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Thursday, March 5, 2015
War Memorial Center chairman announces resignation
March 5, 2015 11:09 AM
Michael Berzowski, chairman of the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, has resigned after two years of overseeing the center’s board.

Berzowski notified the board of his resignation in an email on Tuesday. His resignation is effective immediately.

In a phone interview on Wednesday, Berzowski said he thought “this would be a good time to leave” as the War Memorial Center is “well positioned to continue to advance” with strong finances and a well-defined mission and strategic plan.

The War Memorial Center is poised to be “a more routine organization” with “fewer crises” on the horizon, Berzowski said.

Much of Berzowski’s tenure focused on fleshing out negotiations with Milwaukee County and the Milwaukee Art Museum to ensure the War Memorial Center’s survival.

David Drent, executive director of the War Memorial Center, said he is “sad” to see Berzowski go after the chair steered the organization through difficult times.

“Mike did a great job,” Drent said. “This wasn’t an ugly divorce or anything like that. Mike felt it was time and he did a great job and he laid a great foundation and I believe that the board will follow through in continuing to work in a positive manner for the War Memorial Center.”

Peter Pochowski, vice chair of the board, will take over as interim board chair, according to Drent.

The War Memorial Center will likely elect a new permanent chair during its annual meeting on March 17, Drent said, and will convene a nominating committee before the meeting to discuss candidates.

“I think the future will be bright, and they should be able to accomplish a lot of things if they apply themselves,” Berzowski added.

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Assembly committee approves 70 mph speed limit
March 5, 2015 11:12 AM
The Assembly Committee on Transportation approved Tuesday increasing the maximum speed limit on Interstate highways in Wisconsin to 70 mph.

“I am very pleased,” said Rep. Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc), author of the bill. This is a common sense bill that Democrats and Republicans support.”

The committee rejected an amendment that would have allowed the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to establish a 65 mph limit for commercial vehicles.

“Highways are safer when traffic is flowing at the same speed,” Tittl said. “Split speeds for commercial vehicles disrupt that flow.”

Traffic safety engineers said the safest point to set the speed limit is the point at which 85 percent of the people are driving at or below. The current 85 percentile speed on numerous highway segments throughout the state is more than 70 mph.

“Increasing the speed limit is primarily about safety and bringing traffic closer to that 85th percentile,” Tittl said. “That change should help to make our interstates and freeways safer.”

The committee voted 14-1 in favor of the 70 mph limit. The bill will head to the Assembly floor later this month.

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Wellness Summit to focus on mental health
March 5, 2015 11:14 AM
The theme of the 2015 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Wellness Summit presented by BizTimes Media will be “The Competitive Advantage of a Mentally Healthy Workplace.”

The event will take place Friday, March 27, at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel on Moorland Road from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

A panel of speakers will provide insights on several aspects: techniques for managing stress; identifying the warning signs of mental health problems; the importance of mental health for overall wellness; and best practices for creating a mentally healthy workplace.

The keynote panelists will include:

* Craig Modell, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist who is the owner and director of the Stress Management and Mental Health Clinics in the Milwaukee area. Modell is a consultant and trainer in skill development and stress management in the workplace.
* Paula Carlton, DNP, a doctor of nursing practice with Aurora Advanced Healthcare in West Bend. She works closely with physicians to identify and treat patients suffering from mental health problems. Her practice features a strong emphasis on patient education and wellness.
* Dawn Zak is the associate director of Mental Health America of Wisconsin. She has more than 27 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse field. She developed and provided statewide training and coordination for workplaces on mental health, substance abuse and wellness.

BizTimes invites all of its readers to attend the conference, which will be especially insightful for business owners and other executives, including human resource directors and office managers.

After the panel discussion, several exhibits and breakout sessions will take place, providing the latest and greatest insights about wellness, including nutrition, fitness, stress management and best practices for implementing a wellness program.

To learn more about the conference and register to attend, visit

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McDonough named president of Franklin Energy
March 5, 2015 11:16 AM
Kevin McDonough has been named president of Port Washington-based Franklin Energy Services LLC.

McDonough will report to Paul Schueller, chief executive officer of the energy efficiency program implementation firm.

“Franklin Energy continues to expand its portfolio of services through industry-leading technologies, new talent and innovation in program services,” Schueller said. “This is the ideal time to leverage Kevin’s leadership and focus on meeting our clients’ energy, brand awareness, and customer satisfaction goals.”

McDonough has 30 years of energy efficiency experience, most recently as Franklin Energy’s head of program operations. McDonough was formerly general manager for Honeywell’s utility business. He graduated from Duke University and holds an MBA from Boston College.

As president of Franklin Energy, McDonough will be responsible for growing the company nationwide.

“Franklin Energy has positioned itself as a preeminent energy efficiency implementer with expertise and technology across all markets – commercial and industrial, small business, residential and multifamily,” McDonough said. “I look forward to working with such a dynamic team of experts and driving business forward.”

Franklin Energy was founded in 1994 and has more than 400 energy efficiency program expert specialists on staff.

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Family entertainment center planned in former Circuit City building
March 5, 2015 11:18 AM
Stacy Madlock of Milwaukee plans to open an indoor family entertainment center, called Kangaroo, in the former Circuit City building at 8173 W. Brown Deer Road on the far northwest side of Milwaukee.

The Circuit City store closed in late 2008. The building is owned by Mallory Properties.

If approved by city officials, Kangaroo will have inflatable amusements such as obstacle courses, slides and bounce houses, and other attractions that could include bumper cars, arcade games, a carousel and a dance machine.

Food that will be served at Kangaroo could include pizza, chicken snacks, cotton candy, popcorn and nachos.

The business will have about 12 to 16 employees, according to information submitted to the city.

“Our focus is family fun in a safe, welcoming and child friendly environment,” the Kangaroos submission to the city states. “Our facility is designed to allow children to run, jump, bounce and play, engaging them in fun recreations that promote an active lifestyle. Many Milwaukee residents that now travel to the surrounding suburbs for these types of amusements will be able to access them right in their own community.”

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BizTimes accepts nominations for business awards
March 5, 2015 11:20 AM
BizTimes Media is accepting nominations for its annual Bravo! Entrepreneur and I.Q. (Innovation Quotient) Awards.

Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards will be presented to business executives who exemplify excellence in entrepreneurship, including bold leadership, accomplishments, tenure, innovation, risk-taking, staff development and community involvement.

I.Q. Awards will salute companies for their innovations in business. Recipients will have a track record for innovative products, services or processes.

Self-Nominations are welcomed. Nominations will be due by March 23 at 5 p.m.

Nominees for the Bravo! Entrepreneur and I.Q. Awards must be based in Wisconsin and have a physical presence in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Sheboygan, Racine, Walworth or Kenosha County and be able to attend the Bravo! Entrepreneur/I.Q. Awards event.

The awards will be presented at the Bravo! Entrepreneur/I.Q. Awards Luncheon at BizExpo on May 20. In addition, each Bravo! Entrepreneur and I.Q. Award winners will be featured in the May 18 issue of BizTimes Milwaukee.

For more information or to nominate an executive for a Bravo! Entrepreneur Award or a company for an I.Q. Awards, visit or contact Sarah Sinsky at (414) 336-7100.

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Outdoor pro soccer will return to Uihlein Park
March 5, 2015 11:22 AM
Professional outdoor soccer will return to Milwaukee in 2016 with the creation of the Milwaukee Torrent.

The team will be owned by Andreas Davi of Glendale-based German Fit LLC.

"You have the Bucks for basketball, you have the Admirals for hockey, you have the Packers for football," Davi said in a news release. "But there's nothing for outdoor soccer, a professional organization for kids to say, 'One day, I want to play for this organization.'”

The team will play its home games at Uihlein Soccer Park's Time Warner Cable Stadium at 7101 W. Good Hope Road in Milwaukee.

The Torrent will be the first outdoor pro soccer team in Milwaukee since the Milwaukee Wave United played in the USL A-League in 2003 and '04; the outdoor offshoot of the Milwaukee Wave indoor franchise replaced the Milwaukee Rampage.

It has not been determined yet in which league the Torrent will play. Davi has had discussions with the National Premier Soccer League, the USL Premier Development League and the new Great Lakes Premier League.

"You have to start somewhere," said Davi. "I don't think people are that (worried about) if this is NPSL, PDL or (the second-division North American Soccer League). I think they're just happy that we will have professional soccer as an independent brand. To make this a successful operation, we want to start on a lower level ... where we don't have to worry about, 'Can we pay salaries? Can we pay this or that?' This is why we made the decision to start at a lower level, to show that we're doing this the right way – with patience. I am the most impatient person in the world, but with this, you have to be patient. We have time – this is the good thing, we have time to make this work.”

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
March 5, 2015 11:24 AM

“Note that unfilled STEM jobs slow down business growth, lower productivity, and lead to lower revenues--whether you're a STEM business or not. In ASQ's 2014 Engineering Week survey, we asked our members to give engineering students some advice. Their suggestions apply just as much to businesses that may be employing such students as interns or staff.”
~Bill Troy, CEO of Milwaukee-based ASQ
Read Tuesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Troy: Encourage the next generation of STEM professionals.

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Hot Bubbler Books
March 5, 2015 11:26 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:

1. “Get Big Things Done,” by Erica Dhawan and Saj-Nicole Joni
2. “Work,” by Wes Moore
3. “Zombie Loyalists,” by Peter Shankman
4. “Attacker’s Advantage,” by Ram Charan
5. “Yes, and,” by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton

Courtesy of

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Bubbler Calendar
March 5, 2015 11:27 AM

*Tuesday, March 10, the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation will hold a class on “What Can WWBIC Do For You?” The free course will introduce attendees to WWBIC’s menu of services for small businesses, which includes business and financial education classes and a loan program. The class will run from noon to 1 p.m. at WWBIC Kenosha, located at 600 52nd St., Suite 130, in Kenosha. For more information or to register, click here.

*Wednesday, March 11, the Waukesha County Business Alliance will facilitate a “Young Professionals Morning Program” highlighting the changing role of young professionals in the nonprofit community. The program will feature a panel discussion with Angela Mancuso of The Women’s Center, Inc.; Diane McGeen of Habitat for Humanity Waukesha County; Danny Robb of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee; and moderator Jayne Thoma of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. The panel will shed light on the evolving role of young professionals in nonprofits and ways young professionals can serve nonprofits, among other topics. The event will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Hunzinger Construction Company, located at 21100 Enterprise Ave. in Brookfield. Cost is $25 for alliance members. Non-members can register by calling the alliance at 262-542-4249. For more information on the event and registration, click here.

*Wednesday, March 11, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will advise business professionals on how to leverage LinkedIn during an information session. The session, titled “Using LinkedIn to Build Your Business: The Basics,” will cover the first steps of using LinkedIn for those who are new to the social media outlet and will also act as a refresher for those who are already experienced with it. The session will focus on understanding LinkedIn concepts, strategizing your presence, building an All-Star profile, posting useful status updates and more. The event will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Brookfield Chamber’s office, located at 17100 W. Bluemound Rd., Suite 202, in Brookfield (inside the Tri-City Bank Building). Admission costs $29 for chamber members and $49 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit

*Wednesday, March 11, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce will hold a seminar on “Building a World Class Sales Organization.” The event, presented by the CEOs of Growing Businesses, will feature insight from Gerry Layo, chief energizing officer of Sales Coach International, which specializes in advising companies on sales and leadership development. The seminar will run from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Wisconsin Club, located at 900 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee. Cost is $97 for MMAC members and $127 for prospective members. Additional ticket options are available. Admission includes breakfast, and attendees will receive a copy of Layo’s book, Smart Selling – Strategies to Reinvent the Sales Process. Attendees must register by Monday, March 9. For more information, click here. BizTimes Media is an event sponsor.

*Thursday, March 19, FUEL Milwaukee will hold a Purely Social @ The Pub Club, a new downtown restaurant and bar located at 1103 N. Old World 3rd St. The event is part of FUEL’s Purely Social series, which feature regular networking events that are free and open to the public. The March event will include complimentary appetizers, drink specials and networking activities and will run from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information or to register, click here.

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Jumpstart on the Weekend
March 5, 2015 11:30 AM

*Friday, March 6, Palermo’s Pizza and Pizzeria 3301 will host a wine and wood-fired pizza pairing. During the event, attendees will be able to sample five gourmet wood-fired pizzas as well as five Italian wines. Attendees will also have a chance to tour Palermo’s pizza factory. The event, which will cater to individuals age 21 and older, will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pizzeria 3301, located at 3301 W. Canal St. in Milwaukee. A cash bar will open at 6 p.m. Admission costs $30 per person, and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, click here.

*Friday, March 6, Brew City Big Band will perform at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center as part of the center’s Festive Fridays live music series. Brew City Big Band features a 22-piece orchestra well versed in boogie-woogie, jitterbugging, Lindy hopping and more. The music event, open to individuals age 21 and older, will run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the center, located at 608 New York Ave. in Sheboygan. Tickets cost $10 for members and students in advance, $12 for the general public in advance, $12 for members and students at the door, and $14 for the general public at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.    

*Friday, March 6, Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Milwaukee will present a “Movie Trivia Contest Party.” The evening will feature a movie trivia competition, social dancing, beverages and hors d’oeuvres. The event will run from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the dance studio, located at 323 N. Milwaukee St. in Milwaukee. Admission costs $35. For more information, click here

*Saturday, March 7, the Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market will be held at the Mitchell Park Domes, located at 524 S. Layton Boulevard in Milwaukee. The indoor urban farmers’ market takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features fresh, locally grown produce. Admission is free. The market began in November and will run through mid-April. For more information, click here.

*Saturday, March 7, the Milwaukee Bucks will challenge the Washington Wizards in a home game at BMO Harris Bradley Center, located at 1001 N. 4th St. in Milwaukee. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the game or to purchase tickets, click here.

*Sunday, March 8, the Milwaukee Admirals will take on the Oklahoma City Barons in a home game at BMO Harris Bradley Center, located at 1001 N. 4th St. in Milwaukee. The game, which will start at 4 p.m., will follow the theme “Purina Dog Day Afternoon,” allowing fans to bring their dogs to the for a $2 fee. The game will also feature a performance by skating juggler Albert Lucas. For more information on the game or to purchase tickets, 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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