People on the move

Posted on May 30, 2019 :: People on the Move
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer


Brian Krenke was named CEO of KI, replacing Dick Resch, who had been the company’s CEO since 1983. Resch will assume the title of executive chairman and chairman of the board.

Krenke joined KI in 1991 as a sales engineer and, through the years, moved into various senior leadership roles at the company. Since 2010, Krenke has served as the company’s president, overseeing KI’s day-to-day operations, including sales, marketing, and product design and development. Krenke has also managed operations for the KI subsidiary Pallas Textiles.

New hires

Daniel Heiser will become dean of St. Norbert’s Schneider School of Business & Economics on July 1. He will oversee the undergraduate experience, the MBA program, the Center for Exceptional Leadership, the Center for Business & Economic Analysis and the Strategic Research Institute.

Michael Alexander will become provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as of July 1.

David Baumgarten joined Old National Bank as chairman of the company’s Wisconsin region.

Carl Cartwright was named superintendent of the Berlin Area School District.

Bill Julius joined McClone as executive vice president of sales.

Werner Electric Supply hired Brandon Day as vice president of automation.

Jason Grossklaus joined UnitedOne Credit Union as senior business loan specialist. Fritzy Brady was named branch manager for UnitedOne Credit Union’s office at the Walmart Supercenter in Manitowoc.

Fortifi Bank announced new hires: Kate Owens, senior vice president of retail banking, and Michelle Oliver, assistant vice president/marketing manager.

Denis Hogan rejoined Associated Bank as the Northeast Wisconsin and Fox Valley regional president and senior vice president of corporate banking.

David Callender joined the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. as communications director.

Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction Inc. announced new hires: Kurt Peeters, project architect; Gina Thern, designer; Amy Rhoda, project manager; Joe Perry, field project manager; Nate Ortlieb, field project manager; Aly Meunier, graphic designer, photographer and videographer; and Dean Glatting, senior designer.

Somerville Architects announced new hires: Abraham Ploeger, architectural drafter; Tammy Deterville, senior architectural drafter; and Taylor Reed, mechanical drafter. In addition, the company named two of its employees to its board of directors: Melanie Parma and Sam Graner.

Steve Genck joined Integrity Insurance as territory sales manager for Iowa.

Kayla Ammon joined Stellar Blue Technologies as a digital marketing specialist.

Amanda Waeghe joined H.J. Martin and Son as an interior designer.

Ledgeview Partners announced new hires: Tony Mykhaylovskyy and Bill Coffman, .NET developers; Margo Anioce, business consultant; Ashley Lacenski, application consultant; Adam Spanbauer, inside sales account manager; Kyle Restoule, account executive.

Lidia Frias joined Miron Construction Co. Inc. as an estimator.

Keller Inc. hired Sam Eiles as building craftsman.

Del Schmelzer joined Pieper Automation.

Foundations Health & Wholeness added two new therapists: Stephanie Kregel-Forbes and Kenneth Sann.

Hospitalist Mark-Allen Polyakov joined St. Agnes Hospital, and family medicine physician Jeffery Kent joined the Fond du Lac Regional Clinic. 

Pa Kou joined Women’s Health Specialists as advanced practice nurse prescriber.


The Stephenson National Bank & Trust promoted Beth Durow to chief financial officer.

McMahon promoted two to vice president roles: Brad Werner, associate/senior municipal engineer in the Environment & Infrastructure Division, and Nick Vande Hey, associate/senior municipal and water resources engineer in the Environment & Infrastructure Division.

The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership promoted Andy Porter to senior consultant.

First Business Bank promoted Zak Showalter to commercial banking associate.

EUA promoted Heather Turner Loth as leader of Workplace Strategy.


Current Young Professionals of the Greater Green Bay Chamber announced recipients of its Future 15 and Young Professionals Awards. Abby Brezinski, New Community Shelter, was named Young Professional of the Year. Other recipients included: Matt Buchanan, City of Green Bay, Department of Community and Economic Development; John P. Bushmaker, Brown County Health and Human Services; Jenene Calloway, Schreiber Foods; Cordero X. Cornelious-Barkley, Associated Bank; Bradley Klingsporn, Brown County; Skyla Loritz, PAi Retirement Services; James P. Nick, Dental Care Alliance; Tommie Preslaski, Associated Bank; Steve Roth, Profile by Sanford; Meghan Scanlan, Performa Inc.; Brehanna Skaletski, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin; Dan Terrio, Capital Credit Union; Jenny Tice, Scholarships Inc.; and Nicole Virant, Family & Childcare Resources N.E.W.

Pulse Young Professionals of the Fox Cities Chamber announced recipients of its 2019 Fox Cities Future 15 awards: Chole Albrecht, Element; Kristin Ausloos, Faith Technologies; Jennifer Buelow Fischer, UW-Oshkosh; Kristin Cates, Volunteer Fox Cities; Vanessa Cebulski, BConnected; Nick Geffers, Thrivent Financial; Melissa Huempfer, Alzheimer’s Association of Wisconsin; Nicole Hurd, Coalesce Marketing and Design; Rachel Janzen, Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital; Josh Kilgas, United Way Fox Cities; James Kilsdonk, Old National Bank; Ryan Lonergan, Patriot Enterprises; Nick Romensko, Gold Cross Ambulance Services; Conner Stilp, Century 21 Ace Realty; and Melissa Weyland, Organic Valley.

Barry Martzahl, managing director – wealth management and institutional consulting director in the Graystone Consulting Green Bay office, was named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2019 State-by-State.

Michael Melotte, director of pilot training for Air Wisconsin Airlines, received the Fox Valley Technical College 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award. FVTC Adult Basic Education Instructor Laurie Jarvis earned Teacher of the Year honors on behalf of the Correctional Education Association for Region Three.

Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickel received the Economic Accelerator of the Year Award at Progress Lakeshore’s annual Excellence in Economic Development Awards.

The Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau presented its annual Tourism Awards: Scott Springmier, Convention Award for the 2018 Technical Association Pulp & Paper Institute Tissue Making Conference; Dennis Smits, Sports Award for the Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association, which brought the USA Powerlifting High School National Championships to Appleton; and Jane Lang, Neenah Historical Society, Destination Builder Award.

The Sheboygan Rotary Club awarded Acuity President and CEO Ben Salzmann the Good Citizen of the Year Award.

The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center presented its Distinguished Service Award to Mike Weller, who was selected for his persistent efforts in advocating publicly for the center.

Nathan Claflin, a De Pere resident, was awarded the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 2018 Elijah Watt Sells Award, which is given each year to those with the highest cumulative scores on the rigorous four-part CPA Examination.

Zachary Szymik of Szymik Affordable Auto of Green Bay received a Spark Award from the Better Business Bureau Service Wisconsin. The awards recognize Wisconsin entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate a high level of character and are committed to giving back to their community.

Leadership Green Bay presented the 2019 Leo Frigo Leadership Award to Tom Swiecichowski, a financial coach for Primerica.

The Door County Economic Development Corp. named Nathan Drager, the owner and founder of Quantum PC in Sturgeon Bay, as entrepreneur of the year and gave its lifetime achievement award to the late Ellsworth Peterson, who ran Peterson Builders and helped the company emerge as a premier, versatile shipbuilder that produced navy vessels for 13 countries.

UW-Green Bay Manitowoc campus students Brianna Chase, Sadie Stiefvater and Allie Torgeson won the $500 first prize for their product, the Doogie Coozie, at the Spring 2019 UWGB Manitowoc Campus Student Business Idea Contest at UW-Green Bay Manitowoc.

Financial Executives International of Northeastern Wisconsin recognized five New North college students with FEI Academic Achievement Awards: Logan Lisowski, Lakeland University; Carissa Birschbach, Marian University; Anna Johnson, St. Norbert College; Daniel Teuscher, UW-Green Bay; and Luiz Gustavo Caputo Spim, UW-Oshkosh.

Thomas Kunkel, retired president of St. Norbert College, completed a biography on the life of Norbert of Xanten, entitled “Man of Fire: The Life and Spirit of Norbert of Xanten.”