Greg Barber is the new president of Schenck SC, an accounting firm headquartered in Appleton. He succeeds Bill Goodman, who will retire later this year. A certified public accountant, Barber has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting. Schenck also added Paul Rozek as associate director of risk services, and Mike Kuechler, Todd Mueller and Mark Spaeth to its board of directors.
Current, the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s young professional group, selected Tracy Valenta, a water resource specialist with the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, as its Young Professional of the Year. Current also named Tim and Gretchen Gilbertson of Séura Inc. (see our November 2012 cover story on Séura) as its young entrepreneurs of the year.
ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value CEO Dr. John Toussaint co-authored “The Promise of Lean in Healthcare,” an article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The article highlights the importance of lean for the health care industry, as well as the positive results achieved by leaders in the Healthcare Value Network, the center’s peer-to-peer learning group. Toussaint wrote the article with Dr. Leonard Berry from Texas A&M University.
Terry Stebor joined Robert E. Lee & Associates Inc. as water/wastewater section manager. He has more than 38 years of experience working on water and wastewater projects for both municipal and industrial clients.
Dr. Susan May, president of Fox Valley Technical College, was named the 2013 Career and Technical Educator in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. May received her bachelor’s degree in home economics education and master’s degree in vocational education administration from UW-Stout. Wisconsin Fox Valley Sheet Metal Contractors Association announced its new officers: president – Roy Jacobsen of Great Lake Mechanical Inc. of Greenville; vice president – Carven Blanck of Muza Sheet Metal Company in Oshkosh; secretary/treasurer – Kim Bassett-Heitzmann of Bassett Mechanical in Kaukauna; and executive vice president – Jeffrey R. Gaecke. Board members are Brad Hurckman of Hurckman Mechanical Ind. Inc. in Green Bay and Brad Baumgart of Baumgart Mechanical Inc. in Kaukauna.
Wenda Roycraft, senior vice president of First National Bank Fox Valley, was elected to the board of directors for the Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corp.
Bill Hodgkiss was named president and CEO of The Business Bank and its parent company, Fox River Valley Bancorp Inc. He has been with the bank since November 2011.
Excel Engineering in Fond du Lac recently announced several promotions. In the agricultural food division, James Krizenesky was promoted to principal; Christopher Guenther was promoted to project designer; Daniel St. Louis was promoted to designer; and Christopher O’Connor was promoted to senior technician. In the commercial architectural division, Jeffrey Liebergen was promoted to project designer and Alex Fiebig was promoted to designer. In the structural engineering division, Kurt Konkol was promoted to senior project manager and Kevin Clinard was promoted to senior engineer. In the light gauge division, Jamie John was promoted to designer. In the MEP division, Adam Gronert was promoted to senior engineer and Matthew Gross was promoted to senior technician. In the civil engineering division, Eric Drazkowski was promoted to senior engineer, Scott Roltgen was promoted to project designer and Kevin Buechel was promoted to senior technician.
Tory Nett, branch manager of Citizens Bank in Hilbert, earned the company’s business banking certificate, which requires successful completion of a series of educational classes and hands-on training while working with business owners.
TIDI Products LLC of Neenah added Brian Wilt as vice president of innovation and product development and William Sever as vice president and general manager of the medical alternate site and dental business units. Wilt has experience in the dental and surgical industries and Sever brings leadership experience from various B2B and B2C sales, marketing and innovation roles at consumer packaged goods marketing and consulting companies. TIDI also added Mary Longlais as the product manager of dental products and promoted Denise Sitzberger to product manager of medical alternate sites. Nicole Wolf was promoted to product manager of acute care in the company’s marketing department.
The Einstein Project in Green Bay added several new members to its board of directors: Jeff Frick, dean of the college and academic vice president at St. Norbert College; Michelle Langenfeld, superintendent of the Green Bay Area Public Schools; Lori Suddick, vice president for learning with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; and John Zegers, superintendent of the West De Pere School District.
Steve Van Remortel’s book, “Stop Selling Vanilla Ice Cream,” was named one of the Best Business Books of 2013 by Soundview Executive Book Summaries. Van Remortel lives in Green Bay.
Water-Right Inc., a leading manufacturer of water treatment equipment in Appleton, added Kevin Osborn as a regional sales manager for New England.
Todd Elliott joined the Diedrich Agency in Ripon. He has more than 20 years of experience in risk management and insurance. Before joining the agency, he was the owner of Altitude Risk Management LLC in Ripon.
Attorney Michael D. Rust is the new executive director of the Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center in Oshkosh. He most recently offered negotiation and mediation services through Strategic Conflict Resolution Services in De Pere and the Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay.
James Varner joined Amerequip in Kiel as engineering manager. In his new role, he will direct and coordinate all engineering activities for the manufacturer of custom equipment for the lawn, landscape, agricultural and construction markets. He has more than 24 years of experience, including most recently serving as chief engineer-research and development with Pierce Manufacturing.
Joseph Scala is the new OEM sales manager with Alwin Manufacturing in Green Bay.
The Fond du Lac Economic Development Corporation added William Steimel as director of business development and Sarah Sprang as executive assistant.
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust in Marinette recently promoted Thomas Maxwell to senior vice president.
First Business Bank in Appleton added Mike Kern as vice president-portfolio manager. He brings more than 19 years of banking experience to his new role.
The Bank of Luxemburg added Greg Stephan as the new vice president of commercial lending and promoted DeAnna Tittel to vice president of retail. The bank also promoted Joel Qilliquette to vice president of IT.
Fred Hauser is the new chief operating officer with the Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley in Appleton. He has more than 35 years of management experience, including serving as executive director of the Appleton YMCA and spending the past five years as the national vice president of certifications and membership standards for the YMCA of the USA.
Van Lanen Inc. of Green Bay promoted Rob Butler to vice president of sales and marketing and Mike Fuller to vice president of operations. The company also added John Ziefel to the packaging division’s sales team.
Scott J. Thill joined Godfrey & Kahn in Green Bay in the health care practice group. He received his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Todd Steffes, manager of Matthews Tire in Fond du Lac, is the new president of the Founders BNI group.
Mechanical Contractors Association of Northwest Wisconsin Inc. recently elected officers and board members during its annual meeting. New North region members are: secretary – Ray Withbroe of Tweet/Garot Mechanical Inc. in Green Bay; board members – Joe Lauer of EGI Mechanical Inc. of Seymour and David Leisses of J.F. Ahern Co. in Menomonie.
Crystal Sturgis, a certified physician’s assistant at ThedaCare Orthopedics Plus, recently received the Certificate of Added Qualifications in orthopaedic surgery from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is one of only 181 physician assistants in the nation to receive the certification in 2012.
Steve McCarthy is the new president and CEO of N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation Inc. He most recently was director of advocacy with Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Lorraine Yarbrough is the new executive director of Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin. She had been the agency’s assistant executive director since 2008.
Dr. Michelle Schacht joined ThedaCare Physicians-Appleton North as a family physician. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and earned her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. She completed her residency through the UW Health Fox Valley Residency Program.
Hurckman Mechanical Industries Inc. promoted Bob Leonowicz to the role of industrial sales. He has been with the company for four years.
NSight Teleservices added Tim Bagnieski as sales director. He has more than 20 years of telecom sales experience.
The Howard Suamico Business and Professional Association recently named its officers: past president – Sue Van Den Elzen of Thornberry Cottage; president – Jim Van Den Elzen of Zima-Van Den Elzen Insurance; treasurer – Cheryl Perrault of Kerber, Rose & Associates; and secretary – Diane Schmidtke of the Howard Suamico School District.
Dan Blake is the new director of the Wisconsin Angel Network. He previously was a project manager with Epic Systems.
Stellar Blue Web Design in Appleton hired Tim Wilson as a web/mobile developer.
Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin recently made several staffing changes. Jessica Fleek was promoted to leader of the Prosperity Center, a partnership program between Goodwill and FVTC designed to help people obtain postsecondary education leading to career employment opportunities; Stacy Kirchner was promoted to senior vocational trainer with the Vocational Support Services team; and Trent Thibodeau was promoted to vocational coordinator with the VSS team. Goodwill also hired Kristi Clover as the new Almost Home program coordinator.
Dr. Christopher Mjaanes of the Center for Asthma and Allergy and Dr. Elena Fry Hansen, a nurse practitioner specializing in pulmonology with Fox Valley Pulmonary Medicine, have joined the medical staff at Appleton Medical Center and Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah.
Six Agnesian HealthCare physicians were recognized by their peers through their selection to the Best Doctors in America list, which includes more than 45,000 doctors in the United States:
Dr. Jerry Evans, gastroenterology; Dr. Suhail Hariri, otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat); Dr. Joel Lundberg, hematology and medical oncology; Dr. Anthony Strigenz, anesthesiology; Dr. Michael Strigenz, otolaryngology; and Dr. Michael Vander Kooy, radiation oncology. Additionally, Dr. Vikas Bhatara joined Agnesian HealthCare as a pulmonary medicine physician. He is a graduate of Mahadevappa Rampure Medical College in India. Dr. Bhatara completed his internal medicine residency and fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the New York Medical College, a fellowship in critical care medicine from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a fellowship in sleep medicine from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.