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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Celebrity chefs to headline Kohler fest
October 9, 2014 10:09 AM
As close to 8,000 people descend upon Kohler, Wis., later this month for the 14th annual Kohler Food and Wine Experience, they will have an opportunity to sample dishes and learn about pairings from top culinary experts and TV personalities like Graham Elliot, Christopher Kimball and Geoffrey Zakarian.
The annual event, presented by Kohler Co., transforms Kohler into what special events manager Tricia Rathermel describes as a “mecca” for food and wine.

This year’s festival, scheduled to run Oct. 23-26, will feature 25 respected chefs from across the country, including Elliot, Kimball and Zakarian as well as Justin Carlisle, chef and owner of Ardent in Milwaukee, and Bradford Shovlin, executive chef of The Iron Horse Hotel.

Additional celebrity chefs planning to make an appearance include Jack Bishop, editorial director of “America’s Test Kitchen” TV show, and Bridget Lancaster, executive food editor and a cast member of “America’s Test Kitchen.”

Chefs will interact directly with festival attendees as they lead cooking demonstrations and hand out samples of their masterpieces.

“We actually want you to taste and small and understand everything that’s going on,” Rathermel said.

The food and wine experience will also welcome about a dozen winemakers and winery owners, who will also be placed under the spotlight for demonstrations, seminars and tastings.

“It’s not very often that you actually get to meet the winemakers,” Rathermel said.

Beyond wine, the festival will showcase pairings with beer and whisky to accommodate attendees’ “eclectic” tastes, Rathermel said, while giving attendees a chance to experience pairings they may have never before encountered.

Cocktails will also be incorporated into the food and wine extravaganza as mixologists showcase drinks like “Death’s Door” and “Casamigos” during the first-of-its-kind “On the Rocks Late Night Party,” scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25. The event, which will cap Saturday’s festivities, will highlight small plate dishes prepared by Midwest chefs alongside the cocktails.

While Rathermel said the festival is one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest, with attendees coming from across the country, the small town feel of Kohler keeps it an intimate experience.

“You have more access to our celebrity talent because it’s a smaller, more intimate setting,” she said.

According to Rathermel, more than a third of festival events are sold out, but tickets are still available for select events and a lineup of complimentary events open to the public are also an option for attendees.

Ticket prices vary among events, beginning at $17.50. For more information on the food and wine experience’s schedule of events or to purchase tickets, visit

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Kapco president to keynote Concordia leadership series
October 9, 2014 10:12 AM
Jim Kacmarcik, president of Grafton-based Kapco, Inc., will serve as the keynote speaker of Concordia University Wisconsin’s fall leadership series.
The series, held twice a year, promotes ethical leadership principles while bringing together CUW’s campus community, area business executives and local community leaders.

During the fall event, scheduled for Oct. 23 from 7:30 to 9 a.m., Kacmarcik will focus on “The Value of Giving: A Net Worth Statement.”

The breakfast event will take place on CUW’s Mequon campus, located at 12800 N. Lake Shore Drive, in the Siebert Lutheran Dining Hall.

Event admission costs $25 for individuals. Corporate sponsorships are also available at $200 for a table of eight. Supporting sponsorship costs $1,000 for two tables of eight and inclusion of a company logo in program elements.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

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Park Bank appoints first chief information officer
October 9, 2014 10:14 AM
Milwaukee-based Park Bank has named Tahir Hassan chief information officer, a newly created position in which Hassan will guide the bank’s information technology vision and strategy as well as enhance service experience for bank customers through technology.
Hassan’s career in information technology has included senior-level IT leadership positions at Actuant Corporation and Webster Financial Corporation, which is the parent company of HSA Bank. Hassan has also worked for Fiserv.

The new position reflects the bank’s “commitment to technological innovation and efficiencies both internally and externally,” said bank president Dave Werner.

“We’re approaching 100 years as a local commercial bank and are excited about the expertise and resources Tahir brings to the bank,” Werner said.

“Tahir is clearly aligned with our relationship philosophy and desire to deliver exceptional service and products when, where and how our business and individual customers want them,” he said.

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Bucks name new president
October 9, 2014 10:18 AM
The Milwaukee Bucks have announced the hiring of Peter Feigin as the team’s new president.
Feigin brings decades of sports, corporate management and marketing experience to the Bucks organization. As president, Feigin will spearhead the growth of the Bucks’ business operations and lead the organization’s executive team.

Since purchasing the team in May, new owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry have reshaped the Bucks’ front offices. The new owners are confident Feigin’s leadership and valuable management skills will aid the team’s efforts in securing additional sponsorships, creating new community partnerships, growing its vibrant workforce and building a first-rate multi-purpose facility for the city of Milwaukee.

Feigin comes to the Bucks with a depth of experience in both in the NBA and the corporate world. As the chief marketing and revenue officer of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, he managed global business units and handled branding across the international entertainment company. Prior to working at Deluxe, Feigin was president and COO of Marquis Jet Partners and helped lead its acquisition by NetJets. From 1998 to 2004, he worked for the New York Knicks and rose to become vice president of marketing – increasing profits, season subscriptions and suite revenue during his tenure. Additionally, Feigin has served as a senior advisor to the Milwaukee Bucks since the ownership change, helping reorganize and refocus its business operations. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College and completed the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ Financial Executive Program.

“I’ve known Peter for many years and can’t think of a more capable person to drive growth for the Bucks organization,” Lasry said. “Peter’s been an invaluable advisor and will be a terrific leader for a talented group of people working to build a world-class franchise. He brings a tremendous amount of NBA expertise and management experience to Milwaukee.”

In addition to Feigin, the Bucks are announcing Kelly Kauffman as vice president, head of human resources/human capital management. Kauffman has more than 20 years of experience in human resources and will work with Feigin to develop a workforce that embodies industry best practices in all respects. She was most recently the human resources director for Milwaukee-based Badger Meter Inc. She is also a graduate of Marquette University.

Other recent additions to the executive team include Patrick McDonough, chief financial officer, and Bob Cook, vice president of business affairs. John Steinmiller, a 45-year veteran of the Bucks organization, was named executive vice president for community affairs and social responsibility. Alex Lasry, a former White House official, Goldman Sachs analyst and son of co-owner Marc Lasry, recently joined the team as vice president of strategy and operations. The Bucks have also increased the sales staff considerably over the past few months and plan to expand its offices and bring on additional hires.

“We’re very enthusiastic about the talented and experienced individuals we’ve assembled to lead the Bucks into this exciting new era,” Edens said. “Peter is the perfect person to lead this team as he shares our vision for growth and long-term success of the organization, and Kelly is perfectly suited to develop and sustain a dynamic workplace that will rank among the best in the state. We can’t wait to work closely with Peter and our exceptional staff to turn the Bucks franchise into one of the best in the NBA.”

“I’m thrilled to join the Milwaukee Bucks organization during this incredibly exciting time for the team on and off the court,” Feigin said. “From a new and modern arena in the heart of the city to a renewed emphasis on building deeper ties in the community, Wes, Marc and the entire team they’ve assembled are building something very special in Milwaukee. I’m going to work hard to ensure their collective vision is realized.”

“In the 15 years that I’ve known Peter, I’ve worked with him in many capacities and have experienced his tremendous leadership skills firsthand,” said Barry Alvarez, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s director of athletics. “More than that, he’s become a terrific friend, and I have a deep respect for him and his family. I believe the Bucks have picked the perfect person to lead their organization, and I know he will be a tremendous addition to the entire Wisconsin sports family.”

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Lubars donate $3 million to UW Law School
October 9, 2014 10:20 AM
Milwaukee business executive Sheldon B. Lubar and his wife, Marianne Lubar, have donated $3 million to the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Lubar, a 1951 UW undergraduate and 1953 UW Law School graduate, is the founder and chairman of Milwaukee-based private investment and capital management firm Lubar & Co.

The gift will be used to endow a faculty post that would diversify research and support extraordinary legal scholarship, the school said.

The Sheldon B. Lubar Distinguished Research Chair in Law will be a competitive endowment awarded annually to a faculty member that has advanced research in any area of law. This is different from the traditional law school faculty chair, which is long-term for one faculty member in one area of law.

“We hope this gift will ignite creative thinking, build a volume of legal research and put a UW-Madison brand on a wide range of scholarship that will benefit society and the practice and study of law,” Sheldon Lubar said.

“The Lubars’ vision and innovative spirit has provided the UW Law School a means to enrich scholarship that will have a meaningful impact in multiple areas of law,” said dean Margaret Raymond. “It’s an exciting concept that will set the school apart. The Lubars deserve our thanks.”

“We are grateful to have friends like the Lubars, who want to support a broad range of scholarship,” said Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “This is an innovative gift that will strengthen the Law School and enhance its attractiveness to top faculty.”

The Lubars also endowed the UW-Milwaukee Lubar School of Business and the UW-Madison Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions.

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Young professional women's group formed
October 9, 2014 10:23 AM
A new professional group, Momentum Milwaukee, has been formed for women in the first half of their careers.
The group caters to women in professional sales and roles involving direct client relationship building, including banking, financial services, law, accounting and community outreach. It aims to provide support and collaboration for young female professionals in the area.

Momentum meets every other month for networking events that allow members to share challenges, concerns, accomplishments and opportunities with each other.

The board of directors includes: Sasha Korobova, Wells Fargo Bank; Lindsay Roggenbuck, Vrakas/Blum; Jess Albrecht, Wells Fargo Advisors LLC; Meghan Shannon, Reinhart Law; and Jill Boyle, Schenck S.C.

There is an application process to join the group, and there is currently no membership fee. For more information, visit the group’s LinkedIn page or email

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WEDC to host free Small Business Academy
October 9, 2014 10:25 AM
Wisconsin entrepreneurs looking to jumpstart their businesses are invited to take part at the first-ever Small Business Academy, which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Potawatomi Hotel & Conference Center in Milwaukee.
The half-day academy will provide entrepreneurs and start-up businesses the opportunity to connect with financial and technical resource providers, learn the tools needed to start and grow their businesses and network with other businesses. The free event, presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, is being held in conjunction with Marketplace 2014, the Governor’s Conference on minority, women and veteran business development.

“For over 30 years, Marketplace has provided small businesses with the tools and contacts they need to do business with state, federal and local agencies. We see the Small Business Academy as a logical extension of those efforts,” said Reed Hall, secretary and chief executive officer of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development agency.

Among the highlights of the academy:

* Joe Pieper, a commercial lender from Associated Bank, will discuss how businesses can obtain bank financing.
* Waukesha County Technical College will lead a discussion on how businesses can find financial and technical assistance.
* Marianne Szymanski, former adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Marquette University and the University of Southern California.
* A panel of Milwaukee entrepreneurs will share their experiences in overcoming the challenges of starting and growing a business.

The Small Business Academy is free and open to anyone, but advance registration is required. For more information and to register visit

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Saz's to move HQ and catering operations to Walker's Point
October 9, 2014 10:27 AM
Saz's Hospitality Group plans to move its corporate headquarters offices, its catering operations, and its warehouse functions from the west side of Milwaukee to the city's Walker's Point neighborhood.
However, the iconic Saz’s restaurant will remain at 5539 W. State St.

In addition to the restaurant, the company owns a 9,000-square-foot building next door for its catering operations and leases a 4,000-square-foot building across the street for its corporate offices. The company needs more room and will move its catering operations, storage functions and corporate offices to a 30,000-square-foot building in Walker’s Point.

Saz’s plans to purchase the former Federal Manufacturing Co. building at 201 W. Walker St. in Walker’s Point. Federal Manufacturing Co. moved earlier this year to a new 78,000-square-foot facility in Pewaukee.

The growth of the company’s catering business necessitated the move to a larger space, said Saz’s chief financial officer Curt Kluth.

“We’re doing more and more events,” he said. “We’ve been looking at buildings for a few years. This is the best we’ve found. We’re really excited about it.”

The company will have about 50 full-time employees at the Walker’s Point facility, Kluth said, and plans to move in around April 1.

Saz’s is seeking a $1,084,000 loan from the Milwaukee Economic Development to help it purchase and renovate the Walker’s Point building. Bank Mutual is providing the primary financing for the $2.75 million purchase and renovation cost.

The building will provide space for inventory storage, festival and catering equipment storage and will allow for better sales exposure with potential retail offerings and better tasting rooms to help sell catering services for events, according to the company’s MEDC submission.

The facility will have a kitchen where all of the company’s catered food is prepared, including the food that it serves at Summerfest and the Wisconsin State Fair, Kluth said.

“When it became apparent that we had outgrown our current facilities we began an extensive search for the right size space and location,” Steve Sazama, founder and owner of Saz’s, said in a news release. “We wanted to stay in the City of Milwaukee because for us, that’s home.”

The development team for the Saz’s project in Walker’s Point includes Dan Katt of Craft Development, HGA Architects, Berghammer Construction and The Sigma Group.

Saz’s will be the latest of several food and beverage related businesses that have located in Walker’s Point in recent years, including Clock Shadow Creamery, Purple Door Ice Cream, Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., Milwaukee Brewing Co. and Central Standard Craft Distillery.

In recent years, Walker’s Point has also become a hot spot for new restaurants in Milwaukee.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
October 9, 2014 10:29 AM

“Not only did the U.S. Supreme Court affirm the right of all of Wisconsin's citizens to marry who they love, the court also paved the way to help strengthen our state's economy.
“At the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, we are incredibly excited about the economic impact that this decision will have for our members and for our state economy as a whole.”
~Jason Rae is executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Read Tuesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Rae: Supreme Court decision is good for businesses.

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Hot Bubbler Books
October 9, 2014 10:31 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:
1. “Zero to One,” by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
2. “Education of a Value Investor,” by Guy Spier
3. “Innovating Women,” by Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya
4. “Small Business Online Marketing Handbook,” by Annie Tsai
5. “Smartcuts,” by Shane Snow

Courtesy of 800 CEO Read.

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Bubbler Calendar
October 9, 2014 10:33 AM

*Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Elements Massage Wellness Expo will be held at Cardinal Stritch University from 5 to 8 p.m. The expo, free and open to the public, will feature several health and wellness exhibitors focused on financial wellness, physical fitness, senior services, health care, nutrition, alternative health care, natural products, fitness gear and more. Attendees will also be able to network, receive a chair massage from Elements Massage, gain access to savings and deals from vendors, and participate in a raffle. Cardinal Stritch University is located at 6801 N. Yates Road in Fox Point. For more information on expo vendors or to register for the event, click here.

*Friday, Oct. 17, BizTimes Media’s 2014 Get Smarter Conference will feature an all-star panel of executive presenters who will offer young professionals advice on ways to advance their careers. The talent development conference, themed “The Transfer of Knowledge and Power to the Next Generation,” will help millennial workers understand how to become more in demand for employers. Executive panelists will share 50 ideas related to professional development, followed by a second panel of “rising stars,” who will highlight additional best practices for career advancement. The breakfast event will run from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, 1721 W. Canal St. in Milwaukee. Cost is $40 for individuals and $320 for a corporate table of eight. For more information or to register, visit

*Wednesday, Oct. 22, the Milwaukee Press Club will present a Newsmaker Luncheon themed “Pundits and Pollsters” and focused on the state’s Nov. 4 election. During the luncheon, a panel of area journalists along with Marquette University Law School poll director Charles Franklin will discuss the gubernatorial race between Gov. Scott Walker and candidate Mary Burke and the attorney general race between Susan Happ and Brad Schimmel, among other races. Panelists will highlight factors that will influence the election results, the impact of Wisconsin’s new Voter I.D. law, specific strengths and weaknesses of candidates and more. The event, open to the public, will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newsroom Pub, 137 E. Wells St. in downtown Milwaukee. Cost is $18 for press club members, $23 for non-members, and $13 for students. The event includes lunch. Seating is limited, and advanced registration and payment are required. For more information or to register, visit

*Thursday, Oct. 23, HNI will present a free webinar titled “Benefits Communication Bootcamp: How to Engage and Inspire Your Employees This Year at Open Enrollment.” The webinar will help employers learn how to improve their benefits communication to staff members and drive more engagement around benefits. The webinar, designed for CEOs, CFOs, and HR and benefits professionals, will also key employers in on how to develop an effective, year-round communication strategy. The presentation, led by Matt Bucher and Andrea Tarrell of HNI, will run from 10 to 11 a.m. For more information or to register, click here.

*Thursday, Oct. 23, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce will host a Business After Hours at Rail Hall. During the event, attendees will have a chance to get to know peer leaders and employees from the region’s business community. The event will run from 4 to 7 p.m. at Walker Point’s Rail Hall, located at 131 W. Seeboth St. in Milwaukee. Cost is $10 for MMAC members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit

*Thursday, Oct. 23, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will present a Business After 5 networking event. The event will be held at First Bank Financial Centre, located at 12600 W. North Ave. in Brookfield, from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for members who pre-register or $15 at the door. Cost is $15 for first time guests 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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