Society Insurance in Fond du Lac recently made several new executive appointments following the retirement of Jim Thomas as chief executive officer. Rick W. Parks was named president and CEO; William F. Reeves was named senior vice president and chief operating officer; and D. Holly Lifke was named vice president-commercial underwriting. Parks joined Society in 2005 as a senior vice president and COO. He was elected to the company’s board of directors in 2008. Reeves joined Society in 2008 as vice president-commercial underwriting. Lifke joined Society in 2000 and previously was vice president-human resources.
Alta Resources in Neenah promoted Dave Richter to vice president of the sales business unit and Paul Makurat to managing director of the Wisconsin care teams for the customer care business team. Alta also hired Kris Schwartzbauer as director of business development.
Rebecca Deschane, youth development manager of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and program director of the Partners in Education Drug Alliance, and Annie Short of the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention in Manitowoc County, received American Athletic Institute’s 2011 Prevention Specialist of the Year Awards.
Kathleen Hagens is the new MBA Program Director at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s College of Business. She received a bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh in 1994 and her master’s degree in business administration from the college in 1998. She previously worked in marketing at American Medical Security Inc., Banta Corp. and Analysts International Corporation.
Mike Merbach, an instructor in Fox Valley Technical College’s electrical education department, received the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Education Award.
Omega Fields promoted Kevin Blackburn to director of operations of the company’s Newton milling and blending operation. In his new role, he will oversee plant facilities and all aspects of manufacturing.
Daniel DeGroot is the new chief executive officer of Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. He comes to CMH with 17 years of health care administration experience in Wisconsin and Minnesota. For the past six years, he has served as division administrator for the West and Northwest Divisions of Marshfield Clinic.
MBM, a document technology and imaging products company in Appleton, hired Chris Klein as a sales representative in the Fox Cities, Aaron Gurney as a sales representative in Brown and Outagamie counties, Jason Loker to the sales team covering the eastern part of Outagamie County as well as Calumet and Shawano counties and Jill Zanzig as a technical resource coordinator.
Kathy A. Hinkfuss is the new executive director of the YWCA. She previously was vice president of national service operations at Humana.
Attorney Graeme P. Rattray was promoted to partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP’s branch in Appleton.
Attorney Will McKinley has joined Liebmann, Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C. in Green Bay. He is a graduate of Marquette University Law School and concentrates his practice on family law.
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay promoted Lori Bankson to curator of animals.
Ben Turner, a veteran executive from GE Capital, is the new managing director at Heartland Business Systems in Little Chute. Turner is responsible for Heartland’s sales and operations, as well as accounting and human resources functions for Heartland Business Systems and its sister companies, Heartland Label Printers and Avastone Technologies. Peter Helander, chief executive officer for all three companies, will continue to oversee sales and operations for Avastone and Heartland Label Printers, as well as focusing on business development, strategic partner relationships, mergers and acquisitions for all three firms.
The Rotary Club of Appleton West has elected its new officers for 2011-12: president – Jeanne Beckley; president-elect – Jason Druxman; vice president – Bob Kinney; secretary – John Hendrickson; treasurer – Steve Predayna; and past president – Cody Mares.
The papermaker Appleton added Mark A. Suwyn and George W. Wurtz to its board of directors. Suwyn is president of Marsuw, a private investment and consulting company, and former chairman of NewPage. Wurtz is president and chief executive officer of New WinCup Holdings of Stone Mountain, Ga.
Ledgeview Partners, an Appleton customer relationship management firm, added Dean Niquette as a customer relationship management support consultant; Susie Hudziak as a sales and customer care division account manager; Teri Dwyer as an administrative assistant; and Kevin Brown as the software services division account manager
J.F. Ahern Co. promoted Rick Hext to executive vice president of the Madison region and David Leisses to northwest regional manager of Ahern’s Menomonie office.
Marcia Stang Janezic, assistant vice president of marketing at the Stephenson National Bank & Trust, recently graduated from the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing and Management held at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Richard Henes joined Werner Electric Supply in Neenah as a solar specialist. He is certified in renewable energies solar and advanced solar installation.
Master Fleet LLC in Green Bay hired Tom Anderson as vice president of finance and operations. He has more than 26 years of experience in the transportation and logistics industry.
Cory Bouch was named director of organizational development and learning at Johnsonville Sausage. He previously created leadership development programs for Johnsonville.
Morgan Wiswall was promoted to purchasing initiatives and sustainability manager at Menasha Packaging in Neenah. He has been with the company since 2000, most recently as a purchasing manager.
Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc named Karen Hansen industrial rehab coordinator. Industrial rehab offers employers onsite occupational and physical therapies as well as ergonomics, early screening for musculoskeletal disorders and patient education. Hansen ran her own rehab business for 12 years before joining Holy Family.
Bruce Kamitz was named branch manager for Citizens Bank in Oshkosh. He previously was the branch manager in Kiel.
Anjali Seefeldt joined Strategic Solutions Consulting in Appleton. Before joining her mother, Shipra Seefeldt at Strategic Solutions Consulting, she worked with Otavala Consulting and has expertise with improving organizational performance. Shipra Seefeldt recently received a certificate in family business advising (FBA) from the Family Firm Institute.
Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott in Oshkosh added Rebecca Westphal as business manager and Heather Saladin as an assistant for attorney Paul Swanson.
Skyline Technologies hired Diane Stanley as director of finance and Chris Miller as a business intelligence consultant.
Batley CPA LLC has announced that Wade Hanson and Jeff Schommer have taken an ownership stake in the firm. Hanson is the Green Bay office manager and Schommer is the office manager in Neenah. Batley CPA also announced that Mark Danielski was hired as the manager of the firm’s Appleton office. Danielski formerly owned the practice before selling it to Batley in 2010.
Tim Cooley is the new director of capital development for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. A graduate of UW-Madison, Cooley has served a variety of executive roles in formulating strategy and driving and managing growth plans for high-profile companies and organizations. He most recently served as Madison’s director of economic development.
Doug Bengson, continuous improvement guide with Headwaters Excellence Partners, was a speaker at the JobshopLean 2011 Conference, which was held last month at Ohio State University. Benson has more than 20 years of experience in a variety of manufacturing environments.
Dr. Jennifer Steinhoff joined ThedaCare Physicians-Waupaca as a family physician. Dr. Steinhoff earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her residency through UW Health Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency in Appleton. Lindsey Baade joined ThedaCare Physicians-Clintonville as a family nurse practitioner. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at UW-Milwaukee and her master’s degree in nursing with a family nurse practitioner emphasis from UW-Oshkosh. Courtney Beaudette joined ThedaCare Physicians-Internal Physicians in Neenah as an advanced practice nurse practitioner. She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Northern Michigan University and her master’s degree in nursing from UW-Oshkosh. Dr. Carrie Beth Chapman joined Appleton Cardiology, which is a part of ThedaCare, as a cardiologist. Chapman earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and completed her medical residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
Integrity Insurance in Appleton has named two new vice presidents. Brad Kelly is the new vice president of sales and marketing and Christian Martin is the new vice president of claims. Kelly has 22 years of experience in insurance sales, underwriting, management, marketing and administration. He comes to Integrity from Indiana Insurance in Waukesha. Martin previously served as director of commercial claims at Allied Insurance Co. in Des Moines, Iowa. Integrity also recently added Andrea McHugh and Jill Guertin as personal lines underwriters and Stacy Chapin as a property claims representative.
Stephenson National Bank & Trust added Tim Strauss as a commercial loan officer and credit analyst. Prior to joining the bank, Stauss was assistant principal, interim principal and business finance instructor at Marinette High School. Before becoming an educator, he worked with the bank where he assisted with consumer and mortgage lending.
Sharon Chappy, a professor and administrator at UW-Oshkosh, was appointed to the Lakeshore Technical College District Board. The board also selected its officers for the 2011-12 academic year. John Lukas was named board chair, Nancy Crowley was named vice chair and Cindy Huhn was tabbed as secretary/treasurer.
Kevin Graff, senior manager of loan review and member of the financial institutions practice of Wipfli LLP in Green Bay, earned the credit risk certified (CRC) designation through the Risk Management Association.
David Neuenfeldt, a physical therapist at the Neuroscience Group, received certification for clinical specialization in geriatrics from the American Physical Therapy Association.
David Wagner joined Wipfli LLP’s insurance practice. He brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role with the CPA and consulting firm.
Jason Ring is the new president of the Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau. Ring, a graduate of UW-Stout, has 13 years of experience in destination marketing, including the preparation of annual marketing plans and budgets, selling to the travel trade industry and selling and servicing groups/conventions.
Ken Derks joined RanderCom in Appleton as a senior technician. He has more than 24 years of experience and formerly worked with Brown County Communications and Bacher Communications.
Current, the young professionals network of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, added Dana VanDen Heuvel, president of the MarketingSavant Group, and Nicholas Natzke, a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Green Bay, to its steering committee.
Jeffrey H. Curler, chairman of the Bemis Co.’s board of directors since 2005, will retire at the end of the year. William J. Bolton was elected as the non-executive chairman of the board. He has been on the board of the Neenah-based packaging company since 2000.
The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce added Dana Jacobson as a graphic designer.
HiTech Control Systems Inc., which has facilities in Neenah and Green Bay, added Todd Van Groll as a systems consultant.
Nsight in Green Bay added John R. Galanti to its board of directors, replacing Lloyd Wielgus, who has been on the company’s board since 1956. Galanti has more than 30 years of experience in the technology arena and was an early pioneer in the wireless telecommunications industry.
Mary Starmann-Harrison, president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) in Springfield, Ill., was elected to the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees. Green Bay’s St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital are affiliates of HSHS.
The Weidert Group in Appleton added Sean Johnson as a public relations and social media specialist. Prior to joining the marketing firm, he worked as an adjunct professor at UW-Oshkosh and was a freelance writer for several publications, including Insight on Business.
William “Bill” Bowman, an investment advisor representative, and Kristie Hennes, client services manager, joined Duxstad Fletcher Wealth Planning in Oshkosh.
Steve Davis, Joy Crowe and Steve Herman joined the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.
Randall Smith is the new dean of business and information technology at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. He has been an NWTC instructor for the past eight years and was an associate dean for four years. Smith also has 34 years of technical experience in the automotive industry. He recently helped launch the college’s two new marine engineering tech programs.
Larry Romuald, vice president of finance for Cooperative Resources International in Shawano, was elected president of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives.
Tammy Wollersheim, a manager based inWipfli LLP’s office in Appleton, received her Certified in Risk and Information Systems Certification.
Hugh Ekberg was recently appointed Kohler Co.’s executive vice president of the Kitchen & Bath Americas division. He is responsible for the kitchen and bathing business teams, sales, fixtures engineering and Sterling brand business team.
Dawn Kunick is the new area team leader for the Ashwaubenon Goodwill Retail Store and Training Center.
SRC Technologies in Green Bay added Gary Mattson as director of sales and marketing. Prior to joining SRC, Mattson worked for 27 years with Hewlett Packard.