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Patti Genko Communications

Patti Genko Communications announced that it has become the agency of record for Bigler Sports LLC. Bigler Baseball was founded in 2006 to help athletes of all ages improve their performance. Recently the organization changed its name to Bigler Sports and has expanded its camps and clinics to basketball and football. They also feature a girl’s fast pitch softball division. Bigler has launched their new website at

Godfrey & Kahn

Milwaukee-based law firm Godfrey & Kahn S.C. announced that its corporate M&A, Real Estate, General Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, Natural Resources & Environment and Labor & Employment Practice Groups were ranked among the top statewide, according to a listing compiled by Chambers & Partners. The firm received rankings in all possible categories that Chambers & Partners recognizes for Wisconsin. Additionally, a number of the firm’s attorneys were ranked individually as well.

Opus Development Corp.

The Milwaukee office of Opus Development Corp. (Opus) was recognized with three awards at the annual Association of General Contractors (AGC) of Greater Milwaukee’s Past President’s & Awards night. Jeff Panella, Opus field superintendent, received the Gil Czapleski Superintendent of the Year Award. The AGC Board of Directors cited Panella’s exemplary skill and leadership as the superintendent on the $85 Million Marquette University Law School project. Opus field foreman Jeremy Sowin was also honored at the event. Sowin recently graduated from the AGC’s Supervisory Training Program (STP). The STP is a construction-specific training curriculum consisting of 12 comprehensive courses that focus on knowledge and skills that every supervisor must have to be an effective manager of people, time, equipment and materials. Sowin was honored as this year’s only STP graduate. Opus also received a leadership in safety award. The award is given to those companies that have a low incident rate.

Froedtert Hospital

Froedtert Hospital, Wauwatosa, has again attained Magnet designation as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program which recognizes excellence in nursing. Only about 6 percent of the nation’s roughly 6,000 hospitals have achieved Magnet recognition status. This credential is the highest national honor an organization can receive for nursing excellence, serving as the gold standard for nursing practice. Magnet designation is achieved through a process that involves the review of thousands of pages of documentation and a site visit by professional appraisers who evaluate organizations against quantitative and qualitative standards that epitomize excellence in nursing service, clinical outcomes, and patient care delivery. Designated organizations must reapply after four years. Froedtert Hospital first achieved status as a Magnet recognized organization in 2006.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Project ADAM Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory announced that 50 lives have been saved since it was founded in 1999. Project ADAM is a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin program that helps schools throughout the nation prepare for and respond to cardiac emergencies. The most recent life that was saved occurred in a Pennsylvania high school near the end of May. The school nurse provided CPR and used a defibrillator on the student. There have also been 20 lives saved in Wisconsin schools, 28 in Georgia, and one in Florida as a direct result of the project. Project ADAM was created in honor of Adam Lemel, a 17-year-old Whitefish Bay, Wis., high school student who collapsed and died while playing basketball.


Menasha Corp. and its companies, Menasha Packaging and ORBIS Corp. of Oconomowoc, earned the Business Friend of the Environment Award for their commitment to sustainable practices. The award, sponsored by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), recognized nine Wisconsin companies for outstanding achievements in pollution prevention, environmental innovation and environmental protection. Menasha Corp. received the award in the environmental stewardship category. In 2010, the company released their first annual sustainability report and erected five 20-kilowatt wind turbines as part of their renewable energy strategy. By 2020, the company plans to reduce carbon emissions, water consumption and solid waste by 20 percent.

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