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Thursday, June 11, 2015
Sendik’s appoints Gebauer executive chef
June 11, 2015 08:53 AM
Peter Gebauer is transitioning from executive chef at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino to executive chef at Sendik’s Food Markets, the grocer announced on Tuesday.

Gebauer, who has served as executive chef at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino for nearly a decade, is an award-winning chef with more than 40 years of culinary experience.

Among his awards, he was named 2013 Chef of the Year by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. He also is the local chapter president of the American Culinary Federation.

"Peter is a great addition to our Sendik's family," Ted Balistreri, family co-owner of Sendik’s Food Markets, said in an announcement. "The talent and experience he brings to our kitchens will allow us to develop even more homemade favorites to share with our guests. It's important we continue to meet the evolving tastes of our guests and maintain our status among the culinary leaders in the marketplace.”

During his run at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Gebauer designed and rolled out new restaurant concepts. He also played a key role in operating the Culinary Academy, which helped entry-level associates build on their management skills.

Before coming to Milwaukee, Gebauer served Gaylord Opryland Resort, Palace Resorts, Disney World, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Abu Dhabi In-Flight Catering Co. Included in his career highlights was the opportunity to cater to Lady Diana and Prince Charles on their honeymoon flight.

In his new role, Gebauer will work to create new Sendik’s signature recipes and will oversee chefs in all of Sendik’s 12 kitchens.

“Sendik's is a company I've always admired, and I'm very excited to be joining their team,” Gebauer said. “Working with local companies providing high quality, fresh food made with local ingredients has always been a passion of mine. It's a natural fit for me, and I look forward to helping Sendik's build and grow its culinary reputation.”

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UW-Oshkosh police chief to move to UWM
June 11, 2015 08:56 AM
Joseph LeMire has been appointed police chief of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, university officials announced on Wednesday.

LeMire, whose new leadership role is effective July 13, comes to UWM from UW-Oshkosh, where he has been police chief since 2010.

During his tenure at UW-Oshkosh, LeMire helped devise one of the largest student security programs in the University of Wisconsin System and collaborated with the district attorney’s office to form a UW-Oshkosh Safety Zone that protected students in areas surrounding the campus.

LeMire also teamed up with UW-Oshkosh’s Student Affairs department to create effective policing strategies to ensure the safety of students. He has earned recognition for his work with UW-Oshkosh’s Women’s Center, LGBTQ Resource Center and residence halls.

LeMire was identified as a top candidate by a university search committee chaired by Steven Brandl, a criminal justice professor at UWM.

“I am grateful that the search committee identified such strong candidates, and I am very happy Joe will be joining us at UWM,” Robin Van Harpen, UWM’s vice chancellor for finance and administrative affairs, said in a statement. “He is ready and excited to join a larger university police department and a campus in a very urban environment where the safety of our students and campus community is so vital to the wellbeing of the university. Also, he is eager to bring his close working relationships with student services functions to UWM.”

In his new position at UWM, LeMire will report to Van Harpen as he oversees University Police. He will also lead strategies that reinforce campus safety and security as well as strengthen relations with the university community, visitors, neighbors and other law enforcement departments.

LeMire will take over for Michael Marzion, who has served as interim police chief on campus this year.

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Old Settlers Park to undergo renovation with support of community foundations
June 11, 2015 08:58 AM
A significant renovation project will seek to beautify Old Settlers Park in West Bend as the Greater Milwaukee Foundation partners with the West Bend Community Foundation to fund several upgrades.

As part of its centennial gifts to the region, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is committing $200,000 to the park renovation project, which will kick off in September.

Old Settlers Park encompasses a triangular public space at the north end of Main Street in downtown West Bend. The 11,000-square-foot venue hosts a variety of public events and activities, including a farmers’ market and the weekly summer concert series Music on Main.

The renovation project to the space, led by the West Bend Community Foundation and the City of West Bend, will replace the existing 144-square-foot gazebo with a 442-square foot gazebo that will double as a band shelter. The project will also expand the park’s walking patio area and outfit it with new concrete.

Additionally, interlocking brick will replace the park’s existing timber walls, and a third access point will be introduced to the park along with new landscaping and an irrigation system.

The package of upgrades aligns with West Bend’s downtown development plan, which includes efforts to improve pedestrian access to the city’s cultural district as well as a push to improve the backs of business facades and enhance the Eisenbahn Trail.

“This renovation will allow the appearance and functionality of Old Settlers Park to match its place and prominence in the community,” Chris Chlupp, vice president of the West Bend Community Foundation, said in an announcement. “Everyone in West Bend can be proud of the generosity that has brought this project to bear.”

Park renovations will likely be completed by spring 2016.

“Public gathering spaces can instill civic pride and offer a powerful sense of community,” said Ellen Gilligan, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “Through our proud partnership with the West Bend Community Foundation, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is excited to bring new luster to an historic park known today for its vibrant activity.”

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Nordstrom to hire 375 at Mayfair store
June 11, 2015 09:01 AM
Nordstrom Inc. on Wednesday announced it will hire 375 employees to staff its new store at Mayfair mall in Wauwatosa.

The upscale fashion retailer will open the new store on Friday, October 23. The 140,000-square-foot, three-level anchor store was announced in December 2012.

The available positions include sales, housekeeping, alterations and restaurant employees, and will be posted on on June 22.

Nordstrom also unveiled further detail about the new department store. It will include two in-store restaurants at the Mayfair location: a full-service Mediterranean/Italian restaurant called Ruscello that will serve pasta, sandwiches, salads and pizza; and a coffee shop called Ebar that will serve specialty drinks and snacks.

Like most Nordstrom locations, the store will include five shoe departments—three women’s, men’s and children’s. It will also include a beauty department and men’s, women’s and children’s apparel. There will be single-surface floors throughout the store and more flexible fixturing to allow for departments to change their appearance over time.

Among Nordstrom’s newer offerings are the option to buy something online and pick it up in store, and a curbside pickup service for phone or online orders. Free wi-fi is available for customers in store, and salespeople use mobile devices to complete remote check-out and search inventory for out of stock items.

“For customers, the definition of service is constantly changing and we’re just trying to keep a pulse on that and stay in touch with what the customer wants,” said Salimah Karmali, a spokesperson for Nordstrom.

The company also named Elena Mallios the store manager at Mayfair. She has worked in a variety of roles at Nordstrom’s Chicago-area stores since 1997. Mallios most recently opened and served as store manager at a Nordstrom Rack, the company’s off-price store brand, at Orchard Place in Skokie, Ill.

“Throughout her career at Nordstrom, Elena has shown the ability to perform at the highest level no matter the assignment,” said Brent Harris, vice president and Midwest regional manager for full-line stores. “We are excited that she’ll be leading the way as we break ground in Wisconsin with our first full-line store.”

“We’re thrilled to be coming to Mayfair this fall,” Mallios said. “I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know customers in the Midwest for the past 18 years, including those who have traveled from Milwaukee to shop our stores. We’re delighted to bring Milwaukee customers the same shopping experience closer to home, and we can’t wait to get our doors open to begin serving them.”

Nordstrom will host a sneak peek charity gala on Wednesday, Oct. 21, to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and the Milwaukee and Cream City chapters of The Links Inc. The company hopes to raise $150,000 from the event, for which tickets are $100.

Seattle-based Nordstrom was founded as a shoe store in 1901 and now operates 304 stores in the U.S. and Canada. The company, which includes the main department store, Nordstrom Rack, and several specialty fashion sites, reported $13.1 billion in sales last year.

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DeLind is closing art gallery
June 11, 2015 09:05 AM
William DeLind announced he is closing the DeLind Gallery of Fine Art in downtown Milwaukee.

DeLind has operated the gallery at 450 E. Mason St. since 1969.

He is conducting a going-out-of-business sale.

“Meanwhile, although we are officially closed, there is still ‘clean up and clear out.’ Desks, tables, displays and as of this writing, about 150 artworks remain, looking for a good home, not just going into storage,” DeLind said in an e-mail to customers. “I’m looking for reasonable offers. It’s a great time to add outstanding artworks to your collection…The door will be open while we clean out, pack up, put away and close the door for the last time.”

The works of the Wisconsin artists available for purchase in the collection include Arnold Alaniz, Althea Jones, Roland Poska, Spicuzza,Terry Doughty, Aaron Bohrod and several original drawings by Carl Von Marr. International artists include Chahine, Helleu, Lobel Riche, original drawings by Jules Cheret, Louis Fortuney, Misti and more.

DeLind plans to open a new business, DeLind Fine Art Appraisals, by August on the second floor of the George Watts Building next to the Watts Tea Shop at 761 N. Jefferson St.

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Take the BizTimes Mid-Year Economic Dashboard Survey
June 11, 2015 09:06 AM
Readers are invited to take a moment and fill out the 2015 BizTimes Mid-Year Economic Dashboard Survey.

The survey compiles assessments about how southeastern Wisconsin companies are faring, including measuring the changes in their revenues, profits and employment.

The results of the survey will be presented and analyzed in the 2015 BizTimes Economic Forecast special report in the July 13 edition of BizTimes Milwaukee magazine.

To take the brief survey, visit

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
June 11, 2015 09:08 AM

“According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, our nation’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workforce is crucial to America’s innovative capacity and global competitiveness. Yet women are vastly underrepresented among STEM degree holders, despite making up half of the college-educated workforce. 
“It is critical to all businesses that we attract a diverse workforce to these fields and the conversation needs to start with middle schoolers – particularly girls. As business leaders and parents, we can turn this tide. I know that to be true from my own personal experience.”
-Dee Mellor, vice president and chief quality officer at GE Healthcare and executive sponsor of the GE Women’s Network.
Read Tuesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Mellor: Summertime should be STEM time.

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Hot Bubbler Books
June 11, 2015 09:10 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:

1. “No Ordinary Disruption,” by Richard Dobbs, Jonathan Woetzel and James Manyika
2. “Carry On, Warrior,” by Glennon Doyle Melton
3. “Frugal Innovation,” by Navi Radjou, Jaideep Prabhu and The Economist
4. “On the Edge,” by Alison Levine
5. “Persuasion Equation,” by Mark Rodgers

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Bubbler Calendar
June 11, 2015 09:12 AM

*Thursday, June 11, the Waukesha County Business Alliance in partnership with BizTimes Media will present the Top 10 Businesses of the Year Awards ceremony. The annual awards program recognizes 10 businesses in the region that demonstrate financial growth, commitment to both customers and the community, and strong employee relations. Winning businesses were selected by an independent panel of judges. The awards program, which features networking, a luncheon and presentations, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center, located at 2810 Golf Rd. in Pewaukee. Cost is $50 for alliance members and $500 for a corporate table of 10. For non-members, cost is $65 for individuals and $650 for a corporate table of 10. For more information on the event and registration details, visit

*Thursday, June 11, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will present a “Business After 5” networking event. The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at First Bank Financial Centre, located at 18815 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield. Cost is $10 for chamber members who preregister and $15 at the door. Cost for first time guests is $15. For more information on the event or to register, click here.

*Thursday, June 11, East Town Association will launch the 2015 season of “Jazz in the Park.” The free outdoor music series, presented by Boston Store and Columbia St. Mary’s, brings live jazz to Cathedral Square in downtown Milwaukee. Concerts are held each Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. The music kicks off at 6 p.m. with a happy hour scheduled for 5 p.m. This week’s show will feature The Jimmys, a group comprised of a keyboardist, drummer, four-piece horn section, bass guitarist, blues guitarist and vocals. “Jazz in the Park” runs through Thursday, Sept. 3. For more information on the series, visit

*Tuesday, June 16, FUEL Milwaukee will hold a “Purely Social” event at Ale Asylum Riverhouse, located at 1110 N. Old World 3rd Street in Milwaukee. Purely Social, a monthly series that is free and open to the public, brings Milwaukee professionals to different venues across the city for networking. During the June event, attendees will be able to enjoy drink specials, complimentary appetizers and live music on Ale Asylum Riverhouse’s patio. The social will run from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information or to register, click here.

*Tuesday, June 16, “Chill on the Hill” will feature live music performed by singers/songwriters Anna Fermin and Chrissy Dzioba. “Chill on the Hill” is a free weekly music series that brings live music acts to Humboldt Park in Bay View each Tuesday evening. The music kicks off at 6 p.m. The summer series, presented by the Bay View Neighborhood Association, runs through Tuesday, Sept. 1. For more information on the series, visit

*Wednesday, June 17, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Continuing Education will hold a seminar on “First Steps to Starting a Business.” The course will help students learn how feasible their business idea is and will also educate them about startup costs, financial resources, risks and rewards of starting a business, legal issues and more. The course will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the UWM School of Continuing Education, located at 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., #6000, in Milwaukee. Cost is $29. 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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