Awards will honor bold companies and leaders

BizTimes Media is accepting nominations for its 2013 Bravo! Entrepreneur and IQ (Innovation Quotient) Awards.
The awards salute southeastern Wisconsin’s most bold, dynamic and innovative companies and corporate leaders.

The winners will be saluted at the ninth annual BizExpo, which will take place Thursday, May 16, at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

Last year, more than 3,000 business leaders attended the BizExpo, which featured more than 130 booth exhibitors and a series of impactful business seminars.

The Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards salute executives who exemplify strong company leadership, including vision, innovation, risk-taking and perseverance.

Last year’s Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards winners included: Sarit Singhal, CEO and president, Superior Support Services Inc.; Lori Zindl, president, OS inc.; Michael Coakley, managing partner, C.H. Coakley & Company; Jim Haertel, president, Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery; Michael Kopper, president, Centrisys Corp.; David Kasinskas, president and owner, Graphics Systems Corp.; Kyle Weatherly, president, Solaris; Michael Malatesta, founder and president, Advanced Waste Services; and Kitty Tierney, owner, Impressions Day Spa.

The 2012 Regional Spirit Award went to the Balistreri family, which owns and operates Sendik’s Food Markets.
The list of past recipients of the BizTimes Bravo! Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award reads like a “who’s who” of Milwaukee business leaders: Sheldon Lubar, founder and chairman of Lubar & Co.; Fritz and Debra Usinger of the Usinger family; Stephen Marcus of The Marcus Corp.; George Dalton of Fiserv Inc.; Robert Kern of Generac; Joe Zilber of Towne Realty; and Harry Quadracci of Quad/Graphics Inc.

The BizTimes IQ Awards celebrate innovations in business. The awards salute companies for their most innovative, clever and unique products, services or processes.

Last year’s IQ Awards recipients were: Bruno Independent Living Aids Inc.; Cilio Technologies; Custom Service Hardware; Johnson Controls Inc.; SHARP Literacy Inc.; ZoomShift, Milwaukee; GE Healthcare; Zero-Trace LLC; Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin; and Perfect Cross LLC.

For additional information about the BizExpo, visit

To nominate leader or company for a Bravo! Entrepreneur or IQ Awards, visit The online nomination process is free and simple. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominees for innovations nonprofit organizations also are accepted. Companies of all sizes are encouraged to participate.
In addition to being publicly honored at the BizExpo, the winners will be saluted in a special edition of BizTimes Milwaukee. To view a digital edition of last year’s publication, click here.

Steve Jagler is executive editor of BizTimes.

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