Rod Hightower has been named president of EAA in Oshkosh. Hightower, a Texas native, has a business career spanning more than 25 years in managing manufacturing and industrial companies. He is also a vintage aircraft enthusiast and has restored his own Stearman biplane, which he flies. Hightower replaced Tom Poberezny, who will stay on as EAA chairman and focus on fostering the organization’s business relationships and philanthropy.
Joe Fahley has been named vice president of financial shared services for SCA’s North American operations. Fahley joined SCA’s predecessor Wisconsin Tissue in 1998 and was previously vice president and chief financial officer for SCA America’s Tissue Division.
Dr. John E. Laabs has joined ThedaCare Physicians-Darboy as a family practitioner. For the past 25 years, Dr. Laabs has practiced medicine in the Fox Cities. Dr. Laabs received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin and his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He also received a master’s degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Laabs completed residencies in family medicine at the University of Arkansas for Health Sciences and University of Wisconsin at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He also completed a mini-residency in occupational medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
Linda Nila has joined the Boldt Co. in Appleton as chief financial officer. She brings more than 28 years experience in finance and management to her new role.
Physical therapist Karen Schultz of Aurora Medical Center in Two Rivers was honored by the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s annual Employee Pride Recognition Program.
Lisa Kallas has joined Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott of Oshkosh as business manager.
Registered nurse Tracey Froiland is the new Region 6 Wisconsin Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program coordinator. She is ThedaCare’s H1N1 coordinator and the staff development educator for Appleton Medical Center’s Emergency Department. WHEPP supports hospital emergency preparedness planning and response to mass casualty incidents or pandemic events.
Kevin Duffy has joined Hoffman LLC as a senior project manager. He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional and has 12 years of experience in the construction industry.
Orion Energy Systems Inc. in Manitowoc has named Michael Potts president and chief operating officer, managing the company’s day-to-day operations. He has more than 20 years in energy management and most recently served as Orion’s executive vice president.
Dr. Charles Merbs and Terry Dawson received the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award from the UW-Fox Valley Foundation. Merbs attended UW-Fox from 1954-55 before moving to UW-Madison, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1964-73 before moving to Arizona State University as chair of its department of anthropology, a position he held for six years. Merbs is a pre-eminent forensics scholar, specializing in the studies of the human skeleton, especially involving pathology and trauma. Dawson attended UW-Fox from 1966-68. After UW-Fox, he received his bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in library science from UW-Madison. He has been director of the Appleton Public Library since 1996.
Beth Larson, branch manager of the Stephenson National Bank & Trust in Oconto, and Perry Carlson, branch manager of SNBT’s Menominee office, have completed the Wisconsin Bankers’ Association Branch Management School.
Nancy Dewitz has joined DVMConnexx as the client services manager.
BrightStar has hired Theresa A. Froehlich as director of nursing for the company. She has more than 20 years of nursing experience.
Phil Voss has joined Smet Construction Services as a project superintendent.
Jason Roe joined Orthopedic & Spine Therapy of Shawano as physical therapist. He has a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in exercise science/physical education from Utah State University.
Lois M. Dennee, executive director of the Associated Master Plumbers of Green Bay and the Mechanical Contractors Association of North Central Wisconsin of Appleton, received the distinguished service award at the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors’ Five State Convention.
Dr. Xinqian Chen has joined BayCare Clinic in Green Bay as a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. He received his medical degree from Fourth Military Medical University in Xi’an, China, and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation from Upstate Medical University SUNY in Syracuse, N.Y.
Michelle Dahlke has joined Citizens Bank as vice president, treasury management sales representative for Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She has more than 11 years of experience in the treasury management field.
Steve Pautz, loss control manager for Integrity Insurance in Appleton, has been selected president of the Fox Valley Safety Council. The Fox Valley Safety Council has provided networking opportunities for council members and information on safety programs and OSHA mandates. Pautz has been with Integrity for seven years.
Brett Baylor has joined HiTech Manufacturing Solutions Inc. in Green Bay as a mechanical designer. He will create 3D models from AutoCAD drawings.
Ledgeview Partners LLC, an Appleton firm specializing in customer relationship products and services, has added Shawn Gens as a CRM development consultant and Saravanan (“Sud”) Shanmugabaskaran as a CRM support consultant.
David La Duke has joined Bank First National as assistant vice president of business banking in Sheboygan. He is responsible for helping grow the business lending function in the bank’s southern region market. He previously worked at Community Bank & Trust and People’s State Bank.
Matt Ten Haken and Alexandra Rathbone have joined the staff of the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. As sports sales manager, Ten Haken is responsible for developing partnerships and selling the Fox Cities as a destination for state, regional and national sports tournaments and sports-related conventions. He previously was the assistant executive director of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Rathbone is a visitor and administrative services assistant and will provide visitors with information on the area and support other administrative tasks.
Norm Trisler, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group Inc. in Waupaca, earned membership in the company’s International Diamond Society, a level achieved by only the top 5 percent of Coldwell Banker associates worldwide.
Insight Creative of Green Bay has promoted Niki Petit to director of business development and Shelly Hendricks to media director.
Equitable Reserve Association in Neenah has added Mary Wolf as fraternal coordinator and Rose Kilsdonk as marketing communications and programs manager. As fraternal coordinator, Wolf is responsible for promoting fraternal activities within chapters and working as a resource for chapter officers. Before joining Equitable, she was with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in the Mid-Atlantic Region. As marketing communciations and programs manager, Kilsdonk is responsible for overseeing the marketing communications process. Before joining Equitable Reserve Association, Kilsdonk worked in various marketing media roles at Atomic Tribe, F+W Media, Gannett and Shaker Advertising in Chicago. She also managed her own marketing consulting firm. She is also a member of Insight’s editorial advisory board.
Lori Bishop, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group’s Neenah office, has earned the NAR’s Green Designation from the Green Resource Council.
Karmen Lemke of Wrightstown received Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award. Lemke, a 1994 graduate of NWTC’s marketing program, is manager of community relations and contributions with Wisconsin Public Service Corp.
The Bellin Health Foundation has announced its 2010 officers and board of directors. Officers include: chairperson – Aaron Popkey, Green Bay Packers Inc.; vice chairperson – Susan VanGheem, Pension Inc.; secretary – Mark McMullen, Associated Wealth Management; and treasurer – Gail McNutt, community volunteer. Board members include: Dr. Edward Bongiorno, Bellin Health; Michael Frohna, the Bellin Health Foundation; George Kerwin, Bellin Health; Ann Murphy, Murphy Development Inc.; John Dykema, Circle Packaging Machinery Inc./Campbell Wrapper Corp.; Frederick Schmidt, Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak and Jerry S.C.; Michael Sturdivant, Tweet-Garot Mechanical; Dr. Wen Yap, Urology Associates of Green Bay S.C.; Kathy Zimmermann, Usana Health Services; and Steve Van Vuren, The Haberdasher Ltd.
Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin’s board of directors has selected its officers for 2010. I. Gregg Curry, an attorney with McCarthy Law LLP, was re-elected to another one-year term as board chair while David Hackney from Sumnicht & Associates will serve another term as treasurer. They are joined by new board officers Linda Kennedy from Business Lending Group Inc., as vice chair; and Tom Wiltzius from Wilitzus Associates LLC, board as secretary. Also serving on Goodwill NCW’s 10-member board are Kim Bassett-Heitzmann from Bassett-Mechanical; Kathryn Correia from ThedaCare; Richard Detienne; Ronald Dunlap from CESA 6; Gary Lichtenberg; and Terry Timm from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Goodwill has also added three employees to its Fox Cities operations. Nathan Wielgosh was hired as a help desk technician; Kristi Isca was hired as a new people coordinator in the HR department; and Perry Kieffer was hired as a building and grounds assistant with the environmental services team at Goodwill’s Menasha campus. Goodwill has also promoted Meta McKinney to product design lead with the Goods Made Good team.
Randy Johnson, president of US Lamp Inc. in Green Bay, recently taught a high efficiency technology and design seminar for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington D.C. He is a Lighting Certified and State of Wisconsin Licensed Designer of Engineering Systems.
Vicki Vannieuwenhoven of Bellin Medical Group Hospital and Clinic Services received the 2010 Management Women Professional Achievement Award.
Humana Inc. has named Dr. Thomas Van Gilder as vice president and market medical officer for its Wisconsin and Michigan commercial market operations. Prior to joining Humana, Dr. Van Gilder served as the medical director for quality initiatives and practicing primary care physician for QuadMed, which directs the onsite medical facilities for QuadGraphics and other companies.
Timothy Hippert, president and owner of United Concrete & Construction, and Kevin Kluess, a project manager, earned their certified ACI Concrete Flatwork Installers designation through the American Concrete Institute.
Jim Christensen has joined burnham richards in Green Bay as director of brand development. He previously worked at agencies in New Jersey and Northeast Wisconsin.
Trent Huff has joined the marketing staff of Building Werks in Denmark.
Kaleb Schad has joined Imaginasium in Green Bay as art director.
Sarah Schmidt has been promoted to the role of staffing specialist at the Green Bay office of SEEK Careers/Staffing Inc.
Nathan Funderburg is the new clinical nurse manager at the Wound Healing Center at Bellin Health. He received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bellin College and was a clinical wound specialist with Parkview Manor Health and Rehabilitation.
David Fontecchio, owner of TECC Security Systems Inc. in Appleton, was elected to the Wisconsin Electronic Security Association Board of Directors.
Miron Construction Co. of Neenah recently broke ground on three non-profit facilities – the CHAPS Academy in Shiocton; the Fox Valley Warming Shelter in Appleton; and the NEW Community Shelter in Green Bay. The company is donating construction services and in-kind work. Each year, Miron donates nearly $750,000 to community organizations and projects.
Network Health Plan members can now see providers from both ThedaCare and the Affinity Medical Group. Earlier this year, Affinity began accepting Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield patients.
Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group has merged with RE/MAX Peninsula Properties in Bailey’s Harbor and Coldwell Banker Door County Horizons. Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group will have offices in Bailey’s Harbor, Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay. Scott Bader will manage the Fish Creek office, Gretchen Porten will manage the Sturgeon Bay office and Jamie Sanger has been named regional director for all Door County locations.
Keller Inc. of Kaukauna has been ranked the top 2009 metal builder in the nation, according to Metal Construction News’ annual ranking of tonnage of steel purchased. Keller used 7,026 tons of steel in 2009. Keller was also ranked No. 3 in the nation and No. 1 in Wisconsin for square footage of steel. Keller built more than 886,686 square feet of metal construction in 2009.
Romo Durable Graphics of De Pere has acquired Chicago Decal, a Chicago-based manufacturer of custom decals. As part of the sale, all products will be shipped from the De Pere office and a production facility in Burr Ridge, Ill., will be closed.
The Urban Hope Entrepreneur Center, now known as the E-Hub, recently honored several companies. Star of Hope Advocate Award: Philip Danen of Roels, Keidatz, Fronsee, Danen in De Pere; Making Diversity Work Award: Bruce Yang of Main Oriental Market, Green Bay; Alumni Volunteer Award: Diane Klenke of Allcare Insurance Center, Green Bay; Shooting Star Business Award: Vickie Linssen of Interior Motives Consignment Gallery, Bellevue; Reggie White Award: Bill Macier, The Attic Books & Coffee, Green Bay.
Robert W. Baird & Co. is adding 2,700-square-feet to its location in downtown Green Bay. The project will be complete this fall and add more space for the firm’s 28 associates.
Lawrence University in Appleton, St. Norbert College in De Pere and Ripon College were named among “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes. Lawrence was ranked No. 50th, St. Norbert was ranked 152nd; and Ripon College was ranked 195th.
Avastone Technologies LLC has launched a Microsoft Dynamics Consulting Division, which includes the former Microsoft Dynamics consulting practices of Anderson Tackman & Co., Heartland Business Systems and Schenck SC. The merger of talent and expertise includes Sherry Berg, CPA, former manager of the computer consulting division at Anderson Tackman, and Mary Hanrahan, former product line manager of Microsoft Dynamics for Schenck.
Lakeshore Technical College has been awarded the certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The college earned the recognition for its comprehensive financial report, which was prepared by LTC accountant Molly O’Connell.
Competitive Strategies of Appleton was one of 15 companies nationwide to receive the Customer Excellence Award from Sage North America, based on customer satisfaction ratings for support of MAS 90 software.
Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star, which signifies that the building’s energy performance rates in the top 25 percent of facilities nationwide. Mercy Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton are the only two hospitals in the state to receive the award. Both are part of Affinity Health System.
JJ Keller of Neenah has launched a new website – www.regsense.com – to help businesses stay up to date on more than 1,000 key safety and regulation topics. RegSense is updated daily.
Keller Inc. is designing and building an 11,306-square-foot facility for Sunny Day Child Care and Preschool in Waupaca. Project financing was provided by Waupaca businesses, community members, the USDA Rural Development program and First National Bank of Waupaca.
Clifton Gunderson, which has an office in Oshkosh, has merged with Humes & Barrington, a CPA firm based in St. Louis.
The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored several businesses. Legato Marketing & Communications received the Entrepreneurial Award; Smet Construction Services won the Green Award; MCL Industries won the Growth Award; Orthopedic & Spine Therapy of Green Bay received the Cornerstone Award; Friends of the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary received the Special Accomplishment Award; and Steve Van Remortel of SM Advisors received the Business Person of the Year Award.
The Fox Cities Chamber recently honored four businesses. Innovative Machining of Neenah was honored in the manufacturing category; GingeRootz Asian Grille of Appleton won in the wholesale/retail category; Appleton Group Wealth Management won in the service category; and Apple Tree Connections of Appleton won the Rising Star Award.
STEP Industries of Neenah received the 2009 Certified Supplier Award from Seaquist Closures. STEP was recognized as a top supplier with 100 percent compliance on quality measures, as well as on time shipments.
Graduates from the Family Business Education Certificate Program through UW-Oshkosh’s Wisconsin Family Business Forum include Deanne Bremer, Jason Wuerst and Heather Gonyo of Badger Mining Corp., Berlin; Matt Beno of Beno Plumbing, Green Bay; Jon Faulks of Faulks Bros. Construction, Waupaca; Rebecca Brown of Fox Cities Records Services, Appleton; Phil Janes and Mark Tushar of Janesco, Neenah; Scott Kobussen of Kobussen Buses, Oshkosh; Joan Schaupp and May Schaupp of P&S Investment, Green Bay; Ann Lahde of Schenck S.C., Appleton; Ruth Van Zeeland of Van Zeeland Manufacturing, Little Chute; Donna Nelson of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum, Oshkosh; Randy Mahoney of Wipfli, Appleton; and Beth Wenzel of Zander Press in Brillion.