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Jason Derulo among performers to appear at Wisconsin State Fair
April 16, 2015 10:59 AM
The Wisconsin State Fair has expanded its 2015 music lineup with pop performer Jason Derulo in addition to the Under the Sun Tour and John Kay & Steppenwolf.

The fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will run Aug. 6-16 at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.

Derulo, scheduled to perform on Friday, Aug. 7, has sold more than 30 million albums, according to fair officials. Among his top hits are the songs “Wiggle,” “Talk Dirty,” “Trumpets” and “Want to Want Me.” The singer-songwriter is releasing his next album, “Every Is 4,” on June 2. His state fair show will open with Jasmine V, an actress and singer who recently released her new single, “That’s Me Right There” with Kendrick Lamar. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $39 and $29, and seating will be reserved.

The Under the Sun Tour will take over the fair’s Main Stage on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. The tour features a mashup of pop and rock artists from the past 20 years – Sugar Ray, Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6. Show tickets costs $35 and $25, and seating will be reserved.

John Kay & Steppenwolf will hit the Main Stage on Friday, Aug. 14, for an 8 p.m. performance. The rock band was made famous by hits like “Born to Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride.” Lou Gramm, The Voice of Foreigner, will kick off the show with well-known songs like “I Want to Know What Love Is” and “Waiting for a Girl Like You.” Tickets will also cost $35 and $25 for the show, and seating will be reserved.

Fairgoers interested in catching any of the stage acts can purchase tickets beginning Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m. at and at the fair ticket office, located at 7722 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis.

Individuals who purchase Main Stage tickets prior to entering the fair will be guaranteed fair admission.

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Summerfest adds to 2015 lineup
April 16, 2015 11:03 AM
Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. has unleashed the names of 15 more performers for Summerfest 2015, including Matt Nathanson and OK Go.

The latest round of Summerfest announcements features Grounds Stage headliners.

Along with Nathanson and OK Go, headliners slated to perform are: Cowboy Mouth, Vinyl Theatre, Angaleena Presley, Amanda Shires, Clare Dunn, Logan Mize, Robert DeLong, Esperanza Spalding, Big Data, The Wind + The Wave, Ximena Sariñana, Kaleo and Failure.

Milwaukee World Festival, which heads Summerfest, plan to announce show dates, times and stages for headliners in about two weeks. Festival officials will also announce the final Marcus Amphitheater headlining acts.

Marcus Amphitheater acts already made public include: The Rolling Stones, Florida Georgia Line with Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard, Kings of Leon with KONGOS, Keith Urban with Phillip Phillips and Dan + Shay, Zac Brown Band, Linkin Park with A Day to Remember, Kendrick Lamar with ScHoolboy Q, and Ed Sheeran with Rixton.

Additional festival performers already announced include Bastille, Sheryl Crow, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and more than 90 others.

Summerfest 2015 will run June 24-28 and June 30-July 1. For more information on the festival and ticket options, visit

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Kellner is new chairman of Bradley Center board
April 16, 2015 11:06 AM
The Bradley Center Sports & Entertainment Corp. board of directors on Wednesday announced that board member Ted Kellner has been unanimously selected to serve as the new chairman after the sudden death of Marc Marotta earlier this month.

Additionally, the board voted at its Wednesday meeting to create the leadership position of vice chairman and elected Andrew Petzold of Mequon to serve in that new position.

Kellner is executive chairman at Fiduciary Management Inc., an investment firm he founded in 1980. He is active in a range of volunteer and community activities, and he is one of about 20 local citizens who are minority owners in the Milwaukee Bucks.

"Ted Kellner is a recognized community volunteer with a track record of public service to Milwaukee and the entire state of Wisconsin," said Michael W. Grebe, a board member who is the president and chief executive officer of the Bradley Foundation. "His knowledge of our community and commitment to high standards makes him an excellent choice to lead our board at this critical time. As the community continues its discussion about a new downtown multi-purpose entertainment venue and what it means for Milwaukee's future, the BMO Harris Bradley Center is fortunate that someone with Ted's leadership abilities and demonstrated skills has agreed to fill the void left by the tragic and sudden passing of our former chairman, Marc Marotta. Ted will continue our board's long tradition of putting the interests of the community first in all we do, and I know that the Board and its full leadership team stand ready to join in as we consider some of the most important issues that have ever faced our building.”

“I’m honored that the board has the confidence and trust in me to lead us through one of the most exciting and important periods in our 27 year history,” said Kellner, who was appointed to the board in 2010 by Gov. Scott Walker. “Marc Marotta’s leadership, guidance and many significant contributions have left a tremendous and positive mark on the Center and the Board. With help from Andrew and the entire Board, I am confident that we can meet the significant challenges that lie ahead.”

BMO Harris Bradley Center president and CEO Steve Costello said Marotta’s sudden passing underscored the need to broaden the leadership team that oversees the facility.

“We have an incredible group of board members guiding this wonderful community asset. We have a full agenda in the year ahead, and having Andrew’s considerable experience as part of our leadership team will help as we both maintain and operate the building as well as plan for the future,” Costello said.

Petzold is the president of Concord Development Company, a real estate development firm headquartered in Mequon. He was appointed to the Board by Gov. Walker in 2011.

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Wisconsin companies to receive Corporate Safety Awards
April 16, 2015 11:09 AM
The Wisconsin Safety Council and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development announced that 14 companies will receive Wisconsin Corporate Safety Awards.

"Wisconsin is very proud to be considered one the safest states in which to work. This year's winners are an embodiment of that and a testament to the skill and genuine care each Wisconsin worker has for their employers, co-workers and community," said Janie Ritter, director of the Wisconsin Safety Council. "This year's winning companies serve as an inspiration to the entire Wisconsin business community for making safety an integral part of every day."

Of the 117 companies who submitted applications this year, 80 were qualified finalists. Each of the finalists provided details on their organization's safety and health leadership, training and implementation programs, and employee participation. Their reports also included information on their safety accomplishments and goals.

The applications were judged by an independent panel of 33 safety, health, and human resource professionals. The 14 awards will be presented during the 73rd annual Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference and Exposition in the Wisconsin Dells at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, April 21-22.
"On behalf of Gov. Walker, I congratulate the 2014 Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award winners, who are leading by example proving how safety is important to the success of a company," stated Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson. "Wisconsin businesses and employees understand the responsibility of safety to both improve workers skills to be able to perform their very best on the job."

The 2014 Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award winners are:
* Agropur inc., Luxemburg
* Alliant Energy Corp.- WPL, Madison
* The Boldt Company, Appleton
* Chr. Hansen Inc., Milwaukee
* Colony Brands Inc., Monroe
* Energis High Voltage Resources Inc. - Green Bay
* ITU AbsorbTech Inc., New Berlin
* Lakehead Painting Company Inc. Superior
* Northeast Asphalt Inc., Greenville
* Phillips-Medisize - Design Development Center, Hudson
* Phillips-Medisize - Phillips Medical, Menomonie
* Teel Plastics, Inc., Baraboo
* Tyco Fire Protection Products, Marinette
* USG Structural Technologies LLC, Delevan

Bill Morgan, president of Johnsonville Sausage LLC will be honored as the 14th inductee into the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame.

"The safety culture at Johnsonville Sausage is second to none," Morgan said. "And while we're proud of the strong safety culture we've established, our challenge is not to be complacent with our safety results. We'll continue to challenge every aspect of the business to achieve zero injuries. We have a moral obligation to provide a safe work environment for all of our members and a cultural expectation that every member has personal accountability for quality and safety."

The Wisconsin Safety Council is the state's leading provider of workplace safety training and programming. Established in 1923, it is an educational division of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and is the state chapter of the National Safety Council.

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BizTimes announces recipients of Bravo! and I.Q. Awards
April 16, 2015 11:11 AM
BizTimes Media has announced the recipients of the 2015 Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards and I.Q. (Innovation Quotient) Awards.

The Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards salute dynamic and visionary leaders in business. They have demonstrated strong business growth, as well as considerable impact in the community. The nominations were submitted by readers and affirmed by the BizTimes Media editorial team.

The Bravo! Entrepreneur recipients are:

Rick Barrett, president, Barrett Visionary Development, Milwaukee.

Kelly Brown, managing partner, American Deposit Management Co., Delafield.

Matt Cordio, co-founder of Startup Milwaukee, The Commons and Skills Pipeline.

Michelle D’Attilio, CEO, Sosh, Milwaukee.

John Hunzinger, president, Hunzinger Construction Co., Brookfield.

Jerry Jendusa, co-founder, Stuck LLC, Wauwatosa.

Scott Kubicki, president of Skyline of Milwaukee.

Tony Mallinger, president and CEO, Metal-Era, Waukesha.

Lupe Martinez, president and CEO, UMOS, Milwaukee.

Sandra Nix, president and CEO, Connected Technology Solutions, Menomonee Falls.

As previously announced, the Regional Spirit Award will go to Griselda Aldrete, president and CEO of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, and the Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Steve Laughlin, executive chairman of Laughlin Constable.

The recipients of I.Q. Awards for innovation in business are:

Dominion Properties, Milwaukee.

Fiserv Inc., Brookfield.

Foley & Lardner LLP, Milwaukee.

GE Healthcare, Waukesha.

Generac Power Systems Inc., Waukesha.

Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee.

Somna Therapeutics LLC, Germantown.

UWM App Brewery, Milwaukee.

Vantage Point Corp., Kenosha.

We Energies, Milwaukee.

The Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards and I.Q. Awards will be presented to the recipients at a luncheon during the 2015 BizExpo, to be held Wednesday, May 20, at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee.  The awards ceremony will be emceed by WISN-Channel 12 News anchor Craig McKee.

To register to attend the awards luncheon, visit

The awards luncheon will follow the previously announced BizTimes Women in Business Breakfast, which will be held on the morning of May 20 at the BizExpo.

Dr. Eve Hall, president and chief executive officer of the newly revived African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, will be the recipient of the 2015 BizTimes Woman Executive of the Year Award.

A panel discussion will precede the presentation of the award to Hall. The panel will discuss “How Business Can Power Change through Leadership and Innovation.”

The panel of accomplished women leaders will include: Abby Andrietsch, co-founder and executive director, Schools That Can Milwaukee; Cynthia LaConte, CEO of Dohmen; Gail Lione, adjunct professor of intellectual property law at Marquette University Law School; and Thelma Sias, vice president of local affairs at We Energies. The discussion will be moderated by Kimberly Kane, president and founder of Kane Communication Group.

To register to attend the Women in Business Breakfast, visit

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Tee off golf season at 'PGA Championship: A Major Partnership'
April 16, 2015 11:14 AM
BizTimes Media invites readers to kick off the Wisconsin golf season by attending the “2015 PGA Championship: A Major Partnership,” a special celebration which will take place Tuesday, April 28, in the Pilot House at Pier Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

The event will be presented by BizTimes Media and The PGA of America.

Registration for the event will start at 4:30 p.m., followed at 5 p.m. with a live discussion featuring Peter Bevacqua, chief executive officer of the PGA of America, and David Kohler, president and chief operating officer of Kohler Co. and general chairman of the 2015 PGA Championship, which will be held Aug. 10-16 at Whistling Straits in the community of Haven.

Bevacqua and Kohler will discuss the economic impact of hosting the PGA Championship in Wisconsin and the emergence of the state as a national major golf Mecca. The discussion will be moderated by BizTimes executive editor Steve Jagler.

A cocktail reception will follow the discussion. Attendees will be able have their picture taken with the Wanamaker Trophy and the Ryder Cup.

The cost to attend the event will be $99 per person, or $375 for a foursome. A limited number of tickets are available for this exclusive, one-time event.

To register to attend, visit

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
April 16, 2015 11:16 AM

“Part of a growth philosophy is making employees understand they must be life-long learners to remain a viable part of the organization. The days of learning ‘your job,’ and working it for years, are over. This is a new concept to many people - unless an organization emphasizes this point, employees tend to become static in their learning.”
~Jeff Kortes, a nationally-known speaker, writer and consultant on employee retention and engagement  
Read Wednesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Kortes: Wrestling with employee retention.

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BizTimes Bubbler Executive of the Week: Tom Palzewicz
April 16, 2015 11:22 AM

Tom Palzewicz, managing partner of ActionCOACH
Company address: 13150 Watertown Plank Rd. Suite 200, Elm Grove, WI 53122
Industry: Business Coaching
Number of employees: 19
Family: Wife Terri, sons Max (CPA with SVA Accounting) and Erik (WCTC student), and daughter Maddie (senior at Brookfield Central, attending UW-Madison in the fall)

What was the smartest thing ActionCOACH of Elm Grove did in the past year?
“The smartest thing we did in the last year was create a five-year-plan with the help of our coaches and management team. My partners, Jim Palzewicz and Chris Carman, and I decided to take advantage of our internal talent and utilize the team in the planning process. One of the most difficult things for a company to do is to treat yourself as a client, in fact your best client. We focus on creating congruency between what we do to grow our own business and how we help our clients get results with their businesses. Bringing the team into the strategic planning process allows them to take ownership of the results of the business and provides a structure of accountability to ensure growth is at the forefront of everything we do.”  

What’s new at your company?
“We just announced the opening of our first of five satellite offices in the southeast Wisconsin region. We are moving into the Foundations Bank building in Pewaukee on May 1. We also announced the beginnings of a downtown location starting on the same date. We will be utilizing space at the Hudson Business Lounge in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward while we search for a more permanent space. In addition to the new offices, we are bringing on two additional business coaches, one for the current Elm Grove space and one for the Pewaukee office. We have also hired another admin for our Pewaukee office and a marketing intern.”  

Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?
“Our plan is to add four more coaches in the fall of this year. In order to reach our goal of coaching 1,000 businesses in southeastern Wisconsin we are going to need around 50 business coaches. As far as investments in the business, our major push has been and will continue to be our overall marketing efforts. Most business owners still do not understand what a business coach can do for them and their business. Most business owners consider it a sign of weakness or failure if they need to reach out for help. We think about it in an entirely different way. All high performers know that we need someone to be there to push us when we need it, hold out a hand when we need help and hold us accountable for our actions so we can achieve the success we choose.”

What will be your company’s main challenges in the next year?
“Our main challenge continues to be market awareness. We think every business owner needs four main advisors in their business; an accountant to make sure the scorecard is accurate, a banker to provide funding for growth, an attorney to manage the risk and a business coach to ensure there is a strategic plan and everyone is on the same page. We have been in this marketplace since 2004 and we are just starting to see results from our current PR and marketing efforts. Our current list of over 100 clients contains almost every type of business and we are steadily getting referrals but the market awareness needs to grow.”  

How competitive is the business coaching industry in southeastern Wisconsin?
“The business coaching industry is still in its infancy. Our biggest competitor continues to be the go-it-alone mentality that most business owners have. Most companies do not have a budget line item for business coaching and personal growth, yet every business owner knows that for their business to grow, they need to grow. Our process that we use to help owners understand return on investment allows the owner to make an informed decision about what coaching can do for them and their team. Our focus on ROI is in addition to the other benefits of coaching which include a better team and increased life quality for the owner.”

What interested you in becoming a certified business coach? What coaching services are your specialties?
“I became a business coach because I love to help people grow. When I first started at ActionCOACH my background in finance and accounting allowed me to help many business owners in these areas. I found this to be rewarding but limiting. After many years of teaching I decided to write a book to encompass what I had learned and wanted to teach. Consistent Cash Flow came out in April of 2014. You can find it on Amazon or just stop by our offices if you would like a copy. What I really enjoy now from a coaching standpoint is helping people overcome their main challenge that is keeping them from being the best leader they can be.”

How would you describe ActionCOACH’s culture?
“We have 14 points of culture that we live by every day. We hire based on our culture and we run our business with the team holding each other accountable to the culture. I have learned over the years that this is by far the most important component to building a business. We have created an empowered and drama-free environment that allows the team to grow and take on responsibility for the health of the business.”

Do you have a business mantra?
“My business mantra comes from the teachings of Ekhart Tolle – letting go of resistance and negativity and allowing things to unfold through a positive mindset and belief in the ability of others. Hire passionate and smart people, give them training and education and make sure to get out of their way. It is way easier to inspire motivated people than to motivate uninspired people.”

From a business standpoint, who do you look up to?
“I really admire two business people, one of them I know and one of them I would like to meet. Our founder, Brad Sugars, has been instrumental in helping us to achieve the high level of coaching ability we have gained over the last 10 years. His vision and knowledge of the industry has given us the tools and confidence to be where we are today. Richard Branson is another great visionary that I look up to. His passion and enthusiasm for people is amazing. He continually focuses on how to make greatness a part of everything he does.”

What was the best advice you ever received?
“At ActionCOACH, we are fortunate to be able to see some of the best speakers available in the world. One of the more impactful presentations I witnessed was from the author of Success Magazine, Darren Hardy. Darren’s view on daily discipline and short term pain for long term gain solidified my perspective that greatness is achieved one day at a time, not through some lucky event or brilliant strategy. Eighty percent of life is just showing up and doing the things you already know you need to do!”

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Hot Bubbler Books
April 16, 2015 11:25 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:

1. “Do the Kind Thing,” by Daniel Lubetzky
2. “Data Driven,” by Jenny Dearborn
3. “Force for Good,” by John Taft
4. “Jim Cramer’s Get Rich Carefully,” by James Cramer
5. “Homemakers,” by Brit Morin

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Bubbler Calendar
April 16, 2015 11:26 AM

*Thursday, April 16, the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation will hold a class on “Exploring Entrepreneurship – Do You Have What It Takes?” The free course will brief participants on the considerations they need to make in starting a business, how to begin market research and how to gauge if their business idea is feasible and sustainable. Participants will also receive resources on licensing, regulations, financing and more. The course will run from 6 to 7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at Schlitz Park, located at 1555 N. RiverCenter Drive in Milwaukee. For more information or to register, click here.

*Monday, April 20, FUEL Milwaukee and WCREW will present a workshop that will allow attendees to explore the strength of their circle of influence. The interactive workshop will advise attendees on how to frame their professional focus and connect with key mentors and peers. The event will feature a presentation by Alonzo Kelly, founder of Kelly Leadership Group. The workshop will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ellipse Community Room of East Library, located at 2320 N. Cramer St. in Milwaukee. Cost is $20 for FUEL and WCREW members and $30 for non-members. Lunch and a tour of the new East Library will be included. For more information or to register, click here.

*Wednesday, April 22, Marquette University president Michael Lovell will headline the Milwaukee Press Club’s Newsmaker Luncheon. Lovell will discuss the future of Marquette and the collaborations he is building with the community as he is interviewed by a panel of Milwaukee journalists. The discussion will be moderated by BizTimes executive editor Steve Jagler. The event will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newsroom Pub, 137 E. Wells St. in downtown Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Press Club presents the Newsmaker Luncheons to shed light on issues of the day. The public is invited to attend the luncheons. The cost to attend is $18 for MPC members, $23 for non-members and $13 for students. Lunch is included. Seating will be limited. Advance registration and payment are required. To register to attend, visit

*Wednesday, April 22, UW-Milwaukee’s School of Continuing Education will hold an information session on “First Steps to Starting a Business.” Along with learning how to evaluate the feasibility of a business idea, participants will learn how to weigh the risks and rewards of starting a business and calculate costs. The course will also cover marketing strategies, legal considerations, financial resources available to entrepreneurs 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. in downtown Milwaukee. Cost is $29, and seating is limited. For more information or to secure a spot, click here.

*Thursday, April 23, Milwaukee will hold a Well City Celebration themed “Making Wellness the Way of Work.” The program, in its seventh year, will salute the work of more than 40 area companies who together have enabled Milwaukee to become the first city to ever receive the Wellness Council of America’s Well City USA Award a second time. The event will feature a keynote address by Ryan Picarella, president of WELCOA, and recognition of participating employers. The celebration will run from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Italian Conference Center, located at 631 E. Chicago St. in Milwaukee. Cost for individuals is $55. For more information or to register, click here.

*Saturday, April 25, Concordia University Wisconsin will host an education career fair at its Center for Environmental Stewardship. The fair will cater to certified teaching and administrative positions, including licensed literacy teachers, school administrators and school counselors. Representatives from area school districts will be present. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Concordia University Wisconsin is located at 12800 Lake Shore Drive in Mequon. For more information, contact Krista Oldenburg of Career Services at 262-243-4340 or visit

*Thursday, April 30, BizTimes Media and ActionCOACH of Elm Grove will present a workshop on “Leadership: Building Your Dream Team” as part of the Next Stage Workshop Series. The session will feature a keynote address, a panel discussion and an interactive workshop component, all focused on how business owners and executives can develop a quality team that will be able to support their vision. Deanna Tillisch, president and chief executive officer of the United Performing Arts Fund, will give the keynote address. The event will run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Sheraton Hotel, located at 375 S. Moorland Rd. in Brookfield. Cost is $30 for individuals and $240 for a corporate table of eight. For more information or to register, visit

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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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