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VISIT Milwaukee

VISIT Milwaukee was recently recognized with Meetings & Conventions’ 2013 Gold Service Award, which salutes convention and visitors bureaus that have demonstrated excellence in their professionalism and dedication to services.

Award winners were selected after evaluation of several benchmarks, including professionalism of staff, support of hotels and site inspections, assistance with ground transportation planning, guidance on local attractions, and liaison with local vendors and services. VISIT Milwaukee is being highlighted with other award winners in Meeting & Conventions’ Gold Awards issue this November.


Brookfield-based Pinstripe Inc. was recently ranked as a top job creator in the Inc. Hire Power Awards. Pinstripe serves employers with recruitment process outsourcing and strategic talent management solutions. The company created more than 200 jobs between the start of 2012 and mid-2013, prior to its merger with U.K.-based Ochre House. Pinstripe is among 437 private firms in 25 categories that were recognized for creating jobs in the U.S. Pinstripe was rated 60th overall, sixth in the human resources category, and third in Wisconsin.


The De Pere Riverwalk and Wildlife Viewing Pier, located in De Pere, Wis., have been recognized with the Best Public Improvement Award by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC). The project has also been selected as the first place winner of ENR Midwest’s Best Projects of 2013 in the landscape/hardscape category. Milwaukee-based GRAEF was the design and construction engineering consultant on the $3.6 million project. The project began in 2007 and was completed in two phases from December 2011 through May 2013. Phase I encompassed construction of a pedestrian bridge, lift bridge, raised boardwalk and paved pedestrian walk. Phase II enhanced the recreational area with a wildlife viewing pier and fishing dock.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. honored minority- and women-owned Wisconsin companies for their achievements and contributions to the state this year during the Marketplace 2013 Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development, held in Milwaukee in October. The Outstanding Business Awards, presented by WEDC Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Secretary Ryan Murray, recognized minority- and women-owned businesses for overall business excellence in sales, product, customer relations, employment, and management dimensions. Rising Star Awards were given to minority- and women-owned businesses that have been operating for less than five years but have shown significant promise. 2013 business award winners include Menominee Tribal Enterprises, Belonger Corp., Seek Careers/Staffing Inc., Key Milwaukee, and BCP Transportation Inc. Runner-up companies include Superior Support Resources, The Quest Co., Big Horn Trucking LLC, Molded Dimensions Inc., MARS IT Corp., Glorious Malone’s Fine Sausage Inc., StrateVantage Communications LLC, and Rose Publications.

Waukesha County Technical College and Concordia University Wisconsin

Waukesha County Technical College and Concordia University Wisconsin have signed two articulation agreements that enable WCTC graduates of the Supervisory Management or Human Resources Management Associate of Applied Science degree programs to transfer all academic credits into the CUW Bachelor of Arts in Business Management or Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management degree programs. CUW’s courses roll out over six weeks and can be taken online or during evenings at the CUW-Waukesha Center, located at N14 W23777 Stone Ridge Dr., Ste. 290, Waukesha. Coursework could be completed in about two years, according to CUW.

Patina Solutions

Brookfield-based Patina Solutions has added a change effectiveness practice to assist clients in navigating change in their initiatives, operations and structure – from program launches and culture changes to business transformations, leadership changes, system implementations and restructuring. The new practice will help companies better align their employees, processes and technology as they transition through change, fostering acceptance and adoption of company adjustments among all departments and staff members. The new practice will be overseen by Greg Voeller, national practice director, change effectiveness.

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