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Brookfield-based Fiserv Inc. was recently named a “Best in Class” mobile banking provider for the second year in a row in Javelin Strategy & Research group’s “2011 – 2012 Mobile Banking Vendor Scorecard.”


Providers were evaluated in multiple categories including support for mobile access modes, product features, scalability and security. Fiserv attained the highest score of all the providers surveyed and is the only provider to be named “Best in Class” for two consecutive years.

The Javelin report credited key acquisitions of M-Com and CashEdge by Fiserv for bringing strategic mobile services in-house.

The Javelin report found consumer use of mobile banking grew 60 percent during the last year and concluded mobile banking offerings have moved from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have.”

While Javelin acknowledged that one of the biggest barriers to consumer adoption remains security concerns, they noted that technology providers have an opportunity to take advantage of the personalized, always-with-you nature of mobile phones to offer enhanced security features not available in other channels. Javelin gave Fiserv the highest score available in the security category based on an evaluation of security, back office, and alerts and advanced functionality capabilities.

The Marcus Corp.

Milwaukee-based Marcus Theatres, a division of The Marcus Corp., has completed the installation of digital cinema systems in 630 first-run screens at 47 company-owned locations.

As part of its large-scale digital cinema rollout, Marcus Theatres now offers moviegoers a complete digital experience – the Marcus Digital Xperience (MDX).

The Marcus Digital Xperience provides pristine visual presentations, along with the digital sounds and acoustical conditions in its auditoriums.

In addition, Marcus Theatres is offering NEC digital cinema projectors featuring 4K digital projection technology versus the standard 2K technology in 93 of its largest auditoriums. With greater than a 2,500-to-1 contrast ratio and the ability to project 35 trillion colors, the NEC 4K digital projection technology allows for even higher resolution, definition and depth, as well as faster digital projection speeds.

The company also is offering closed-circuit captioning for hearing-impaired patrons through the CaptiView Closed Caption Viewing System.

The digital cinema technology will enable the company to offer more presentations of live and recorded alternate programming such as sporting events, concerts and Broadway plays, in addition to more 3D systems as needed.

Red Brown Kle’

Red Brown Kle’ (RBK), a minority-owned, Milwaukee-based marketing agency, has been selected as a finalist for the National Minority Supplier of the Year award by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). The NMSDC Supplier of the Year award recognizes exemplary achievements in minority supplier development based on company growth, job creation, community involvement, quality of work, business innovations and professional references. RBK has already received the 2011 Regional Minority Business of the Year award from the Wisconsin, Iowa and Central Illinois Minority Supplier Development Council. The national award winners will be announced at the NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair on November 2nd in Atlanta. RBK projects a 30 percent revenue increase and 25 percent employee growth in 2011.

Briggs & Stratton

Briggs & Stratton Corp., West Allis, recently awarded their “Distributor of the Year” award to Mequon-based Magneto Power, LLC. Todd Teske, chairman, president and chief executive officer for Briggs & Stratton presented the award to Mark Polzin, president of Magneto.

Kahler Slater

For the eighth consecutive year Kahler Slater, a Milwaukee-based, architecture and experience design firm, has been named one of the best small companies to work for in the nation. The company is ranked number 20 among small companies on the “Great Place to Work Rankings: 2011 Best Small & Medium Workplaces Presented by Entrepreneur” list. The annual list recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures. The competition is divided into two categories, small (50-250 employees) and medium (251-999 employees) workplaces. Kahler Slater is one of only five small and medium-sized companies to have received the honor each year.

Godfrey & Kahn

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., Milwaukee, recently launched its new brand. The updated look reflects the firm’s ongoing marketing and branding strategy that combines current market feedback with the firm’s core values. Updates to Godfrey & Kahn’s marketing materials, website, advertising campaigns, logo and letterhead are effective immediately.

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