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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Summit to demonstrate creative problem solving at work
October 23, 2014 11:09 AM
As about 350 of Milwaukee's creative professionals converge at the 2014 Creative Milwaukee @ Work Summit on Friday, they'll have a chance to witness creative problem solving in action with a dozen presentations highlighting ways the tool has inspired change.
With creative problem solving at the center of the third annual summit, attendees will hear firsthand from 12 area thought leaders who have effectively applied creative problem solving to large-scale issues in Milwaukee.

The problem solving approach challenges individuals and organizations to tackle issues in “imaginative and innovative” ways, according to Maggie Jacobus, president and executive director of Creative Alliance Milwaukee, the lead driver of the summit.

Presenters will tell their stories of innovation using PechaKucha, a strict presentation style in which a speaker prepares 20 images to share and has 20 seconds to discuss each one.

The presentation style, native to Japan, is a very tight and focused format that forces speakers to really zero in on the best part of their story, said Michael Rampolla, chief consulting officer of Milwaukee-based consulting firm The Guy Behind The Guy and emcee of the presentations.

“We wanted to present a diverse set of presenters from different parts of the Milwaukee community who have used creative problem solving to achieve better outcomes, and to do that in a short amount of time we are using this format which, by its structure, encourages creativity and encourages great storytelling,” Rampolla said.

Much like the summit’s pool of attendees, the lineup of presenters will represent a range of industries and backgrounds from Milwaukee’s creative class, including nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, designers and communications professionals.

Presenters include Mark Fairbanks of Islands of Brilliance; Carol Voss of the Bay View Neighborhood Association; Young Kim of Fondy Food Center, Inc.; Rashaad Washington of Pro Trade Job Development; Oscar Wient Jes of the Green Glass Company; Bill Blank of Brady Corporation; Melissa Goins of Maures Development Group; Jeff Richlen of Harley-Davidson; Sara Meaney of DearMKE; and Dan Mueller of Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin.

Following their presentations, speakers will engage in Q&A sessions with attendees to build on their PechaKucha slideshows.

Their examples of creative problem solving at work will help set a foundation for attendees to understand how creative problem solving can address community issues. The examples will help guide attendees through their own creative problem solving process at the summit as they apply the tools and techniques they learn to three of Milwaukee’s most prominent economic and community development projects: The future of 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, The Commons, and the Greater Together Challenge.

“It’s going to open up a lot of people’s eyes in terms of what they can actually do,” said Gary Mueller, EVP creative director of BVK.

Mueller will introduce all three projects at the summit before attendees break into workshops to brainstorm how to move forward on each one through a creative problem solving approach. Each workshop will welcome creatives to pitch real solutions – solutions that may be unconventional to other change agents in Milwaukee, Mueller said.

“I hope we see real change out of this,” he said.

BizTimes Media is serving as a sponsor of the sold-out summit, which will be held at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. For more event information, visit

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Caliendo to entertain Bucks fans at home opener
October 23, 2014 11:14 AM
The Milwaukee Bucks will open their 2014-15 season on Friday, Oct. 31, with help from celebrated comedian, actor and impressionist Frank Caliendo, who hails from Waukesha.

Caliendo, who attended Waukesha South High School and UW-Milwaukee, will entertain the arena during halftime of the home opener through a mix of comedy routines and impressions.

Caliendo is now known across the world but launched his stand-up comedy career at night clubs and comedy venues in the Milwaukee area.

The Oct. 31 opener is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. To purchase tickets, visit

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Executives nominated for seats on MMAC board
October 23, 2014 11:16 AM
Seven executives have been nominated to assume seats of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

The nominees are: Alan Antoniewicz, president and chief operating officer of Spancrete; Giacomo Fallucca, president and chief executive officer of Palermo Villa Inc.; David Gay, managing partner of the Milwaukee office of Ernst & Young; Jeff Mueller, group president of Broan-NuTone LLC; Jonas Prising, CEO of ManpowerGroup; Gregory Wesley, equity partner and co-chair of the Labor & Employment Law Group at Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan; and Ray Wilson, assurance partner of the greater Chicago market at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Directors re-nominated for three-year terms are: Carl Brown, Red Brown Kle;  Brad Chapin, BMO Harris Bank;  Jon Hammes, Hammes Co.;  Jerome Janzer, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.;  Aldo Madrigrano, Beer Capitol Distributing Co.;  John McDermott, Rockwell Automation Corp.;  Tracy Meeks, Seaway Bank & Trust Co.;  Gina Peter, Wells Fargo Bank N.A.;  Austin Ramirez, HUSCO International;  Michael Russek, Astronautics Corp. of America;  and Jon Splude, JWS Classics.

The new members will be up for installation at the MMAC’s Nov. 24 all-member meeting.

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Marketplace Governor's Awards finalists announced
October 23, 2014 11:20 AM
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has named 18 finalists for the 2014 Marketplace Governor's Awards, including 10 Milwaukee-area companies.

The Marketplace Governor’s Awards recognize minority, women and service-disabled veteran business owners across the state. The finalists were chosen from among 200 applicants.

An awards luncheon will be held today at Marketplace 2014, the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development, at the Potawatomi Expo Center in Milwaukee.

Small and large business winners will be announced in two categories: “The Outstanding Business Award” for established businesses that have demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past five years and have plans for further expansion; and “The Rising Star Award” for businesses established after 2010 that have demonstrated strong growth potential.

The local companies in the Outstanding Large Business Award category are: Able Access Transportation LLC of Milwaukee, Fusion Integrated Solutions of Milwaukee and Insulation Technologies Inc. of Milwaukee. In the Outstanding Small Business Award category are: Advance Lawn Service Company LLC of Hartford, Clean Rite Supply Inc. of Brookfield, P3 Development Group LLC of Milwaukee and The Quest Co. of Waukesha. And the local Rising Star Award finalists are: Middleton Construction Consulting LLC of Milwaukee, ScopeBridge LLC of Milwaukee and USA Mobile Drug Testing of South Milwaukee.

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Naumann named executive director of Downtown Kenosha Inc.
October 23, 2014 11:22 AM
Downtown Kenosha Inc., an organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Kenosha, hired Christopher Naumann to serve as its executive director.

Naumann is leaving his current role as the executive director of On Broadway Inc., a main street organization in Green Bay.

“We are very happy that Christopher has accepted this opportunity with our organization and our community,” said Downtown Kenosha board chair Paul McDonough. “His experience and success in growing and managing a similar organization in Green Bay makes him an ideal fit to lead DKI.”

Naumann has been the executive director of On Broadway for nearly five years. During that time, he has helped lead numerous revitalization efforts and events including the Titletown Brewery expansion, the Platten Place renovation, and the growth of the ever-popular Farmers’ Market On Broadway- the second largest farmers’ market in the state of Wisconsin. Prior to his work at On Broadway, Naumann worked as an architect and planner and was part of many projects including the $1 billion expansion of the Mall of America.

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Health Care Heroes nominations still being accepted
October 23, 2014 11:24 AM
BizTimes Media will continue to accept nominations for the Health Care Heroes Awards through Oct. 31.

The Health Care Heroes Awards recognize individuals and/or organizations in the southeastern Wisconsin health care community who are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in our area. The goals of the program are to recognize excellence, promote innovation, encourage emulation of successful programs, educate the general public, contribute to the enhancement of the value and quality of health care and, ultimately, recognize those individuals and/or organizations that deserve a nod of appreciation.

Awards include Advancements in Health Care, Community Service, Corporate Achievement in Health Care, First Responder and more.

The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee-West, 10499 W. Innovation Drive in Wauwatosa.

For more information or to nominate, visit

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Milwaukee Biz Blog: Five lessons for the young professional toolkit
October 23, 2014 11:25 AM
Climbing the workplace ladder can prove difficult if not equipped with the right skills to make it to the top. From busing tables at 15, to studying abroad during college, to heading up the Human Resources Department and eventually becoming president and COO of Cousins Subs, I've uncovered a few key tactics to overcome obstacles, advance professionally and navigate the ever-changing workplace.

Read more in Monday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Christine Specht-Palmert, who recently spoke at the BizTimes Get Smarter Conference.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
October 23, 2014 11:27 AM

“Successful people generally self-regulate better than less successful people and therefore waste less time and energy. It's not that we need to be a productivity robot 16 hours a day; rather, it's just helpful to exert a bit more control over our choices.”
~Julie Henszey, a speaker, executive coach, author and owner of Next Step Goals LLC.
Read Wednesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Henszey: ‘Don’t let conflicting goals bring you down.’

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Hot Bubbler Books
October 23, 2014 11:28 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:

1. “Zero to One,” by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
2. “Education of a Value Investor,” by Guy Spier
3. “Innovating Women,” by Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya
4. “Small Business Online Marketing Handbook,” by Annie Tsai
5. “Smartcuts,” by Shane Snow

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BizTimes Around Town: TEMPO Milwaukee Leadership Event
October 23, 2014 11:30 AM
TEMPO Milwaukee welcomed Pattie Sellers of Fortune Magazine to its 2014 Leadership Event, held on Oct. 16 at Hilton Milwaukee City Center. The annual event brings together business and community leaders for a discussion on how to optimize effectiveness in the workplace. Sellers, whose career has largely centered on covering top women executives, shared what she has learned about power and women in leadership across industries. BizTimes Media was a sponsor of the event.

Check out BizTimes’ Around Town gallery of the event here.

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