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Thursday, March 26, 2015
New documentary on Milwaukee’s love of water to debut in April
March 26, 2015 11:10 AM
A new documentary zeroing in on Milwaukee’s obsession with water will make its debut during an April 7 preview screening at Discovery World.

The one-hour documentary, titled “Milwaukee: A City Built on Water,” was created by historian John Gurda and produced by the team behind the Emmy Award-winning series, “The Making of Milwaukee.” Gurda’s new documentary details the story of the city’s relationship with water and its reliance on the resource for drinking and manufacturing, among other needs.

The special preview screening, presented by Milwaukee Public Television, is free and open to the public with limited seating available.

Doors for the event will open at 5:30 p.m. with the screening scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Discovery World is located at 500 N. Harbor Drive in Milwaukee.

“Milwaukee: A City Built on Water” will debut to a larger audience during an April 22 broadcast at 8 p.m. on Channel 10. It will also air on April 23 at 9 p.m. on Channel 36.

For more information on the documentary, visit

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‘Transportation Circus’ to explore alternative transportation means
March 26, 2015 11:13 AM
A band of businesses, nonprofits and governments entities will put a new spin on the dialogue behind the future of transportation in Milwaukee with a “Transportation Circus” to be held Tuesday, March 31.

The event, free and open to the public, is being presented by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee at its Walker’s Point location, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave. During the event, attendees will be able to explore alternative transportation outlets that have potential in Milwaukee.

Grounding the event will be a “Transportation Fair” with tours of a new Milwaukee County Transit System, bike maintenance demonstrations performed by Wheel & Sprocket, test rides of Coast In Bike’s family-friendly cargo bikes, and more.

The event will also feature transportation pitches from Bublr Bikes, Milwaukee County Parks, The Milwaukee Streetcar, Uber and Wisconsin Bike Fed.

Attendees will also be able to get insight from a Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver as well as hear from individuals who have experimented with bikes, buses and walking routes for their commutes.

Additionally, the circus will offer an exclusive screening of a bike-to-work video created by Radio Milwaukee DJ Marcus Doucette.

While 88Nine Radio Milwaukee is the lead presenter of the circus, event partners include Black Girls Do Bike, Bublr Bikes, Fyxation, Milwaukee Brewing Co., Milwaukee County Parks, Milwaukee County Transit System, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, The Bella Donnas, The Milwaukee Streetcar, Uber, Urban Ecology Center, Wheel & Sprocket, and Wisconsin Bike Fed.

The Transportation Circus, which will also offer attendees free beer from Milwaukee Brewing Co. and a chance to take home a new bike from Wheel & Sprocket, will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees do not need to register. More information can be found at

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BizTimes editors to receive awards for excellence in journalism
March 26, 2015 11:16 AM
BizTimes Media executive editor Steve Jagler and managing editor Andrew Weiland will receive Milwaukee Press Club Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism.

The club announced the recipients of the annual awards on Wednesday.

Jagler will receive an award for best editorial column. His column on current events appears in each edition of BizTimes Milwaukee magazine.

Weiland will receive an award for best editorial beat coverage. Weiland covers the real estate beat for BizTimes.

This year’s contest garnered more than 500 entries from throughout Wisconsin in professional and collegiate divisions.

The awards will be presented at the 85th annual Milwaukee Press Club Gridiron Awards Dinner, which will take place Friday, May 15, at the Intercontinental Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

The Gridiron Dinner also will include the presentation of the Milwaukee Press Club's Sacred Cat Award, recognizing professional achievements on the national level. This year’s Sacred Cat recipient will be former ABC News White House correspondent and Hall of Fame journalist Ann Compton. Compton had a unique perch from which to watch history unfold. As ABC News White House correspondent, she covered administrations, campaigns, turmoil and the ebb/flow of America's political leanings from the end of Watergate to the events that led to the rise of ISIS. She was the first woman to cover the Oval Office for a network on a full-time basis.

In addition, the Gridiron Dinner will feature the presentation of the club’s annual Headliner Awards to Ricardo Diaz and Linda Mellowes. Diaz is executive director of the United Community Center and. Diaz is a committed advocate for education and the Latino community. Mellowes is a community volunteer and fundraiser. The Headliner Awards are presented annually to people who are making a positive difference in Wisconsin.

The public is invited to attend the Gridiron Awards Dinner. For additional information or to register to attend, visit

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New Jesuit president to take over Marquette High in 2016
March 26, 2015 11:19 AM
Rev. Michael Marco, S.J., has been named the 11th president of Marquette University High School, following unanimous approval from the Marquette University High School board of directors and the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus.

Marco, whose appointment is effective July 1, 2016, will take over for Rev. Warren Sazama, S.J., who plans to wrap up his tenure on June 30, 2016 after nine years as Marquette High’s president. Marco will serve the school as president-elect during the 2015-16 school year.

The Ad Hoc President Transition Committee pinpointed the “best candidate” for its next president, Bruce Arnold, the school’s board chair, said in a press release.

“It was not only our hope to find the most qualified person to be our next president, but also to continue our 158-year tradition of having the school’s top leadership position be held by a Jesuit priest,” Arnold said. “We are thrilled to have both.”

Marco has more than 20 years of experience in Jesuit secondary education, and his career includes 10 years of serving as president of two other Jesuit high schools. He has worked as special assistant to the president at Marquette High since 2013, and prior to that role, was president of Georgetown Preparatory School in Maryland for about three years. Marco previously served as president of Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio for about seven years and, before that leadership position, taught theology at Creighton Preparatory High School in Nebraska. Marco also served as department chair, director of campus ministry and assistant to the president at Creighton High, where he spent a total of about six years.

During the early days of his career, Marco taught psychology and theology at Marquette High as well as coached baseball for the school.

He completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Creighton University and earned a teacher certification from Marquette University. He also completed a master’s degree in religious education at Boston College, a master of divinity degree at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and studied philosophy at Saint Louis University as he prepared to be ordained.

“These are exciting times at Marquette University High School, and I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead a high school with such a rich Jesuit history and strong Catholic tradition,” Marco said. “Father Sazama is leaving Marquette High in a very strong position, and I am confident that along with the entire Marquette High community we will continue to be an institution that honors faith, scholarship and community in all that we do.”

Sazama, who graduated from Marquette High in 1964, has been part of the school’s staff for more than 25 years. As Sazama approaches age 70, the Wisconsin Province will give him a new assignment.

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Summerfest announces more than 90 acts
March 26, 2015 11:21 AM
Bastille, Third Eye Blind and “Weird Al” Yankovic are among more than 90 newly announced acts scheduled to perform at Summerfest.

Officials from Milwaukee World Festival, Inc., the lead organizer of the internationally-known music festival, released the names of dozens of grounds stage headliners on Tuesday.

In addition to Bastille, Third Eye Blind and Yankovic, 2015 performers are: Kaskade; Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros; Aloe Blacc; Halestorm; Blind Boys of Alabama; Motion City Soundtrack; Mavis Staples; Brand New; Delta Spirit; Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; The New Pornographers; Punch Brothers; Sheila E.; New Politics; Kansas; Manchester Orchestra; Dark Star Orchestra; Meg Myers; Tommy Castro; J. Roddy Walston & The Business; Mother; Big Smo; MisterWives; LeCrae; Buddy Guy; The Kooks; AWOLNATION; Walk the Moon; Billy Currington; Magic!; Trampled by Turtles; Vance Joy; DJ Paris Hilton; Gaelic Storm; Mat Kearney; Brett Eldredge; Charles Bradley; Toad the Wet Sprocket; Kenny Wayne Shepherd; Leftover Salmon; Otis Clay; Shakey Graves; Sam Llanas; Field Report; Willy Porter; The Flaming Lips; Santigold; The Doobie Brothers; Lindsey Stirling; Sublime with Rome; The Isley Brothers; Gogol Bordello; Public Enemy; Gary Clark, Jr.; Coheed and Cambria; The Faint; Whitesnake; PHOX; Andy Montanez; Atals Genius; Kellie Pickler; Mates of State; Foghat; Keller Williams; Smash Mouth; Sloan; Seun Kuti & Egypt 80; Taylor Dayne; Saint Motel; Sheryl Crow; Jane’s Addiction; Sammy Hagar and The Circle; Timeflies; Lupe Fiasco; Dirty Heads; Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness; Phil Vassar; Kip Moore; Chase Rice; Martina McBride; Flogging Molly; Blackberry Smoke; Dirty Dozen Brass Band; Sylvan Esso; Bruce Hornsby; Kristian Bush of Sugarland; Pepper; The Infamous Stringdusters; The Mowgli’s; Tonic; and Elvin Bishop.

The latest round of performer announcements adds to the lineup of performers Milwaukee World Festival has announced for the Marcus Amphitheater: Florida Georgia Line with special guests Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard, Kings of Leon with special guest Kongos, Keith Urban with special guests Phillip Phillips and Dan + Shay, Zac Brown Band, Linkin Park with special guest A Day to Remember, Kendrick Lamar with special guest ScHoolboy Q and Ed Sheeran with special guest Rixton.

Additional artists will be named in the months remaining before Summerfest, which is scheduled to run June 24-28 and June 30-July 5 at Henry Maier Festival Park along Milwaukee's lakefront.

Summerfest attendees will be able to purchase general admission tickets for $19 and weekday tickets, which can be used prior to 4 p.m., for $12.

Ticket packages will also be available for the 2015 festival, including a three-day pass for $45 and the 11-Day Power Pass presented by Pick ‘n Save. A limited number of power passes will be sold at 68 Pick ‘n Save stores in southeastern Wisconsin from now until June 1 or until all passes have been sold. During the first two weeks of sales, passes will cost $70 with purchase of a Gatorade, Quaker or Nabisco product. Following that window, passes will cost $80. Each pass is valued at $209.

For more information on performance dates of individual artists, visit Show times and stage locations will be announced over the course of the next few months.

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YPWeek Wisconsin adds two new cities
March 26, 2015 11:23 AM
Wisconsin’s first-ever large scale YPWeek program has continued to pique the interest of cities across the state as Sheboygan and Fond du Lac draw their young professional networks into the lineup of events.

YPWeek Wisconsin, modelled after Newaukee’s Young Professionals Week, will be held April 11-18 with a focus on drumming up conversation and action on issues most important to young pros.

The week, led by a partnership between Newaukee and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, was announced in February with the involvement of young professional organizations in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Appleton, Kenosha and Wausau.

With the newly announced participation from Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, the week will feature more than 90 events catering to young professionals.

“YPWeek Wisconsin establishes a framework for existing and emerging young professionals throughout the state to collaborate and brand Wisconsin as a workplace destination for all Millennials,” Angela Damiani, president of Newaukee, said in a press release. “The excitement that is mounting with the new cities coming aboard and the willingness to work towards a single goal proves that folks are hungry and ready for this type of platform.”

Events, to be held in each of the eight cities, will also highlight assets specific to each community.

Milwaukee-hosted events will include a “speaker crawl” in which local executives will give Ted-talk presentations, “Investing in Your Future” sessions led by Robert W. Baird & Co., and a Historic Third Ward Gallery Night Art Bus.

For more information on YPWeek Wisconsin, visit

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Milwaukee Biz Blog: You’re just a clerk
March 26, 2015 11:25 AM
I was teaching a night class at Upper Iowa University recently when a student said something that left me utterly dumbfounded.

She related how her boss said she wasn't interested in hearing her idea to improve a procedure in their department. Why? Because she was “just a clerk.”

Read more in last week’s Milwaukee Biz Blog.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
March 26, 2015 11:27 AM

“When people are in better mental and emotional states, they’re going to produce more and do a better job.”
~Craig Modell, a psychologist and the owner and director of the four Stress Management & Mental Health Clinics in the Milwaukee area  
Read more in BizTimes Milwaukee’s new cover story by Hilary Dickinson: Employers have a stake in the urgent need for mental health care.

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BizTimes Bubbler Executive of the Week: Mark Mohr
March 26, 2015 11:29 AM

Mark Mohr, president and CEO of First Bank Financial Centre
Address: 155 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc
Industry: Financial services
Employees: 265
Family: Wife, Katie, and two grown sons

What’s new at First Bank Financial Centre?
“We were proud to be named Wisconsin’s No. 1 SBA Lender again in 2014, and I’m excited to announce that later this spring we’ll be expanding our footprint into downtown Milwaukee. While we have previously loaned money throughout the state, this is the first time we’ll have an office in Milwaukee County. Our new office, located at the corner of Milwaukee Street and East Wisconsin Avenue, will concentrate on business lending, bringing our SBA expertise to a market that has not traditionally been our focus. We’re excited to be near other thriving locally-based businesses.”

How does FBFC spark economic development in Wisconsin?
“We’ve been the state’s No. 1 SBA lender the last two years and a top 25 SBA lender nationally. We work hard to lend to local small businesses, as we consider them to be the backbone of our economy. These customers appreciate our quick turnaround and local decision-making, allowing them to concentrate on their businesses.

“We’ve also established business loan pools in seven communities, providing 1 percent fixed rate capital to businesses looking to open or expand. It’s a true partnership between the bank and those communities to spark economic development.”

FBFC has been serving customers for more than 155 years. What has been the key to your longevity?
“Wisconsin residents like to support their friends and neighbors and many of them like to bank locally, especially with an organization that gives back to the community. We try to make a real difference, both in terms of volunteerism and charitable giving. In fact, our 250 employees volunteer with over 400 organizations annually, and we’ve donated more than $1 million the last five years.

“We’ve filled a niche in the market by partnering community involvement with competitive rates and exceptional customer service. We have second and third generation customers who we’re proud to serve.”

Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?
“The most immediate investment we’re making is to support our new office in downtown Milwaukee. With a focus primarily on commercial lending, the space will have unique requirements that don’t necessarily follow our traditional branch model. We’re also actively seeking new lenders to join our team that have the SBA lending expertise we require and understand the unique challenges and opportunities facing downtown businesses.”

Do you have a business mantra?
“Years ago I read a quote from Harry S. Truman that has benefitted me throughout my career: ‘You can accomplish anything in life provided you do not mind who gets the credit.’”

How do you maintain your community focus as you grow and add staff?
“It’s something we consistently emphasize. Our employee base has doubled in the time I’ve been with the bank, and it takes a dedicated effort across all departments to live our brand.

“We’re proud that we’re now in a position where job candidates are seeking us out, hoping to join us in making a difference in people’s lives. That’s a real compliment and a testament to the team we have in place.”

What will be your company’s main challenges in the next year?
“Our business model requires an exceptional level of customer service, so our employees are our most important resource. The biggest challenge we face is finding exceptional job candidates who have the ability to effectively exceed customer expectations. We’ve been fortunate that, as we’ve grown, we’ve been able to maintain our customer-centric approach, and finding team members that continue that tradition of excellence remains a priority.”

From a business standpoint, who do you look up to?
“The people I most look up to are not necessarily business people, but rather are the men and women who selflessly serve our country. Without their sacrifice, none of the things we achieve in business are even possible. We can’t thank them enough for their service.”

What was the best advice you ever received?
“I once read that, ‘Relationships are the only things that matter in business and in life.’ That’s really why I do what I do for a living. The financial services industry is, at its core, all about building relationships. I’m very fortunate that I’ve worked with so many talented people, and continue to work with a great team today.”

What do you like to do in your free time?
“When I’m not spending time with my beautiful granddaughter, I’m an avid runner and I enjoy reading.”

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Bubbler Calendar
March 26, 2015 11:31 AM

*Friday, March 27, the Waukesha County Business Alliance will hold a “One-on-One with Public Officials” meeting. The event is part of a free monthly series that allows community members to sit down and talk to area officials over coffee. This month’s event will be headlined by state senator and county executive candidate Paul Farrow. The meeting will run from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s offices, located at 2717 N. Grandview Blvd., Suite 200, in Waukesha. For more information or to register, click here. Attendees who are alliance members should register by calling the alliance at 262-542-4249.

*Friday, March 27, BizTimes Media will shine a light on mental health in the workplace during the Anthem Wellness Summit at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel. The event will feature a lineup of keynote speakers who will highlight techniques for stress management, warning signs of mental health issues, the importance of mental health for overall wellness and best practices for cultivating a mentally healthy workplace. Breakout sessions following the speakers will cover nutrition, fitness, stress management, and best practices for implementing a wellness program. The event, which will also include breakfast, networking and a wellness fair, will run from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $35 for individuals and $350 for a corporate table of 10. The Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel is located at 375 S. Moorland Rd. in Brookfield. For more information or to register, visit

*Tuesday, April 7, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce will advise business leaders on best practices for addressing cultural disparities in the workplace at an event titled “Working Across Cultures – How You Manage Your Talent Can Make or Break Your Business.” The program, presented by the MMAC’s World Trade Association International Business Series, will feature insight from speakers representing area companies. The event will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Milwaukee Yacht Club, located at 1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive in Milwaukee. Admission costs $20 for WTA members, $30 for non-members and $10 for students. For more information or to register, visit

*Wednesday, April 8, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will present a workshop on “Using LinkedIn to Build Your Business: Beyond the Basics.” The workshop follows a March 11th workshop that highlighted the starting points of using LinkedIn. During the April event, attendees will learn next steps to use the social media outlet in order to boost personal and business branding. Along with instructing attendees on how to grow their LinkedIn network effectively, the workshop will cover elements of endorsements, recommendations and privacy, among others. The event will run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Ottawa University, located at 245 S. Executive Drive, Suite 110, in Brookfield. Cost is $29 for chamber members and $49 for non-members. For more information or to register, click here.

*Wednesday, April 8, FUEL Milwaukee will host an orientation for new members and prospective members. During the orientation, the young professionals’ organization, which is an extension of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, will highlight the benefits of membership. Attendees will also be able to network with one another. The event will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the MMAC with mingling, a formal presentation and a question and answer session. The MMAC’s offices are located at 756 N. Milwaukee St., fourth floor, in downtown Milwaukee. For more information or to register, click here.

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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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