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Paragon Awards

The Public Relations Society of America southeastern Wisconsin chapter recently held its annual Paragon Award ceremony to recognize communications excellence.

Wayne Larrivee, Green Bay Packers radio broadcaster, was honored with the 2011 Paragon Communicator Award and Ann Peru Knabe, Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater faculty member, was honored with the Dorothy Thomas Black Award for sustained, superior performance in public relations. Northwestern Mutual earned the Best of Show award for its Leaving a Legacy campaign. Other firms recognized for their public relations efforts included: Vollrath Associates, Zeppos & Associates, Bader Rutter & Associates, Ron Sonntag Public Relations, Mueller Communications Inc., Laughlin Constable, Emerald Isle Marketing and PR, Falk Group Public Relations, Scheibel Halaska, Brown and Martin Inc., and Clifton Gunderson. For a complete list of winners and projects visit

Foley & Lardner

The law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP was recently recognized by CIO magazine as one of the 2011 CIO 100 honorees. This is the eighth time Foley has been honored with this recognition. Foley was recognized with this award in large part due to the firm’s technology allowance program, which enables attorneys to purchase their preferred computing and mobile devices, based on their individual working needs, which helps them provide customized client service. Since implementing the program Foley said it has enhanced user satisfaction, provided an increased level of mobile technology and reduced costs.

Clifton Gunderson LLP

Wauwatosa-based Clifton Gunderson has been named to the 2011 Best Accounting Firms for Women list by the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) and the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA). The best accounting firms were selected from the 25 firms that participated in the 2011 Accounting MOVE Project, sponsored by the ASWA and AWSCPA, and made possible with the support of Rothstein Kass & Co. and Moss Adams LLP. Work-life changes instituted by Clifton Gunderson CEO Kris McMasters have significantly contributed to the firm’s high retention rates and the fact that 44 percent of the firm’s senior managers are women, the firm said. Winning firms were ranked on the range, depth and success of programs and workplace culture proven to remove barriers to women’s success, especially at midlevel and above. The MOVE methodology pivots on four factors – money, opportunity, vital supports for work/life and entrepreneurship– known to advance women in the workplace.

Community Bank & Trust

Sheboygan-based Community Bank and Trust was recently recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Wisconsin’s number one SBA volume lender in the $351 million to $500 million asset size group. Community Bank & Trust made 69 loans worth a total of about $22.4 million.

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