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Wisconsin Parkinson Association

The Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Parkinson Association recently honored several local companies and individuals at its Awards Celebration & Annual Meeting.

Knut Apitz, former owner of Grenadier’s Restaurant in Milwaukee and WPA board member, received the Tulip Award for profoundly impacting education and awareness of Parkinson’s in the area.

Mike Engel, chef and owner of Pastiche Bistro & Wine Bar in Milwaukee, received Innovative Fundraiser award for his idea to donate an upcharge from every request to change the preparation of a menu item to WPA.

Craig Plowman, president of HeatTek, Inc. in Ixonia, received the Bedrock Award for helping to plan and sponsor the annual golf outing.

Patrick Pelkey, a support group facilitator and public advocate of the organization, received the Mission Driver award. Volunteer Jack Hunter earned the Volunteer of the Year award for his photography of nearly every WPA event.

Waukesha County

The Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use Recycling Program has received both the 2015 Recycling Excellence Award for Innovation and the 2015 Recycling Excellence Award Honorable Mention for Projects and Initiatives from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR noted Waukesha’s recent partnership with the City of Milwaukee to construct and operate a regional single sort Materials Recovery facility in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley.

In addition, Waukesha set up a request for proposal system for a coordinated recycling/waste collection contract.

Waukesha County estimates the projects together helped save more than $4 million per year in collection costs for its community partners, and has increased recycling rates by about 30 percent.


Milwaukee-based workforce solutions firm ManpowerGroup announced Kate Donovan, senior vice president of ManpowerGroup Solutions and global RPO president, has earned a Silver Stevie Award.

Donovan was recognized in the Female Executive of the Year category at the 12th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. The global awards, named for the Greek word for crowned, honor female entrepreneurs, executives and employees and the organizations they run.

This year, there were more than 1,300 nominations from a variety of industries and organization sizes. The awards were presented at a dinner ceremony attended by more than 400 in New York City.

Donovan joined ManpowerGroup in 2008 as managing director of ManpowerGroup Solutions, and was named to her current role in 2014.

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