People on the Move – December 2015

Andrew Schaick
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Rob Peterson joined the Fox Cities Regional Partnership as its new director of existing industry services. In this role, Peterson will conduct on-site interviews with corporate leadership to build productive relationships and identify needs, challenges and opportunities associated with doing business in the Fox Cities. Peterson previously worked with local companies such as Pierce Manufacturing, Metso Paper, Plexus and Thilmany.

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. announced it named current board member Kenneth W. Krueger as interim chairman, president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. The company also recently appointed Timothy J. Fenton, a 41-year veteran of McDonald’s Corporation, and Thomas D. Davis, a past president and chief executive officer of Viskase Companies, Inc., to the board of directors of its wholly-owned subsidiary Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc. Manitowoc further announced the appointment of John O. Stewart, former executive vice president, chief financial officer, and chief administrative officer of Hostess Brands, Inc., as chief financial officer of Manitowoc Foodservice, Inc.

The young professionals group of the Fond du Lac Association of Commerce announced the winners of its Future 5 and Young Professional of the Year awards during its annual meeting in November. Jenny Knuth, art director for, received the 2015 Young Professional of the Year award. The other four winners of the Future 5 Award include: Jenna Floberg, director and assistant administrator, St. Francis Home/Agnesian HealthCare; Tony Goebel, owner/benefits advisor, 5Gbenefits/Goebel Insurance & Financial, Inc.;  Ryan Haase, human resources manager-talent management, Society Insurance; and Amy Jessen, corporate event planner, Michels Corporation.

OMNNI Associates added Gary Kennedy, former highway commissioner of Manitowoc County, to the OMNNI team.

Baylake Bank promoted Michelle Sternard to assistant vice president, commercial banking officer.

CBS-Global, also known as Creative Business Services, added Shane Gutzman in the role of intermediary.

Scott Bushkie, CBI, M&AMI, president and founder of Cornerstone Business Services, was elected as the 2016 president of the International Business Brokers Association. 

Sargento Foods Inc. announced the promotion of six members of its engineering department: Brian Kaufman, director-production engineering; Bruce Wisnefske, director-continuous improvement engineering; Darrell Abston, senior manager-electrical engineering; Patrick Higgins, manager-continuous improvement engineering; Chris Meyer, director-facilities engineering; and Chay Vue, director-innovation engineering. Sargento also hired Brian Ginn as a sales team leader for the consumer products division.

Cherney Microbiological Services, Ltd., promoted Amanda Matczynski to marketing, public relations and community service director.

BrownBoots Interactive Inc. hired Mary Christopherson as graphic designer for its creative team.

Miguel Cruz and Michaela Paukner have joined Candeo Creative. Cruz was hired as a full-time senior account manager and Paukner was hired as a full-time communication specialist.

J. Lance Cavanaugh, vice president for development for the University of Arizona Foundation, joined the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as vice chancellor for university advancement and president of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc.

Melissa Schulteis, a virtual construction specialist at Miron Construction Co., Inc., was named AIA Regional Associates Director for the North Central States Region, representing more than 780 associate members in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota on the National Associates Committee. Miron also hired Melissa Kissinger, controller, and Bill Schaller, industrial estimator, at its Neenah headquarters.

Werner Electric Supply named Bill Kocha as controller, responsible for the development and implementation of financial management budgets, goals, policies and procedures.

Bayland Buildings, Inc. hired Jeff Sabel as a sales representative for its Green Bay-based commercial division. 

Keller Planners, Architects and Builders hired Nikki Schroeder as an operations administrative assistant and Michael Prosser as a project manager.   

The Sullivan Group, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, added Robin Lutz, CPA to the firm.

Brennan Haworth joined Fiduciary Partners, Inc., as assistant vice president. 

Stellar Blue Technologies promoted Andy Hablewitz to web programmer. 

Deidrich Agency hired Tonya Feucht as an agent serving the Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam, Horicon and Mayville markets.

Eliot Bares joined the staff of Kerntke Otto McGlone Wealth Management Group as a planning specialist.

Community First Credit Union announced Michael St. Marie and Jeff Venable joined its team of financial advisors, registered through CUSO Financial Services L.P., at Community First Financial Advisors.

Jody Seubert, productivity manager with Faith Technologies, earned the Certificate of Management – LEAN Construction credential from the Associated General Contractors of America.

Barb Merry, a realtor with Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group’s John Street office in Appleton, was awarded Emeritus Status by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Hager, Dewick & Zuengler, S.C., announced attorney Ryan D. Krumrie received the Wisconsin Law Journal’s Up and Coming Lawyers Award. 

Cathy Sandeen, Chancellor of University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension, named 13 individuals to the newly-created positions of regional associate deans/campus administrators for the UW Colleges. Northeast Wisconsin appointments included: Cindy Bailey, associate dean for student affairs and enrollment management/
campus administrator, UW-Marinette;
Bill Bultman, associate dean for academic affairs/campus administrator, UW-Fox Valley; Carla Rabe, associate dean for student affairs and enrollment management/campus administrator, UW-Manitowoc; Bethany Rusch, associate dean for administration and finance/campus administrator, UW-Fond du Lac; and Dan Anhalt, associate dean for administration and finance/campus administrator, UW-Sheboygan.

Camera Corner Connecting Point promoted Rebecca Chernick to chief financial officer. Chernick has been with CCCP for 30 years and played an instrumental role in the growth and improvement of all areas of the business.

Wisconsin Business Development recognized Mark Maurer, vice president-business banking at Investors Community Bank, as a WBD Elite Lending Partner for his success in helping small business. In addition, the bank announced it promoted Dave Coggins to the position of chief banking officer.

1st National Bank of Berlin hired Ben Gibson for its Northeast office, located in Green Bay, to develop a growing portfolio of regional accounts. 

Dustin Heimerl joined Unitel, Inc. as its newest technician.

Bookworm Gardens hired Cate Bayles as education manager.

The Greater Green Bay Chamber announced Susan Zittlow as director, workforce development. She was most recently the assessment coordinator at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Reed Schmechel joined McMahon’s Environmental and Infrastructure Department as an AutoCAD Designer. 

Sail Young Professionals of Manitowoc County announced its “Future 15” at its annual banquet in November. This year, 17 young professionals were awarded the “Future 15” due to a 3-way-tie for 15th place. Recipients include: Sarah Arenz, Manitowoc Public School District; Ashley Armstrong, Lakeshore Technical College; Tracy Bauer, School District of Mishicot; Stephanie Carpenter, Hamilton Wood Type Museum; Shawn Driscoll, School District of Mishicot; Justin Gerlach, School District of Mishicot; Dan Hartwig, Manitowoc County Sheriffís Office; Micah Hoffman, Manitowoc Public School District; Mike Johnson, Wisconsin Maritime Museum; Adam Kolb, Country Visions Cooperative; Steve Proszenyak, UnitedOne Credit Union; Dean Sleger, Manitowoc Public School District; Erika Soukup, Thrivent Financial; Brooke Sprang, Investors Community Bank; Greg Vadney, Rahr-West Art Museum; Jennifer Wachowski, School District of Mishicot; and Becky Wilhelm, Big Brothers Big Sisters Manitowoc County.