We hope you enjoyed John Sweeney’s presentation linking improv to innovation. Remember to develop your mindset by practice the behaviors that can make you successful. That may mean making yourself comfortable being uncomfortable. Remember, the uncomfortable can lead to good things.
Congratulations again to our THINC! Innovation Award winners! We had so many great nominations that it was hard for our judges to narrow the field and select winners. The spirit of innovation is clearly alive and thriving in Northeast Wisconsin.
The Innovation Award winners for 2017:
A strategic provider of custom solutions for executives and the teams they lead, the company was established five years ago in the Fox Valley by Principals Gail Wise and Tom Wiltzius, who developed their trademarked envision360 leadership development tool, the first of its kind to offer assessments that lead directly to a customized leadership development plan for each user. Clients include Bellin Health, Jewelers Mutual, Miller Electric and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
A Software as a Service organization in the transportation logistics industry based in Green Bay, MatchBack Systems has developed a more efficient way to ensure that shipping containers are filled both outbound and inbound from shipping ports. The company uses technology to automate and provide transparency to all stakeholders to reduce port-related congestion, improve efficiency and reduce costs.
GNC is a leading developer and manufacturer of creative solutions for packaging, shipping, merchandising and distributing products for industrial, commercial and retail markets. Based in Appleton, it employs 1,200 people in five states. In 2015, it launched a five-year growth plan called Vision 2020, which calls for all business units to develop innovative products and processes for customers as a way to do what others “can’t or won’t” do. GNC has experienced double-digit growth in the last decade, with $450 million in sales in 2016.
Reynolds Presto designed and patented a child-resistant package closure system to protect small children from accidental contact with dangerous chemicals. Trademarked Child-Guard, it was launched in 2016 on big-name laundry detergent pods. With an R&D team in Appleton and most of its manufacturing in the New North region, Presto Specialty ships its products worldwide.
A state-licensed outpatient mental health and AODA clinic based in Menasha, Samaritan Counseling developed its Connected Community Wellness Screen in 2012 in response to a high rate of teen suicides and suicide attempts in the Heart of the Valley. It brings mental health check-ups to kids at their schools and connects them with the care they need. The program has identified 1,190 youth with symptoms associated with suicide risk, referred 924 for evaluation and connected 429 with care.
The 30 companies nominated for Insight Innovation Awards in 2017: Acuity, Advantage Machine LLC, Amerequip, Appleton Group LLC, Billy-Ray Home Mobility LLC, Carnivore Meat Company, CatholicLink, Consolidated Construction Company Inc., energybank, enVision Performance Solutions, Evergreen Credit Union, Forsite Benefits, Foth, Great Northern Corporation, ITP-Information Technology Professionals, KerberRose, S.C., MatchBack Systems, McMAHON Associates, Inc., Mission Move, Navitus Health Solutions, Orion Energy Systems, Paper Transport Inc., Performa Inc., Reynolds Packaging LLC, Reynolds Presto Products-Specialty Division, Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley, Sargento Foods Inc., Shea Electric and Communications LLC, TORCHGRIP and The Utech Group. read more about all the nominees here.
For videos and listings of previous Insight Innovation Award Winners, click here.