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Concordia University Wisconsin

Concordia University Wisconsin’s online Master’s in Educational Administration Degree Programs have been ranked No. 13 nationally by

The online resource serves prospective college students with school rankings, information about degree programs, and articles related to both academics and career paths. Mequon-based CUW was listed in a Web article titled “The 25 Best Online Master’s in Education Degree Programs.” The list was compiled according to factors such as academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths and reputation.

Carson’s Ribs of Milwaukee

Carson’s Ribs of Milwaukee has earned a 2014 Diners’ Choice Award as one of the Top 30 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. The designation comes from OpenTable, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in online real-time restaurant reservation services. Carson’s Ribs of Milwaukee, located in The Moderne, 301 W. Juneau Ave. in Milwaukee, opened in June 2013 as the third restaurant of its kind. Carson’s has a location in Chicago, which also captured an award, and in Deerfield, Ill. The restaurant is known for its barbecue dishes, including chicken, pork chops and barbecue ribs. The annual restaurant awards program selects winners through the opinions of more than five million restaurant reviews entered by OpenTable diners. Reviews represent about 19,000 restaurants across the country. To highlight its award, Carson’s Ribs of Milwaukee has expanded its offerings with a new “Drink & Dine” menu that features some of its top dishes and beverages.


Kevin Steiner, president and chief executive officer of West Bend Mutual Insurance Co., was recently honored with the MACC (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) Fund’s “Don Contardi Commitment Award.” Jon McGlocklin, president and co-founder of the MACC Fund, presented the award to Steiner during an Aug. 18 program in West Bend’s Prairie Center. The program was part of West Bend Mutual Insurance’s fifth biennial “Silver Lining MACC Fund Event,” a golf outing and fundraiser held at the West Bend Country Club. This year’s event raised almost $450,000 for the MACC Fund, which supports pediatric cancer and blood disorder research in Wisconsin. The award is named for Don Contardi, one of the early members of the MACC Fund board of directors and a Milwaukee commercial real estate executive. Contardi, who died in 1984 after a battle with cancer, dedicated much of his energy to fighting childhood cancer. The award recognizes an individual or company that shares his dedication. Steiner also serves on the organization’s board of directors.

Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin

LouAnn Herriges of Anderson’s Insurance Associates in New Berlin was elected president of the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin Inc. during the association’s 65th annual convention, held in early August at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva. Herriges will serve as president for the 2014-’15 term. Additionally, Michael Keener of Keener Insurance Solutions LLC in Germantown was elected to serve a three-year term on the association’s board of directors. Tracy Oestreich, also of Anderson’s Insurance Associates, received the Stony Steinbach Achievement Award at the convention. The PIAW is a Madison-based trade association of more than 600 independent insurance agencies and more than 3,500 agents and employees.

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