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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Alverno crosses finish line of $30 million capital campaign
January 22, 2015 10:53 AM
As Alverno College rolls out the largest campus improvement project in its history – a $30 million expansion and renovation initiative – the school has announced the success of the three-year capital campaign it led to back the initiative.

The Milwaukee school exceeded its $30 million campaign goal in December, reaching a total of $32,793,000, largely thanks to a record $8.7 million contribution from alumnae as well as donations from staff, faculty, students and area corporations.

The campus’ construction project broke ground in March 2014 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. The project is marked by a variety of improvements and additions to the campus, encompassing a new three-story, 50,000-square-foot building as well as a 13,500-square-foot building addition and 125,000 square feet of building renovations. Milwaukee-based Uihlein Wilson Architects is taking the lead on the design of the new infrastructure.

“This is an investment in the city of Milwaukee as well as an investment in Alverno,” president Mary Meehan, Ph.D., said in a statement. “Our alums are leaders in business, health care and education, and since 80 percent of our graduates live and work in Wisconsin, we truly are having an impact locally.”

The new building will hold space for nine high-tech classrooms and will double the space available for art and dance education. The new building will also be home to a nursing simulation center for students enrolled in the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing.

Additionally, the project will double the size of Alverno’s commons area with a larger food service area, a coffee shop and private group study rooms. A heritage plaza, constructed in honor of the School Sisters of St. Francis who founded Alverno College, will offer outdoor seating near the dining hall. And a new “Student Main Street” will act as a hub for advising, financial aid, career planning and other student services right by the new commons.

Another renovation will revamp the college’s conference center in the Sister Joel Read Center to allow for more meeting flexibility and better traffic flow. That center will be renamed the Bucyrus Conference Center to reflect a generous gift from the Bucyrus Foundation, which is a donor-advised fund of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

A separate gift from Milwaukee-based A.O. Smith Corporation has prompted Alverno to dub its international and intercultural office the A.O. Smith International and Intercultural Office.

Campus upgrades will also ensure Alverno is a more environmentally-friendly campus, with features such as energy-efficient lighting, furnishings with minimal environmental impact, energy-efficient heating and air conditioning, and a green roof atop the commons area.

The $30 million capital campaign responsible for funding the project kicked off in 2011 under the guidance of Paul Purcell, chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co. as well as Don Layden, a partner of Milwaukee-based Quarles & Brady LLC and alumna Ellen Gardner, retired president of Ameritech-Wisconsin (now AT&T).

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WCREW names 2015 board members
January 22, 2015 10:55 AM
The Wisconsin chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, located in Milwaukee, has named its 2015 board of directors.

Directors are: Co-president Beth Rummel of Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling, Co-president Heather Nelson of Spring Bank, treasurer Debbie Kossow of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, secretary Maggie Grzesiowski of Colliers International, past president Jennifer Devitt of Wangard Partners, national delegate Erika Baurecht of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC, Alicia Kopp of BMO Harris Bank, Roberta Oldenburg of Mortenson Construction, national delegate Karen Perzan of Quarles & Brady LLP, and Anne Ryan of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause.

WCREW promotes the success of women in commercial real estate, giving them opportunities to learn from one another, network and collaborate on business.

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Workshop to address valuing your business
January 22, 2015 10:57 AM
BizTimes Media will host an interactive workshop designed to help business owners value their businesses and prepare them for sale.

The program, “What’s your business really worth—are you building a sellable company?” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, 375 S. Moorland Road in Brookfield.

Experts will offer information, advice and tools to help business owners increase the value of their companies and prepare them for a sale or acquisition.

Joel Nettesheim, principal, and Nancy Mehlberg, manager, at SVA Certified Public Accountants, will explain the concept of a “sellability score.” Panelists Daniel Eder, president of Reliable Door and Dock Inc. and Jim Lindenberg, owner and president of Lindy Enterprises, JML Holdings and Legends of the Field, will discuss their firsthand experiences with selling their companies.

For more information or to register, visit

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Blizzard Lighting fixtures on set of NFC Championship game
January 22, 2015 10:59 AM
The product of a Waukesha-based manufacturer was a part of the FOX Sports NFC Championship telecast on Sunday. Made by Blizzard Lighting LLC, four of the BLOCKHEAD professional moving head LED matrix light fixtures were used on the pregame and halftime set.

The programmable professional LED light fixtures, which feature 25 red, blue and white LEDs in the fixture head as well as unlimited rotation on two axes, are capable of displaying low-resolution animated content, patterns, static colors and beam effects.

For the telecast, Blizzard collaborated with Fond du Lac-based ModTruss, which constructs on-location sets for many sports telecasts, including FOX.

“Seeing our BLOCKHEAD fixtures in action for the NFC Championship is the culmination of a lot of hard work from many people both on our team and from ModTruss,” said Will Komassa, president of Blizzard Lighting. “Having the fixtures and the Packers both there, it doesn’t get much better.”

According to Komassa, Fox chose to use the BLOCKHEAD because of its size, weight and visual appeal.

“FOX Sports wanted to, in their words, ‘bling things up a little bit’ for the game, but we were also aware that we didn’t have a large amount of space to work with on the set,” Komassa said. “BLOCKHEAD’s compact size, flexibility and built-in bag of visual tricks make it the perfect product to give their coverage the flash they are looking for.”

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MillerCoors LLC introduces gluten-free beer
January 22, 2015 11:01 AM
Chicago-based MillerCoors LLC, which brews much of its beer in Milwaukee, is introducing its first 100 percent gluten-free beer. Called Coors Peak Copper Lager, it will be available beginning Feb. 1 in Seattle and Portland, Ore.

While it is brewed in Milwaukee, Coors Peak Copper Lager will only be available for now in Seattle and Portland as part of a pilot test.

If the beer does well in those markets, the company said it may, in the next couple years, expand its manufacturing capacity and make the beer available nationwide.

Currently the manufacturing capacity is limited because the Coors Peak Copper Lager requires a rigorous manufacturing process conducted on a separate line in order to avoid cross-contamination with the gluten made in MillerCoors’ other products.

For now, Seattle and Portland were chosen because they are historically strong MillerCoors markets and they have a strong tie to natural foods. In addition to being gluten-free, Coors Peak Copper Lager is made with 100 percent natural, non-GMO ingredients.

The Coors Peak Copper Lager is made with malted brown rice, brown rice, hops, water, sugar and protein from pees.

MillerCoors describes the Coors Peak Copper Lager as a balanced and bright medium-bodied beer with a low bitterness rating.

Although the Coors Peak Copper Lager is its first gluten-free beer, MillerCoors makes two gluten-free ciders: Crispin Cider and Smith & Forge Hard Cider.

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Harley becomes official Sturgis motorcycle
January 22, 2015 11:04 AM
Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Motor Co. has been named the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a bike enthusiast gathering held each year in Sturgis, S.D.

Harley and the City of Sturgis formed the 75-year agreement in commemoration of the rally’s 75th anniversary. As part of the deal, a permanent plaza will be built on Sturgis’ Main Street to host events, concerts and weddings year-round.  The plaza will include bricks from Harley’s headquarters.

"Harley-Davidson riders have attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for decades. This new agreement will help fuel many more years of freedom, independence and rebellion for this iconic gathering," said Matt Levatich, president and chief operating officer at Harley-Davidson. "Riding is a passion passed down through generations, so it's important we celebrate the legacy and history of Harley-Davidson in Sturgis, while helping creating new memories."

"For decades, Harley-Davidson has been the motorcycle of choice for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fans and a great partner to the City of Sturgis," said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. "Today it gives me great pleasure to solidify its importance by making it the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally."

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
January 22, 2015 11:06 AM

“First of all, let's recognize that the vast majority of our schools, whether public or private are high quality. Wisconsin is fortunate to have a strong educational system in place and incredible teachers who are committed to our students' education. However, we do need a process in place to help our under-performing schools reach the same level of excellence.”
~Rep. Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna), the Assembly majority leader
Read Tuesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Steineke: State must intervene with underperforming schools.

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Hot Bubbler Books
January 22, 2015 11:09 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:

1. “How We Got to Now,” by Steven Johnson
2. “You Only Have to Be Right Once,” by Randall Lane
3. “The Promise of a Pencil,” by Adam Braun
4. “A Path Appears,” by Sheryl Wu Dunn and Nicholas Kristof
5. “Code Halos,” by Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig and Ben Pring

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Bubbler Calendar
January 22, 2015 11:10 AM

*Thursday, Jan. 22, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold a “Business After 5” networking event at Healthworks Wellness Center, located at 19035 W. Capitol Drive, Suite 100, in Brookfield. The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for chamber members who pre-register and $15 at the door. First-time networking event guests can also attend for $15. For more information or to register, click here.

*Friday, Jan. 23, the Waukesha County Business Alliance will host a “One-on-One with Public Officials” event featuring Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel. The event, part of a free monthly series, will allow members of the public to sit down with Schimel over coffee and discuss issues impacting their communities. The event will run from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Jannsen Conference Room of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, located at 2717 N. Grandview Blvd., Suite 300, in Waukesha. For more information or to register, click here.

*Monday, Jan. 26, through Friday, Jan. 30, FUEL Milwaukee will facilitate a professional development bootcamp for Milwaukee’s business community, particularly its sector of young professionals. The week-long event will feature breakfast sessions, luncheons and evening workshops with presentations by some of Milwaukee’s most successful business leaders. Speakers will focus on a range of topics, including how to boost productivity at work and how to effectively communicate. A portion of speakers will also highlight career lessons for professionals to keep in mind as they build their careers. Sessions will be held at venues across the city. The breakfast events, also known as “Mentorship Mornings” are free and open to the public. Luncheon and dinner workshops are free for FUEL members and cost $10 for non-members. For more information on the bootcamp, visit

*Thursday, Jan. 29, BizTimes Media will hold the 2015 Northern Trust Economic Trends Breakfast to give business leaders insight on expectations for business in the year ahead. The event, in its 14th year, will feature a macro-economic outlook by Michael Knetter, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin Foundation as well as industry outlooks by Tina Chang of SysLogic Inc., Tom Still of the Wisconsin Technology Council, Keith Rozolis of ABC Supply Co. Inc., and Todd Teske of Briggs & Stratton Corp. The event will also include breakout sessions for business leaders. The breakfast event will run from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Italian Conference Center, located at 631 E. Chicago St. in Milwaukee. Cost is $60 for individuals and $600 for a corporate table of 10. For more information or to register, visit

*Thursday, Jan. 29, the City of Milwaukee will celebrate its 169th birthday during a party presented by the Milwaukee Press Club. The theme for this year’s party is “Milwaukee Made: Products, people and places that ‘make’ Milwaukee great.” In line with the theme, the press club is holding a contest calling for nominations in three categories: Who, what and which places define Milwaukee? Honorees will be recognized at the birthday celebration. The party will also include gourmet food stations by Bartolotta’s Catering, complimentary beer, coffee and cake, and a cash bar. The party will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grain Exchange, located at 225 E. Michigan St., Suite 5, in Milwaukee. Cost is $35, and attendees must register by Friday, Jan. 23. For more information or to register, visit

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BizTimes Poll Question
January 22, 2015 11:12 AM
Should the maximum speed limit be raised to 70 mph on Wisconsin's Interstate highways?

Tell us by responding to the BizTimes Poll Question today.

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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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