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Thursday, April 3, 2014
Tozer to head new soccer academy
April 3, 2014 10:00 AM
Following his departure from the Milwaukee Wave after a 21 year-run as head coach, Keith Tozer has announced plans to start his own soccer academy in June.
The K. Tozer Soccer Academy will encompass soccer leagues, camps and training throughout the summer at locales in southeastern Wisconsin.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to bring my extensive experience as a player and coach to the community that has been such a huge part of my success,” said Tozer, who is also the current U.S. Futsal National Team head coach and owner of a motivational company called Teamwork Concepts. “I look forward to working one on one with passionate young athletes as I transition to the next phase of my career.”

Tozer’s academy, which will be sponsored by Delafield-based Legends of the Field, will serve youth ages 4-15 with tournaments, leagues, team training, goal-keeping camps, personal training, coaching education and more. The league will be open to kids of all skill levels, according to Tozer.

The Milwaukee Wave on Friday announced that it would be parting ways with Tozer under a restructuring plan. According to the indoor soccer team, the split was an amicable one. The Wave is currently looking for a new league to join as its former league, the Major Indoor Soccer League, faces resignations from several teams.

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Marquette professor to research virtue with $2.6 million grant
April 3, 2014 11:00 AM
A Marquette University professor has received a $2.6 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to conduct interdisciplinary research on virtue, character and morality, the university announced on Thursday.
The three-year grant was awarded to Dr. Nancy Snow, professor of philosophy in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, who is at the head of a research initiative known as “The Self, Motivation, and Virtue.” Snow is collaborating with Dr. Darcia Narvaez, professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, on the initiative, which also includes the development of 10 new research projects, an interdisciplinary forum, interdisciplinary conferences featuring international scholars, a project website and multiple book projects.

“Many approaches to the study of character and virtue consider personality to be foundational to character and virtue,” Snow said. “Our project hypothesizes that the self is the site of virtue. Key to this examination will be an important collaboration among scientists, humanists, theologians, psychologists and philosophers.”

The focus of the project will largely center on how individuals develop virtue and how that virtue “is translated into practical efforts such as education.”

“We will also look at the development of virtue in the emerging person – what happens as we grow up and develop into people,” Snow said. “We want to take a deeper dive into whether the development of virtue involves memories, genetics, etc. In this way we can develop a more comprehensive picture of how key periods in our lives – adolescence, retirement, physical decline, traumatic incidents – play a role.”

Snow ultimately aims to “generate an appreciate of what virtue is, the importance of motivation to virtue and how virtue can be cultivated,” she said.

Snow and Narvaez plan to launch the project on Sept. 1.

The Templeton Religion Trust supports “discoveries relating to the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality,” according to Marquette.

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Ernst & Young honors teen entrepreneur
April 3, 2014 11:00 AM
After launching his own landscaping business and growing his client base from one client to more than seven, Carter Drake, a junior at Fort Atkinson High School, has been selected to receive the 2014 Young Entrepreneur Award.
The annual award honors up-and-coming Wisconsin entrepreneurs "who are building and leading dynamic and growing businesses," according to Ernst & Young, which presents the award with support from Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and the Department of Public Instruction.

Drake began landscaping for one client in 2012 and the following year had his business, Dreamscape Landscaping, up and running.

"As my business grew, my services did as well," Drake said in the video application he submitted for the award. "I began to offer thatching, edging and landscape projects involving retaining wall rock as well as use of large equipment for hauling landscape rock."

Currently, Drake offers year-round landscaping services, from mowing grass to snow removal. His inspiration to start Dreamscape Landscaping stemmed from time spent working in the yard with his father.

In the coming spring, Drake said he plans to expand his client base with new advertising strategies. He will also grow his line of services with investments in additional equipment to continue developing as an entrepreneur.

"The best part about owning my own business is that I'm learning valuable life skills that give me an upper hand in future job opportunities or future career areas," Drake said.

As the recipient of the Young Entrepreneur Award, Drake will be honored at the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame during an April 10 ceremony at the Pfister Hotel.

"Along with Ernst & Young and DPI, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is thrilled to honor Carter Drake as this year's Young Entrepreneur of the Year," said Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. "Carter not only represents excellence in entrepreneurship, but he is (also) a role model to all young people looking to start their own business."

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BizTimes announces Bravo! winners
April 3, 2014 11:00 AM
BizTimes Media has announced the recipients of its 2014 Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards.
The awards honor business leaders who best exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit with bold leadership and innovation.

This year's Bravo! Entrepreneurs are:

* Erik Buell, founder and CEO of Erik Buell Racing LLC (EBR), an East Troy designer and manufacturer of sport motorcycles.
* Robert Cowen, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Badger Alloys, a New Berlin-based sand foundry.
* Mike Harris, president and CEO of Patina Solutions, a Brookfield-based business services provider.
* Bill King, president of King Innovative, a Waukesha-based technology and software company.
* Mike Litman, co-founder of Out Of the Box Technology Apps, a Mequon-based mobile application developer.
* Frederick Luber, chairman and owner of Super Steel LLC, a Milwaukee-based manufacturing, engineering, fabrication, assembly and painting company.
* Gale Pence, CEO and founder of Global Precision Industries Inc., a Germantown-based provider of engineered project management, logistics and production expertise.
* Gary Swick, president of Swick Technologies LLC, a New Berlin-based technology services training company.
* Jeff Tredo, principal of Korb Tredo Architects, a Milwaukee-based architectural firm.

The awards will be presented to the winners during the Bravo! Entrepreneur and I.Q. Awards luncheon at the BizExpo on Wednesday, May 21, at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee. The public is invited to attend the luncheon and the BizExpo.

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Prasad is new president of Milsco
April 3, 2014 11:00 AM
Jason Inc., the Milwaukee-based parent company to a global family of manufacturing companies in the seating, finishing, components and automotive acoustics markets, announced the selection of Srivas Prasad as president of Milsco, a leader in the manufacture of innovative seating solutions for the powersports, turfcare and heavy equipment markets.
Prasad succeeds Sean Cummings, who left the post he held for five years to pursue other opportunities. Prasad is not a new face to Milsco. He most recently served vice president of business development at Jason.

“It’s an honor to take the helm at Milsco and join the exceptional team in place here,” Prasad said. “My work with the company has offered me a solid understanding of where we’ve been and a clear vision of where we need to go. I’m excited for the weeks and months ahead as we work to further establish Milsco as a premier global brand that drives value for customers and shareholders alike.”

“Srivas has continuously proven that he has the right mix of talent, knowledge and instinct needed to lead a business unit and, therefore, was the obvious choice to assume the role of president at Milsco,” said David Westgate, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Jason. “While the bar for growth and performance has been set high, I’m confident that Srivas’ leadership together with the excellent management team at Milsco will prove to be a winning combination.”

Jason employs more than 4,000 people in 15 countries.

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Women-owned business growth lags in Wisconsin
April 3, 2014 11:00 AM
While the number of women-owned businesses has grown by 68 percent nationally since 1997, Wisconsin has lagged behind with just 36.6 percent growth, according to the recent American Express OPEN State the of Women-Owned Businesses Report.
The slower growth has ranked the state 40th when compared to other U.S. states. Growth of firm revenue is also behind, at 47.7 percent, in 43rd place.

Wisconsin had 89,284 women-owned firms in 1997, employing 146,450 people and totaling sales of more than $15 million. Today, there are 122,000 women-owned firms, employing 155,500 people and reporting total sales of more than $23 million.

Among the states with the lowest combined economic clout for women-owned firms—the average of rankings in growth in number, revenues and employment among women-owned businesses from 1997 to 2014—Wisconsin is tied with Kentucky at 46.

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Milwaukee Biz Blog: Bo Ryan provides lessons in leadership
April 3, 2014 11:00 AM
Kay Plantes is not a sports fan.
So, why was this otherwise buttoned up intellectual screaming (and at times uncharacteristically swearing) while watching the University of Wisconsin Badgers win Saturday’s battle against Arizona? Because she loves Coach Bo Ryan’s leadership skills.

Read more in Tuesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
April 3, 2014 11:00 AM

"More women in leadership positions can only help to enhance our region. It can only help to bring more leaders into our area, to keep people here. The more we can do to have a voice in our community, the more successful the community will be."
~Peggy Williams-Smith, president of Tempo Milwaukee
Read the entire BizTimes Milwaukee cover story by Erica Breunlin: Generational turning point for women to GET ON BOARD.

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BizTimes Bubbler Executive of the Week: Thomas S. Reynolds II
April 3, 2014 11:00 AM

Thomas S. Reynolds II, managing partner of Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger LLC
Address: 316 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 200, Milwaukee
Industry: Law
Employees: 19
Family: Daughter, Grace, 12 years old

What was the smartest thing your company did in the past year?
"We expanded. While there was a certain amount of apprehension, we decided there was nothing to indicate that our early success would not continue. So we banked on that and significantly increased our numbers to address the additional work we anticipated we would get. The calculation paid off for the firm and its employees as everyone has had plenty of rewarding work to fill their plates. We are proud of that because we have provided many high-paying new jobs to lawyers and staff over the past year."

Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?
"Yes, we plan to invest in our new Chicago office and add staff in Milwaukee and Chicago. We also plan on opening a Madison office in approximately the next year. We have become more and more confident over the years that the unique approach to legal services we offer will remain in high demand, allowing us continued success and growth."

What will be your company's main challenges in the next year?
"Continuing to bring in top-notch legal work in the face of a still-struggling legal economy. I always say that the biggest challenge of a litigation-only law firm is that you constantly have to generate new clients/new work. Even if you do a fantastic job for your litigation client, they often don't want to see you again because companies generally don't relish being involved in litigation. Other practice areas don't have that same challenge. In addition, the legal economy, like the broader economy, is still suffering some difficulties. So to maintain growth and success in the face of such an economy is particularly challenging."

What prompted you and your co-founders to launch a boutique law firm after working for larger legal firms?
"We all believed high-end litigation services could be delivered from a different platform with a different fee structure. While a lot of the work we do is done on the traditional billable hour, we still share risk with our clients in a significant number of our matters. In addition to alternative fee structures, HRDC differentiates itself from the larger law firms in the service we provide and the way we are internally organized."

When did you open your office in Chicago? Why expand to that market?
"We opened our Chicago office in February of this year. Nearly 15 percent of the firm's work is for Chicagoland clients, with expectations that it will grow to 25 to 35 percent in the next few years."

Do you have a business mantra?
"Complex litigation, simple solution: HRDC."

What was the best advice you ever received?
"Your legal career is a marathon, not a sprint."

What's the funniest thing that ever happened to you in your career?
"I conducted a weight-loss challenge between two friends/colleagues who weighed exactly the same amount and decided on exactly the same day to lose the same amount of weight but using two different strategies. They both met their goals, and the office enjoyed a highly entertaining and heavily participated-in pari-mutuel office pool."

What do you like to do in your free time?
"I like lots of things. Among other things, I like to travel with my daughter. I like dining out with friends. I like golf, sailing, skiing, and other outdoor activities. I like studying architecture. I like listening to sports radio."

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Hot Bubbler Books
April 3, 2014 11:00 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:
1. “Forty Chances,” by Howard Buffett
2. “Promise of a Pencil,” by Adam Braun
3. “Hard Thing about Hard Things,” by Ben Horowitz
4. “Transforming Pain to Power,” by Daniel Beaty
5. “Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!” by Lori Greiner

Courtesy of 800 CEO Read.

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Bubbler Calendar
April 3, 2014 11:00 AM

*Monday, April 7, the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation will hold a class on “Your Spends, Your Savings, Your Future.” The free class will teach attendees how to create a saving and spending plan and put that plan into action. The class will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at WWBIC Milwaukee, located at 2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. For more information or to register, visit

*Tuesday, April 8, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce will celebrate “Madison Night in Milwaukee.” The annual reception salutes the contributions of greater Milwaukee to the economic vitality of Wisconsin. The reception also provides attendees a chance to thank legislators and their staffs for their support of the region’s business community. The event is open to the public and typically attracts more than 300 individuals. This year’s event will be held at Discovery World At Pier Wisconsin, located at 500 N. Harbor Dr. in Milwaukee, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost to attend is $10. For more information or to register, visit

*Wednesday, April 9, the Milwaukee Press Club will host a Newsmaker Luncheon featuring Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, one of three Democratic candidates in the race to be Wisconsin’s next general attorney. A panel of local journalists will interview Ozanne, who is a prosecutor with 13 years of experience. Ozanne will be the third attorney general candidate to speak at a Newsmaker Luncheon. The luncheon is open to the public and will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newsroom Pub, located at 137 E. Wells St. in downtown Milwaukee. Cost to attend is $18 for press club members, $23 for non-members and $13 for students. Seating is limited, and advanced payment and registration are required. For more information or to register, visit

*Wednesday, April 9, the Waukesha County Business Alliance will hold a young professionals networking session titled “Networking with an Executive.” Featured executive Jim Lindenberg, president of Lindy Enterprises and owner of Legends of the Field, will be onsite for young professionals to meet and get to know. The event will be held at the Majestic Cinema of Brookfield, located at 770 Springdale Rd. in Brookfield, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $20 for alliance members and $40 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit

*Thursday, April 10, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will present “Business After 5,” a networking event for area business owners and their staff members. The event is schedule to run from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stan’s Fit For Your Feet, located at 17155 W. Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield. Cost for chamber members is $10 with pre-registration and $15 at the door. Cost for first-time attendees is $15 and $40 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit

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Bubbler Networking Resources

» African American Chamber of Commerce Milwaukee
» American Marketing Association-Milwaukee Chapter
» Association of Management Professionals LLC
» Business Marketing Association-Milwaukee
» Conservative Young Professionals of Milwaukee
» Creative Alliance of Greater Milwaukee
» Executive Women International-Milwaukee Chapter
» Executive Women's Golf Association-Milwaukee Chapter
» FUEL Milwaukee
» Grandville-Brown Deer Chamber of Commerce
» Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce
» Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce
» Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)
» National Association of Women Business Owners
» Professional Dimensions
» Public Relations Society of America - Wisconsin Chapter,
» South Suburban Chamber of Commerce
» Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce
» Summit Young Professionals
» Tempo Waukesha
» Tempo Milwaukee » Tempo Washington County
» The Gateway to Milwaukee
» Waukesha County Business Alliance
» West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce
» Wisconsin Better Business Bureau
» Women's FOCUS
» Young Professionals of Waukesha County
» YP Impact

Erica Breunlin BizTimes Bubbler Weekly is compiled by BizTimes Milwaukee reporter Erica Breunlin. This bulletin is published every Thursday morning. Send news tips to or call her at (414) 336-7121.
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