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Association Acumen

Milwaukee-based Association Acumen, a full-service association management company, was recently re-accredited by the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI). Fewer than 70 of the 500-plus Association Management Companies (AMCs) worldwide have achieved this accreditation mark. The AMC Institute is the global trade association representing the association management industry.

In order to become re-accredited, Association Acumen had to undergo a stringent evaluation by an independent outside auditor, who reviewed its operating policies and procedures onsite. Originally accredited in 2008, Association Acumen had to continue to demonstrate proficiency in such areas as client contracts, financial controls, insurance requirements, employee selection, evaluation and training, subcontracting and record keeping requirements. Keeping quality high is mandatory, since AMCs must earn re-accreditation every four years.

Foley & Lardner

The law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP was recently ranked fourth in The BTI Consulting Group BTI Client Service A-Team Report and BTI Client Service 30 lists as one of an elite group of firms serving the Fortune 1,000 in the delivery of exceptional client service. The firm is also named Best of the Best in The BTI Client Service A-Team Report for its commitment to help, one of 17 activities identified as driving superior client relationships. This is the ninth year Foley has been named to the prestigious BTI Client Service A-Team Report. The BTI Client Service 30 recognizes the top firms that perform five to 15 times better than all other law firms. This list is made up of the top 30 of The BTI Client Service A-Team Report, which includes more than 300 law firms. These firms are considered the Top 30 firms among the 650 law firms serving large and Fortune 1,000 clients.

Logan Productions

The “History of Horicon – Grain Drills to Gators” campaign done by Milwaukee-based Logan Productions Inc., recently won the 2011 Silver Davey Awards in the Film/Video History category, judged annually by the International Academy of Visual Arts (IAVA). The video was produced by Logan Productions Inc. to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the John Deere Horicon Works facility. The 25 minute video tells the story of how the Van Brunt grain drill factory grew into a modern, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. It’s a story about the people and culture of Horicon, Wisconsin working together towards a better future. With nearly 4,000 entries from around the world, the Davey Awards honors the finest creative work from the best small firms, agencies and companies.

Times Printing

Times Printing Co. Inc of Random Lake has been honored as the Best Workplace in the Americas 2011 for their exemplary human resources practices. A panel of highly respected HR professionals with decades of experience in the graphic arts industry reviewed the submissions. To be considered, a company must demonstrate concern for the workplace environment as well as the personal goals and ambitions of employees. Applicants were judged on eight criteria: management practices, work environment, training and development opportunities, financial security, workplace health and safety, work-life balance, recognition and rewards, and health and wellness programs.

Nalani Services

Menomonee Falls-based Nalani Services Inc., was recently selected by Feeding Mouths, Filling Minds Inc., to create and design a logo and brand that supports the nonprofit organization’s mission. Feeding Mouths, Filling Minds is committed to reducing childhood hunger around the world by providing healthy sustainable food sources in impoverished communities. Through teaching orphanages and schools in these communities how to develop and maintain their own food sources, Feeding Mouths, Filling Minds provides skills that will allow them to become self sustaining and financially capable of providing for themselves.

“Nalani Services is privileged to work with the team at Feeding Mouths, Filling Minds in an effort to develop an overall image for their non-profit,” said Deeatra Kajfosz, president of Nalani Services. “It truly is an honor to help such a worthy cause develop an identity that will provide recognition throughout the world.”

Manifesto Agency

Milwaukee-based Manifesto Agency has reached a two-year partnership agreement with another Milwaukee-based organization, Supermassive Studio, to form a collective in Milwaukee. The entities will share creative resources and business opportunities. Joint operation will begin in January.

Scheibel Halaska

Within the last year, Scheibel Halaska, Milwaukee, has added seven firms to its global network of agency partners through IPREX, one of the world’s largest public relations networks. The agency most recently welcomed Dextera Comunicación of Mexico City as its latest partner. Other agencies to join the network throughout the year include Imageware (Milan, Italy), Newell PR (Hong Kong, China), Madison Consulting (Zagreb, Croatia), Jugaste, Liiva & Seimann (Tallinn, Estonia), Quintela & Reis (Lisbon, Portugal) and Whyte Corporate Affairs (Brussels, Belgium). IPREX is made up of independent PR agencies in major markets worldwide, representing 70 independent agencies with 104 offices in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. IPREX’s purpose is to offer public relations excellence to clients, wherever their businesses take them. Its 1,400 professionals provide a comprehensive range of services for some of the world’s most successful companies.

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