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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Marquette adds five new members to board of trustees
September 25, 2014 11:21 AM
Marquette University’s board of trustees has expanded its base with five new members, according to an announcement made by the university today.
“Our new board members represent diverse perspectives that will give even greater depth and breadth to our decision-making processes,” said university president Michael Lovell, Ph.D. “As we seek to develop new and innovative partnerships with businesses and other academic institutions, the expertise these individuals bring to the table will be invaluable. I look forward to working with them closely to ensure we’re delivering on our promise to provide a transformational student experience that is second-to-none.”

The election of the new board members comes on the heels of Lovell’s inauguration on Friday, when he announced a collection of partnerships and projects he set into action during his first months on campus.

New board members are:

*Robert Eck, a 1980 graduate of the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and president and chief executive officer of Glenview, Ill.-based Anixter International, Inc.

*Jon Hammes, founder and managing partner of Brookfield-based Hammes Company.

*Nancy Hernandez, a 2002 graduate of the Graduate School of Management and president and founder of ABRAZO Multicultural Marketing and Communication. The agency has offices in Milwaukee and El Paso, Texas.

*Rev. Patrick McGrath, S.J., president of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill. The institution is the largest Jesuit high school in the country.

*Rev. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. O’Brien also serves as a lecturer in Georgetown’s Department of Theology, is an award-winning author and serves as a consultor to the provincial of the Maryland Province of Jesuits.

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ABC News anchor Dan Harris to keynote Alverno conference
September 25, 2014 11:23 AM
During Alverno College’s “Alverno Community Conference,” scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3, attendees will have an opportunity to hear directly from Dan Harris, an award-winning anchor for ABC News and a New York Times bestselling author.
Harris will keynote the conference, which as in past years will bring together the Alverno community to discuss research around a designated theme. This year’s conference will abide by the theme “A Matter of Mindfulness,” to be explored through 40 topics over the course of three concurrent sessions along with the keynote address.

Harris’ book “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Rescued Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story,” hit shelves in March. Drawing from his book, Harris will inform attendees about ways he has learned to make “the most of the here-and-now,” according to an announcement from Alverno College.

“The Alverno Community Conference intends to give participants opportunities to experience the vast array of practices associated with mindfulness,” said Amy Shapiro, professor of philosophy and a lead organizer of the conference. “Recent scientific research has shown that mindfulness practices have profound consequences for those who engage them – from better concentration to greater happiness to reducing stress and anxiety and increasing well-being to managing and reducing depression to even curing physical ailments associated with stress.”

Harris’ keynote address is being co-presented by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee.

The community conference is open to the public and will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Alverno’s campus. Alverno is located at 3400 S. 43rd St. in Milwaukee.

“This conference is meant to be a contribution to our whole community in giving participants strategies for better living and, as a consequence, making our world a better place,” Shapiro said.

For more information or to register, click here.

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Marcus inducted into Press Club circle
September 25, 2014 11:24 AM
The Milwaukee Press Club recently inducted Stephen Marcus into its Circle of the Knights of Bohemia. Marcus is the former chief executive officer of The Marcus Corp.
The honor recognizes exemplary community leadership. The knighting ceremony took place on Tuesday at the Newsroom Pub in downtown Milwaukee.

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Johnson Controls names McDonald vice chairman
September 25, 2014 11:26 AM
Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc. on Tuesday announced that Bruce McDonald has been named executive vice president and vice chairman, effective immediately.
McDonald most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at the global multi-industrial company. In the newly created role of vice chairman, he will be responsible for guiding operational and financial performance and leading the procurement, corporate development, investor relations, enterprise ERP implementation and responsibility for discontinued operations businesses.

McDonald has worked at Johnson Controls since 2001, and was appointed chief financial officer in 2005 and executive vice president in 2006. He previously worked in financial roles at Ernst & Young and Varity Corp. McDonald holds a bachelor’s in commerce from McMaster University. He is a chartered accountant and a certified public accountant.

"Bruce's demonstrated success and leadership at Johnson Controls give me every confidence that he will make an impact with this new role," said Alex Molinaroli, chairman and chief executive officer. "This appointment will enable us to deliver on both the short- and long-term commitments we have made to our customers, our employees and our shareholders."

Brian Stief has been promoted to chief financial officer to take McDonald’s place. He most recently served as vice president and corporate controller. Stief joined Johnson Controls in 2010. He previously was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked for more than 30 years. Stief holds a bachelor’s in finance and accounting from the University of Iowa.

"These well-deserved promotions for Bruce and Brian reflect the company's long-standing commitment to leadership excellence, and will help us achieve our growth objectives as we further establish Johnson Controls as a global multi-industrial leader in our markets," Molinaroli said.

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BizTimes accepting Health Care Heroes nominations
September 25, 2014 11:28 AM
BizTimes Media is accepting nominations for its Health Care Heroes Awards, which honor individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in our area.
The inspirational program recognizes excellence, promotes innovation, encourages emulation of successful programs, educates the general public and contributes to the enhancement of the value and quality of health care.

BizTimes is accepting nominations for the following categories:

* Advancements in Health Care: Honors a company or individual primarily responsible for a scientific discovery or for the development of a new medical product or procedure.
* Behavioral Health: Honors an individual or organization for its leadership, commitment and care on behavioral health issues.
* Community Service: Honors an individual or an organization for leadership in focusing on solving a particular health care issue.
* Corporate Achievement in Health Care: Honors a company that has successfully implemented an innovative health care product, process or service.
* Executive Leadership: Honors a senior-level individual who demonstrates strong skills in leading his or her organization in quality care, collaboration and financial management.
* First Responder: Honors a person who arrived on the scene of a health care emergency, utilizing his or her training to treat and comfort the patient in need.
* Health Care Staff: Honors an individual who has made a significant difference in the wellbeing of others.
* Nurse: Honors an individual from the nursing field whose performance on the job is considered exemplary by patients, peers and physicians.
* Physician: Honors a physician whose performance on the job is considered exemplary by patients and peers.
* Volunteer: Honors an individual who has done volunteer work for the good of one or more people or the entire community.

Nominations will be judged on documented accomplishments, and winners will be notified in early November. All Health Care Heroes Award winners will be profiled in the print and online editions of BizTimes Milwaukee. The winners will be saluted at a breakfast on Friday, Dec. 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee-West in Wauwatosa.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 17. To nominate a Health Care Hero, click here.

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Waukesha Metal Products wins national Manufacturing Day video contest
September 25, 2014 11:30 AM
Sussex-based Waukesha Metal Products was named the grand prize winner for the first-ever Manufacturing Day video contest. Manufacturing Day, taking place on Friday, Oct. 3, is an annual celebration of manufacturing in North America, and its new video contest was a way for all organizations to share how they celebrate the day and why others should as well.
Waukesha Metal Products’ video was selected by a panel of judges from the Manufacturing Day co-producer organizations because of the way it illustrated the event’s values, including pride in manufacturing, the important role manufacturers play in their communities and a commitment to inspire the next generation of manufacturers in America.

“Waukesha Metal Products is honored to receive such an award,” said Amanda Lalley, sales and marketing specialist for the company. “As a manufacturer, the main reasons WMP chose to submit the video was to show the importance of manufacturing, provide ideas to others on what they can do for National Manufacturing Day, explain why celebrating National Manufacturing Day is important and encourage others to participate.”

Waukesha Metal Products also received the Upper Midwest regional prize in the video contest, which featured winners in the West, Southeast, Northeast and Lower Midwest in addition to the Upper Midwest. A total of 23 organizations submitted videos for the contest. (View the award-winning videos here. [HYPERLINK:])

All five winners’ videos are featured on the Manufacturing Day website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. They also received a complimentary public showing license for the 2013 documentary “American Made Movie” and a choice of a Manufacturing Day banner or feather flag to use at their 2014 Manufacturing Day events.

As a grand prize winner, Waukesha Metal Products will also receive a visit to their “American Made Movie” screening by Mark Andol, the founder of the Made in America Store and the owner of General Welding & Fabricating Inc. in New York. He will introduce the movie and do a Q-and-A with the audience. Plus, Waukesha Metal Products will receive a $250 gift card to use in purchasing refreshments for the movie celebration and a scholarship in the company’s name based on a percentage of each licensed fee collected for scheduled screenings of “American Made Movie.”

“Manufacturing has a lot to offer, and it’s time our students, educators and communities see the great opportunities it can provide,” Lalley said. “Open your doors for National Manufacturing Day so people can experience manufacturing first-hand.”

Waukesha Metal Products is an international full-service provider of metal forming services, including custom metal stampings, sheet metal fabrications and in-house precision tooling. The company operates out of manufacturing facilities in Sussex, Grafton and San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Click here for a listing of local Manufacturing Day events.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
September 25, 2014 11:32 AM

“There is no need to panic about this virus, but there is reason to be cautious. The best thing do is to keep an eye on your family, and to make sure that if your child is not feeling well they get their symptoms checked by a professional.”
~Dr. Michael Jaeger is the managing medical director for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin.
Read last week’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Jaeger: What you need to know about Enterovirus D68.

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Bubbler Exec of the Week: McShane
September 25, 2014 11:34 AM

Cheryl A. McShane, CMP, president of PEC Meetings Company
Company address: 9224 W. Burleigh Street, Milwaukee, WI 53222
Industry: Hospitality industry, specifically hotel site selection and contracting for meetings and conventions
Number of employees: 5
Family: “I have a wonderful husband, John, of 25 years and two beautiful children. John is the vice president of operations for Veolia North America Industrial Solutions. My son, Ryan, is a senior at UW-Milwaukee. He is studying police science and plays baseball for UWM. My daughter, Taylor, is a sophomore at Kansas State studying business and animal science and rides on their equestrian team.”

What was the smartest thing PEC Meetings Company did in the past year?  
“PEC participated in the SBA Emerging Leaders Program. It is an outstanding program that provides the necessary tools and education for small businesses to analyze each department within their business, identify strengths and weaknesses and finally develop a strategy for growth. It has transformed our business!”

What’s new at your company?
“Our emphasis on hotel site selection and contract negotiations. We are still a full-service meeting and event planning firm; however, we have identified that small- to medium-sized organizations that hold meetings, conventions and user conferences really need our assistance with researching the best locations, reviewing contract clauses, assisting with details and monitoring their financial protection. There is a lot of legal language that, if not reviewed carefully, can expose an organization to potential financial damages. Our clients appreciate that we review all of the language, make changes and even provide alternative clauses that are written in the client’s best interest and provide financial protection. The beauty of this type of service is that it’s no cost to our clients.”

Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?
“Yes. We are currently in the process of developing a complete marketing strategy. Once that strategy is in place and has some time to permeate the market, we hope to hire additional staff.”

What will be your company’s main challenges in the next year?  
“Getting our message out to those organizations who need us most. Marketing is expensive, and for a small business it’s twice as hard. PEC is competing with nationwide companies and they have huge budgets, so their name recognition and reach is much greater.”  

What sets PEC Meetings Company apart from other area meeting and convention planners?
“PEC has a customized hotel contract model that allows us to develop clauses and language that protects the client. We don’t rely on the hotel’s contract that is usually written in the best interest of the hotel. We also take a systematic approach to site selection, contract negotiation and program management. Our clients are never on their own. From the beginning of a project to the post-conference wrap-up, we have a system in place to monitor and manage every detail. Lastly, we are open, honest and transparent with all of our work. Our clients are kept informed at all times and completely understand the process and the ramifications.”

How do you work to bring meetings and conventions to Milwaukee? What makes Milwaukee an attractive destination?
“Milwaukee is truly a hidden gem. We have many advantages, such as our clean and safe city, beautiful brand and boutique hotels, the gorgeous convention center, fun off-site activities such as Brewers Baseball, the Lakefront, our Midwest location and easy access from all parts of the country and friendly people. Those are all tools we use when selling Milwaukee as a destination, but because we’re dealing with corporations and associations that have to justify their spend, the number one reason often becomes affordability. You get all of what we describe and you get it at a reasonable price. Who could ask for anything more than that?”

Do you have a business mantra?
“PEC Meetings Company strives to deliver rewarding meeting and event experiences that exceed our client’s needs, and we foster long-standing relationships of mutual trust and understanding. We like to say that when we begin working with you it’s a business relationship, but through the process it becomes a genuine friendship.”

From a business standpoint, who do you look up to?  
“I look up to and applaud all women entrepreneurs and other women who make their dreams possible. We have obstacles that men usually don’t face and it’s important for us to help each other. WWBIC (Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation) does a very good job of this. They have helped many women-owned organizations succeed.”

What was the best advice you ever received?
“Run your business by the numbers! Running a business is tough, and if you’re not watching your financials daily or weekly you can get yourself into a difficult situation. If you run your business by the numbers, you have a strong foundation on which to make solid decisions.”

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you in your career?  
“While entering a hotel for a business meeting in New York and having to pass through a revolving door my business partner entered very close behind me.  It caused the door to stop and both she and I became wedged in between the door and the wall and we were unable to get through.  We clumsily backed up the door and then walked through. All this while meeting attendees watched. Talk about a grand entrance! We still laugh about it to this day!”

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Hot Bubbler Books
September 25, 2014 11:36 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:
1. “The Lenovo Way,” by Gina Qiao and Yolanda Conyers
2. “Resource Revolution,” by Stefan Heck and Matt Rogers
3. “Together Teacher,” by Maia Heyck Merlin
4. “Think Like a Freak,” by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
5. “Shift Your Brilliance,” by Simon Bailey

Courtesy of 800 CEO Read.

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BizTimes Around Town: Marquette presidential inauguration
September 25, 2014 11:37 AM
Marquette University inaugurated Michael Lovell, Ph.D., on Friday, Sept. 19, at the Al McGuire Center on campus. He announced several large-scale initiatives that will extend the university’s presence in Milwaukee and expand its collaborations with other institutions and private sector partners.
Check out BizTimes’ Around Town gallery of the inauguration ceremony here.

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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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