Biz Notes

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation recently saluted three of Milwaukee’s top community leaders at its 98th annual meeting held at the Harley-Davidson Museum. The organization honored Dan Bader, president and chief executive officer of the Helen Bader Foundation, with the William C. Frye Award for devoting time and funds to youth development, workforce development, and aging and Alzheimer’s. Juli Kaufmann, founder of Fix Development LLC, received the Frank Kirkpatrick Award for helping develop an all-around healthier city through her company and her involvement with initiatives like the Mayor’s Green Team. And Victor Barnett, founder and executive director of Running Rebels Community Organization, was recognized with the Doug Jansson Leadership Award sponsored by BMO Private Bank for opening up jobs and skills training as well as mentoring and scholarship opportunities for underserved youth. The annual meeting and awards ceremony was supported by sponsors JP Morgan, BMO Harris, U.S. Bank, and the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee

The Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee has designated Rob Goodman, founder of First Stage Children’s Theater, the 2013 recipient of its Kiwanis Milwaukee Award. Goodman has been with the Milwaukee theater company for 25 years, serving as artistic director and managing director. Under Goodman’s direction, the theater has amplified Wisconsin’s arts-in-education initiatives with Theater in Education programs that impact more than 20,000 kids every year.

Sprecher Brewing Company

Sprecher Brewing Company, based in Glendale, captured nine awards at the 2013 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer competition. The competition is overseen by Fairplex, formerly known as the L.A. County Fairgrounds, and is registered with the Beer Judge Certification Program as well as the Brewers Association. Winning brews are determined by a blind-tasting session. Sprecher Brewing Company received a gold medal for its Commando brew and silver medals for its Black Bavarian brew, Mai Bock brew, and Firelight brew (associated with its subsidiary company chameleon Brewing Company). Sprecher also took home bronze medals for its Czar Brew variety, Dopple Bock variety, and Irish Stout variety and claimed honorable mention for its Abbey Triple brew and its Shakparo brew (also from Chameleon Brewing Company).


Milwaukee-based engineering firm GRAEF has been recognized with two awards from the American Planning Association-Wisconsin (APA-WI). An “Innovations in Planning” award highlights a Sustainable Development Guidebook that the firm created for the City of Oak Creek’s Drexel Town Square project. A “Student Project” award honors UW-Milwaukee graduate student and GRAEF planner Craig Huebner for his final thesis exploring development along the proposed Milwaukee Streetcar line.

Orbis Corporation

Orbis Corp., an Oconomowoc-based manufacturer of plastic pallets, totes, dunnage and bulk systems; received the 2012 Rexam Supplier Excellence Award for Best Support. Orbis produces and manages pallets for Rexam Beverage North America to distribute its cans from manufacturing facilities to customer filling plants. Orbis oversees the management process of its pallets through its Reusable Packaging Management service so that clients like Rexam can transport their products more efficiently and with more consideration for the environment. Orbis assisted Rexam during the beverage company’s biggest inventory build to date. The award is part of Rexam’s annual Supplier Excellence Program.

PEC Meetings Company

Milwaukee-based PEC Meetings Company, formerly called Professional Events and Consulting LLC, has launched a rebranding effort to shift the company’s focus to its meeting and convention planning services. With the rebranding, the company unveiled a new logo and tagline and restructured its marketing initiatives. The company’s core offerings are focused on meeting and convention planning, but it also specializes in incentive travel and special events.

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