Insurance, Rancho Vista Ministry and Popeye’s, in addition to previous work with Disney, Ford and Nokia.
Terry Hoover was named director of Wipfli’s new business valuation, litigation and transaction support service practice in the Fox Cities. He has more than 27 years of experience in deal initiation and intermediary services, transaction structure, transaction negotiation and finance sourcing.
Nick Spude and Chad Miller of Choice Bank recently completed the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s introduction to commercial lending school.
David Szczupak, executive vice president of global product organization at Whirlpool Corp., was elected to the Bemis Co. Inc. board of directors.
Fox Valley Technical College honored 15 individuals for outstanding service as members of its program advisory committees: Chris Bordeaux, N&M Transfer Co. Inc.; Glen Eichhorn, Wells Manufacturing; Cindy Enli, J.J. Keller & Associates; Kami Fusco, Northland Laboratories; Scott Granger, Winnebago Mental Health Institute; Jerry Haag, Accurate Alignment & Frame; Stephanie Halverson, Hortonville Area School District; Jim Jensen, Secura Insurance; Joe Jira, Roehl Transport Inc.; Tammie Karl, Park View Health Center; Bonnie Kranzusch, Thrivent; Julie Ludwig, Appleton Medical Center; Joey Reader, A-mazing Events; Mike Reger, Plexus; and Debbie Woods, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
The Karma Group in Green Bay added Marissa Fish as a research assistant and Erin Heissel as an account coordinator.
Associated Bank in Green Bay hired Doug Tilque as vice president/relationship manager and promoted Gina Alexander to senior vice president/senior human resource business partner. Tilque works with Northeast Wisconsin businesses to help them with their banking needs and joined Associated from Wells Fargo. Alexander previously was a vice president with Associated Bank.
Network Health promoted David Bloedorn to vice president of information systems. In his new role, he provides vision and leadership in the development and implementation of the Menasha insurance company’s IT plan.
Jessica Syring joined Fox Valley CPAs in Appleton as a staff accountant. She has more than five years of accounting experience and will provide accounting support to clients, including payroll management, tax use and preparation and financial statement reporting.
Jennifer Younk joined M3 Insurance in Green Bay as a business development executive focusing on employee benefits. She most recently served as the health and wellness sales manager at Prevea Health in Green Bay.
Brenda Georgenson, director of quality management of Felican Village in Manitowoc, completed the requirements to be named an ASQ-certified manager of quality/organizational excellence.
Christina FitzGerald, business development and marketing manager of Baisch Engineering in Kaukauna, was elected to serve on the board of directors for The Society for Marketing Professional Services of Wisconsin as the SMPS Awards Director.
Rich Batley, president of RB Hospitality, recently received several awards. He was recognized as franchisee of the month in Nation’s Restaurant Business Magazine in August for his work with the Ground Round franchise. He also received the heroic hospitality stars award for voting member of the year at the Best Western Global Conference and North American Convention, which recognizes owners who go above and beyond to live the Best Western vision of providing superior customer care. He owns Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Neenah.
The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau named Jennifer Hecht as its new group sales manager and Kelly Hekler as sales manager in the bureau’s convention sales department. Hecht focuses on selling the area as a destination for conventions, conferences and reunions in the military and religious meetings market, while Hekler works in the large convention, association and government markets.
Sherry Lynch, executive director for Anesthesia and Pain Management Services of the Fox Valley, earned fellow status from the American College of Medical Practice Executives. She achieved the status by completing a professional paper and completing 50 educational units.
Kavita Carlson joined American Foundation of Counseling Services in Green Bay as the organizational development coordinator.
Sturgeon Bay-based writer, editor and PR advisor Michelle Meacham recently served as a speaker at the Public Relations Society of America’s annual international conference in San Francisco. She presented on the use of social media in the financial services industry and also served on a three-person panel discussing compliance issues, best practices and social media.
Four lawyers from Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry SC in Green Bay were included in The Best Lawyers of America 2013. Greg Conway was selected in the areas of bet-the-company commercial litigation and First Amendment litigation; Tom Olejniczak was selected in corporate law; Fred Schmidt was selected in trusts and estates; and George Burnett was selected in personal injury litigation.
Fred Schmidt of Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry S.C. in Green Bay was named Lawyer of the Year in trusts and estates in the Green Bay market by Best Lawyers, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession.
Current, the young professionals network of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, recently gave its 2012 Spirit of Current individual awards to Dana Kresig of the Green Bay Packers and Chris Marcks of Wolf River Media. The group honored Prevea Health for its financial support while the Green Bay Press-Gazette was honored for promoting the organization through the newspaper.
Exceptional Equestrians of West De Pere added Ingrid Ebner as fund director and Lynn Meshke in fundraising and marketing support. Ebner has more than 20 years of experience while Meshke has more than 10 years of experience. Exceptional Equestrians is a non-profit program that provides hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding services to hundreds of developmentally delayed and disabled children.
Northwestern Mutual honored Justin M. Rebman, a Green Bay-based financial representative, with membership into its 2012 Forum group, which recognizes an outstanding year of helping people achieve financial security.
Robert W. Burns and Thomas L. Schober from the Green Bay office of Davis & Kuelthau were named by Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine as top Wisconsin attorneys for 2012. Geoffrey A. Lacy from the Green Bay office was named a rising star by the magazine.
Associated Bank in Green Bay promoted Heather Beyer to residential loan specialist. She previously was a personal banker at a branch in Howard.