Biz Notes

Jim Mueller, former president of Frank Haack & Associates and Zywave, has launched an independent consulting firm to help direct companies through heath care reform as the Affordable Care Act rolls out. The firm, Mueller QAAS (Quality, Affordability, Accessibility and Strategy), will allow business owners to outline employee benefit strategies more efficiently while managing their organizations. Mueller QAAS has two attorneys on its staff. The firm is located at N19 W24400 Riverwood Dr., Ste. 100 in Waukesha. For more information, visit


The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) surpassed its 2013 UPAF Campaign goal and raised a record $11 million to be distributed among several performing arts organizations in southeastern Wisconsin. The 2013 goal focused on exceeding last year’s campaign total by 10 percent, but the total raised this year exceeded the 2012 campaign by about nine percent. UPAF announced its fundraising success during the 2013 UPAF Campaign Finale, a celebration following the organization’s annual UPAF Ride for the Arts bike outing held on June 2. More than 7,000 individuals took part in the bike outing, which was sponsored by Miller Lite. The 2013 campaign was chaired by Charles Harvey, corporate vice president of diversity and public affairs at Johnson Controls Inc.; Gail Lione, community volunteer; and Gary (Skip) Poliner, president of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. Inc.

Wellness Council of Wisconsin

The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) in conjunction with its local affiliate, the Wellness Council of Wisconsin, recently honored seven Wisconsin employers with the Well Workplace Awards. Gold Well Workplace Awards went to six organizations including Chr. Hansen Inc., Milwaukee. The Well Workplace Awards are distributed throughout the year to employers across the country that have incorporated corporate health initiatives into their companies to enhance quality of life for their employees. Award winners are determined through a set of criteria related to WELCOA’s seven benchmarks for a results-oriented Well Workplace.


Brookfield-based Centare was recently named a finalist for the 2013 Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Partner of the Year. This marks the second time that Centare has been recognized by Microsoft. This year’s competition received more than 3,000 entries submitted by companies from more than 100 countries. The annual awards honor Microsoft partners for offering innovative solutions to their customers. All honorees will be recognized for their achievements at the 2013 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Houston, in July.

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.

The Milwaukee Bar Association (MBA) has honored attorney Robert L. Habush, of Milwaukee-based Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes lawyers whose career achievements in the practice of law and community service reflect excellence. Habush’s career, extending more than 50 years, has included a number of high-profile jury awards in the state and in federal courthouses. One of his most significant legal achievements involved his role as lead attorney for the state of Wisconsin in the lawsuit it filed against the tobacco industry, a case in which he helped secure a $6 billion dollar settlement. Habush has also served as a professor at both of Wisconsin’s law schools and has been an active philanthropist in the state. On a national level, he is known as an author and lecturer. Habush accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MBA’s annual meeting and luncheon held at the Italian Conference on June 11.

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