PEOPLE | James R. Kackley has been named president and chief operating officer of Orion Energy Systems Inc. in Manitowoc. He will oversee Orion’s day-to-day operations and will report to Neal R. Verfuerth, Orion’s founder, chief executive officer and current president. Verfuerth will continue as Orion’s CEO. Erik G. Birkerts, Orion’s current chief operating officer, will become an executive vice president of the company and will focus on financing initiatives.
James M. Kotek has been named president and chief executive officer of Menasha Corp. He has been president of ORBIS Corporation, Menasha Corp.’s second-largest operating division, since 2004. Kotek was one of three members appointed by the Menasha Corporation board of directors to an executive management committee in May 2009, following the retirement of President and CEO Arthur Huge.
The Wisconsin Future Business Leaders of America has named Diane L. Roundy of Schenck Business Solutions as its 2008-09 Business Person of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding leaders from the business sector who have contributed to the success of Future Business Leaders of America.
Pete Hensler, the former director of economic development with the City of Appleton, has joined the Fox Cities-based private economic development firm, Economic Development Associates. Hensler retired from his position with the city in 2008.
Theresa Schouten has joined First National Bank-Fox Valley as the human resources manager. Schouten graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a bachelor’s degree in general business administration and a master’s degree in training and development.
Jennifer Nigl has been named the Fox Valley branch office manager for The QTI Group, a human resources and staffing organization.
HVS Advertising-Marketing, a Green Bay marketing and communications firm, has added Amy Lukes as a media strategist and Sue Simoens as art director. Lukes, formerly a media buyer and planner with the Karma Group, will plan media strategy to help HVS clients reach their marketing goals. Prior to joining HVS, Simoens assisted a variety of clients in Northeast Wisconsin as a freelance art director.
Robert P. Herre, president and chief executive officer of Fincantieri Marine Group, has joined the board of directors of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Lakeshore Area Human Resources Association has named its officers for 2009-10: president, Jane Birkholz, Lakeshore Technical College; past president, Sheila Schetter, Krueger International; secretary, Terri Hollen, Holy Family Memorial; treasurer, Tracy Benter, Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County; and members-at-large Beth Pieper, Flex Staff; Wendy Beck, Investors Community Bank; Kathy Zucchi, Red Arrow Products; Terri Bonino, ABR Employment Services; and Bill Persinger, Holy Family Memorial.
Three members of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley faculty were recently promoted to new positions: William J. Bultman was named professor of computer science, engineering and astronomy; Gregory Peter was named associate professor of anthropology and sociology; and Steven Sheehan was named associate professor of history.
Craig Bollig has joined E-Power Marketing Inc. in Oshkosh as a search engine marketing specialist.
Lakeshore Technical College President Michael Lanser has joined Wisconsin’s Green Jobs Advisory Committee. The seven-person committee is one of a group of state committees brought together by the Midwestern Governors Association to provide input on creating jobs in the new energy economy.
The Military Avenue Business Association has announced its 2009 board of directors and officers: president — Bryan Boettcher, Quick Signs; vice president — Henry Czachor, Westgate Properties; secretary — Edward Martin, H.J. Martin; and treasurer — Judy Decker, M&I Bank. Other board members include: Michael Cuene, Broadway Automotive; Anndrea Gauger, Green Bay Plaza; Greg Polacheck, Shopko; Dan Burich, Bay Motel and Restaurant; Ryon Savasta, Sara Investments; Theresa Barlament, The Pancake Place; and Randy Zaidel, Military BP Gas Station.
William G. Heinrich of Schenck Business Solutions has been elected to the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors as president-elect. Heinrich will serve as the group’s president for a one-year term.
Schenck Health Service Solutions has promoted Marcia Carlson to medical billing manager. She has been with Schenck since 1999 and most recently held the position of medical billing supervisor.
Randy Dummer, a partner with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause in Appleton, has received the outstanding discussion leader award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Dr. Emilio Gatti has joined Affinity Medical Group in Oshkosh. Gatti earned his medical degree from Buenos Aires Medical School in Argentina, and completed his neurology residency at the University of Miami. He also completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham and a teaching fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He is board-certified in internal medicine and neurology.
Will Deppiesse, vice president of First Business Bank-Northeast Region, has achieved his Certified Treasury Professional designation from the Association for Financial Professionals.
Paul Martzke of Immel Construction in Green Bay has earned certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.
Timothy J. Howald, president and chief executive officer of Tweet/Garot Mechanical, has received the 2009 Meritorious Service Award from the Mechanical Contractors Association of Wisconsin.
The Hearthstone Historic House Museum has hired Andrea Malnar as program director. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from UW-Whitewater.
Directions, a marketing communications and packaging agency in Neenah, has hired Natalie Nelson as a senior copywriter. She brings six years of marketing and business development experience from Oshkosh Corporation and Philip Morris USA to the position.
Nathan Edmondson has joined Pyramid Creative Group in Kaukauna as a display specialist within the marketing agency’s trade show division, Pyramid Display Group. Edmondson will provide customer support and consultation on the company’s available exhibiting solutions.
Certified physician assistant Brieanna Perock has joined the Affinity Medical Group practice in Little Chute. She provides comprehensive primary care to individuals and families, with a special interest in pediatrics and women’s health. Perock attended St. Norbert College in De Pere and earned her master’s of medical science degree from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Ill.
Hermes Law Ltd. of Green Bay has added Anthony Steffek to its legal team. He will focus on complex litigation and corporate lawsuits. Steffek graduated from UW-Madison and earned his law degree from Marquette University. Prior to joining Hermes Law, Ltd., Steffek practiced law at Denissen, Kranzush, Mahoney & Ewald, S.C., in Green Bay.
Mary Maurer, chief administrative officer at Holy Family Memorial, is the new chairwoman of the Chamber of Manitowoc County’s Board of Directors.
Michele Oostenbrug has started Maxwell’s All Natural Party in Appleton to provide natural treats to pets.
Mary Szafranski has joined Beaming Inc. development director. She will be responsible for fundraising, marketing and donor relations. Headquartered in Neenah, Beaming provides therapeutic riding for individuals with physical, emotional, and behavioral disabilities.
Cody Rabehl of ImproMed Inc. in Oshkosh has been promoted to a Level 3 analyst. He will provide assistance to ImproMed customers, educators and software technicians.
Dave Allen has been promoted to director of marketing at Lakeside Foods in Manitowoc. Allen joined Lakeside in 2007 as director of frozen retail sales, the position he held prior to his promotion. Previously, he was employed by Bay Valley Foods in Green Bay where he served in several positions, including vice president of retail sales.
Jennifer Bohlmann has been promoted to the role of project manager in the strategic planning department at Integrity Mutual Insurance Co. in Appleton. She will be responsible for organizing, designing and facilitating the activities of projects to ensure plans are accomplished within the prescribed time frame and budget.
Kerry Arent has been promoted to vice president of human resources for Appleton. Arent joined Appleton in 1982 and has worked in a range of HR management positions for the company before being named executive director of human resources in February 2008.
EuroPharma of Green Bay has added natural products expert Cheryl Myers to its newly formed Education Council. The longtime health professional will conduct seminars across the country.
Dr. Robert Kohl has joined St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. Kohl is a radiation oncologist. Kohl earned his medical degree from Des Moines University—College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds ABD status in a doctorate degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He also completed a residency at the Henry Ford Medical Center in Detroit.
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company of Neenah has added the following employees: Zachary Griesbach as an application development analyst; Vernon Green as a loss prevention specialist; Sean Hawley as a customer service representative; and Jen Skorstad as a commercial lines processor analyst.
Robert W. Agnew and Richard A. Braun have been named co-chairmen of Baylake Corp. They replace Thomas L. Herlache who has retired as chairman, but will continue as a director. Agnew, who is president and CEO of Peterson Industries, was elected to the Baylake Corp. board of directors in 2001. Braun has served as vice-chairman of the board of directors of Baylake Corp. since the merger of Baylake Corp. and Kewaunee County Banc-Shares Inc. in 1994.
A NEW THEDASTAR IN THE SKY
ThedaCare is leasing a new $6 million twin-engine Eurocopter E-135 helicopter from PHI Inc., the Lafayette, La., company that supplies the pilots and mechanics who work on the ThedaStar helicopter program. The new helicopter has the latest collision avoidance technology, designed to improve passenger and crew safety. The aircraft will replace the current ThedaStar helicopter, which was purchased nearly 10 years ago.
Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah has also expanded its helipad to 60 by 60 feet – large enough to land two helicopters. The Theda Clark Medical Center Foundation donated the $100,000 for the new helipad. In addition to the new helipad, GPS approaches were installed at Theda Clark and Appleton Medical Center to improve landing and take-off safety.
In addition, ThedaCare has been named one of the “100 Most Wired” health systems in the nation, according to an annual study published in Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association. This is the seventh year in a row that ThedaCare has received this honor.
IN OTHER NEWS …
Northern Lights Clinic of Green Bay has opened a new sleep center. The clinic offers a multidisciplinary approach to sleep medicine that revolves around the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders.
The Hampton Inn in Appleton has completed a $2.5 million renovation project. The hotel’s entire interior was renovated, including updated changes to the lobby and breakfast area, pool area and guest rooms. A full fitness center was also added.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has honored UW-Fox Valley’s Educational Talent Search Program with its Academic Staff Award for Excellence. The Educational Talent Search Program is a pre-college program designed to encourage students to complete high school and pursue a college education.
The Neenah Rotary Club has honored Kristina Allen, Maria Schmitz, Lee Hillstrom and Margie Weiss with its annual service awards.
Leibold Associates Inc., a strategic marketing and packaging design firm in Neenah, is featured in a new book entitled “Market Smart: The Best in Age- and Lifestyle-Specific Design,” published by Collins Design and Crescent Hill Books. Leibold’s featured work includes the Huggies Clean Team starter kit and Huggies Reusable diaper boxes created for Kimberly-Clark Corp.
The St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation has named Secura Insurance as its 2008 Corporate Partner of the Year.
St. Elizabeth Hospital Laboratory in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh have received accreditation from the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists.
Citizen’s First Credit Union is building the state’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental certified credit union corporate headquarters at land adjacent to the Highway 44/Universal Drive branch in Oshkosh.
Gary Mueller has opened Stratt Apparel, a retail store specializing in medical uniforms, kitchen uniforms, lab coats and other work wear products, at 358 City Center, Oshkosh. Mueller started Stratt Apparel more than a year ago as an Internet-based company, but recently decided to open a retail store where people can purchase their work-related clothing.
ENCAP, an inventor of advanced soil technologies that fight erosion, establish seeds and hold fertilizers in place, has received a patent for its movement-control technology, which covers application methods for water soluble polyacrylamides, commonly referred to as PAM.
Clifton Gunderson’s Oshkosh office is the sole recipient of the 2009 Northeastern Wisconsin Employers of Choice Award from HR1, a partnership created by local human resource professionals to provide employee opinion data and recognize quality employers in the Fox Valley and surrounding areas.
Cellcom of Green Bay received the first Femtocell Industry Award for significant progress or commercial launch by a small carrier at the Femtocells World Summit in London.
The 63-year-old Konop Companies of Green Bay has received the Staying Power Award in the Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award competition.
Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Manitowoc has opened in a building previously occupied by Copps Food Center. Dr. Chris Kordiyak, a family medicine physician in Manitowoc since 1991, will move to the remodeled clinic building at 3415 Custer St., Suite D. Dr. Michael Hoffman will join Kordiyak at the clinic next year.
Bellin Health and Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay are building an orthopedic ambulatory surgery center at 2223 Lime Kiln Road, Green Bay. The $3.9 million Bellin Health Orthopedic Surgery Center will be dedicated to outpatient orthopedic surgeries including ACL repair, knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy and rotator cuff repair. The 14,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2010.
Bellin Health of Green Bay has begun remodeling its emergency services department to enhance service to its patients. The project will allow the hospital to provide faster service to ER patients.
Schenck SC of Appleton has registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). The PCAOB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Headquartered in Washington, PCAOB’s mission is to protect the interests of investors and further the public interest in the preparation of informative, fair and independent audit reports.
Van Abel’s of Hollandtown and Marshall Florist in Kaukauna were honored in the Wisconsin Bride Magazine’s Best of 2009 Readers Choice Awards. Van Abel’s was honored in the best caterer category while Marshall Florist was honored in the best florist category.
Diversified Woodcrafts, a Suring-based manufacturer of science and laboratory wood furniture, has received FSC Chain of Custody certification. This certifies they meet strict tracking guidelines ensuring that materials come from FSC certified forests.
Heinz North America has named Bassett Mechanical of Kaukauna as its 2009 Supplier of the Year. The Fortune 500 Company best known for its iconic ketchup brand chose Bassett based on the quality of service it has been providing for more than 20 years. Most recently, Bassett worked on the refrigeration, freezing and HVAC systems for a Heinz facility in Florence, S.C.
Innovative Machining of Neenah is building a 53,364 square foot manufacturing addition its facility, including an overhead crane to expand their metal fabrication business.
Defining a good college as “one that meets student needs,” Forbes.com ranks Lawrence University the best undergraduate institution in Wisconsin and 41st nationally in its second-annual report on America’s top colleges. The magazine’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges” report ranks 600 of the country’s 1,600 four-year institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of the students and how much they achieve.
Lawrence, which jumped 27 spots nationally from last year’s 68th ranking, was one of only two state institutions to crack the publication’s top 100. (Ripon was ranked 99th.)
Liberal arts colleges like Lawrence accounted for six of the top 15 ranked institutions nationally.