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C.J. & Associates

Kim Hastings, president of C.J. & Associates, Inc., New Berlin, recently received the 2007 New Berlin Business Person of the Year award from the New Berlin Chamber of Commerce. Nominees must be outstanding business leaders who are dedicated to community involvement. 

Poblocki Sign Company

Poblocki Sign Company, West Allis, recently announced that senior designer Lynne Holton won first place in the category of architectural/sign system/way-finding in the 62nd Annual Sign Design Competition. The International Sign Association, the organization that hosts the competition, presented Holton with the award for a monument sign she created for Coast Restaurant located on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Coast’s primary requirement was that their sign draw attention to their location, which is not clearly visible from the street.

D2 Sales LLC

D2 Sales LLC, Mequon, recently announced that Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters of Norfolk, Va. has chosen the My Patient Passport Express kiosk for its patient check-in program. The My Patient Passport Express kiosk allows patients to check-in, make future appointments, and update their medical history, using a touch screen system. Patients can use their credit card to make co-pay payments, and sign documents using the integrated electronic signature pad.

Berghammer Construction Corp.

Berghammer Construction, Butler, recently achieved 100 percent LEED accreditation among all its project managers and estimators. Berghammer said it is the first general contractor in the state of Wisconsin to achieve this milestone. Over the past year, Berghammer established an incentive program for employees and conducted training sessions to prepare employees and several architectural partners for the LEED accreditation examination administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Moving forward, all new project management and estimating hires will be required to become LEED accredited within the first six months of employment. Berghammer also recently purchased a brand new fleet of green trucks for its field superintendents. These flex fuel vehicles are designed to run on E85 fuel. In addition, these trucks utilize active fuel management. This feature improves the vehicle’s efficiency by automatically shifting the truck from eight cylinders to four cylinders when extra power is not needed. Replacing its fleet with green trucks is another example of Berghammer’s continued commitment to sustainable business practices. Berghammer is a member of the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and the United States Green Building Council.

White Rice Advertising & PR, LLC

White Rice Advertising & PR, Cedarburg, was recently named by both the International Association of Haunted Attractions (IAHA) and Morgan Manor as their marketing and public relations agency of record. White Rice will manage all aspects of advertising, creative development and public relations for Morgan Manor while the agency will manage all public and media relations for the International Association of Haunted Attractions. White Rice was also named by Ellenbecker Investment Group, Inc., of Pewaukee, as its public relations agency of record. White Rice will manage all aspects of the marketing and public relations campaign including creative, radio and television advertising and media relations for the investment firm.

The Medical College of Wisconsin

The Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, recently received a $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to continue their study of the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular, pulmonary and neurodegenerative disorders. Specifically, they are studying the mechanisms by which pro-inflammatory reactive oxygen and nitrogen molecules affect the body’s proteins and lipids in inflammatory conditions such as hardening of the arteries, asthma, diabetes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease), Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. Successful completion of this study will shed new insight into the molecular changes occurring in these disorders, and may lead to development of targeted antinitration and antioxidation therapeutics. Dr. Balaraman Kalyanaraman, chairman and professor of biophysics and director of the Medical College’s Free Radical Research Center, is principal investigator for this grant. Participating faculty investigators are: Dr. Jimmy Feix, professor of biophysics, Dr. Neil Hogg, professor of biophysics, Dr Joy Joseph, associate professor of biophysics, Dr. Hao Zhang, research scientist II in biophysics, and Dr. Jacek Zielonka, research scientist I in biophysics. 

Theiss Interior Design, Ltd.

Theiss Interior Design, Ltd., Milwaukee, recently received recognition by the Wisconsin Chapter of the International Interior Designer Association for design excellence in two categories.  The design team was recognized with a First Place Award for The La Bri Group, LLC in Brookfield in the category of Office-Corporate Interiors under 5,000 square feet. The team’s design for a custom reception desk for Kittleson Orthodontics in Mequon also received a First Place Award in the Custom/Non-building Design category. For nearly two decades, Theiss Interior Design, Ltd. has offered clients a variety of services resulting in exceptional interior solutions. From initial conceptual sketches to the design, selection, supply, delivery and installation of both furnishings and finishes, the Theiss team combines a passion for artful aesthetics with functional, comfortable spaces.  Theiss Interior Design has transformed environments for clients such as Aurora Health Care, Brookdale Senior Living, Badger Mutual Insurance Co., Rockford Orthopedic Associates and National Insurance Services.

Blue Horse Inc.

Blue Horse, Milwaukee, recently captured four awards in industry competitions hosted by the Public Relations Society of America -Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter (PRSA), and the Association for Women in Communications, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter. The Women for Communications Clarion Awards program honored the agency with three Awards of Merit for public relations campaigns conducted on behalf of Marcus Hotels and Resorts and U.S. Cellular. In the community relations/service category, Blue Horse was recognized for The Pfister Hotel’s “Freedom Rings” special breakfast that honored Milwaukee troops stationed in Iraq, as well as for U.S. Cellular’s “Connecting Rural America” campaign. The Hilton Milwaukee City Center “Swim with Santa” event at the hotel’s Paradise Landing Indoor Waterpark was also acknowledged in the special event/special promotion category. PRSA’s annual Paragon Awards program also presented Blue Horse an Award of Merit for the planning and execution of the Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s “Swim with Santa” event.

Quad /Graphics

Quad /Graphics, Sussex was recently awarded a 2008 Business Friend of the Environment Award from the Wisconsin Environmental Working Group (WEWG), an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Quad/Graphics is one of only nine winners chosen from a very competitive field of companies based in or with operations in Wisconsin. Winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges representing industry, an environmental group, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and academia.

Fitzgerald, Clayton, James & Kasten, Inc.

Fitzgerald, Clayton, James & Kasten, a Mequon-based independent insurance agency, announced that they have together with Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Warren NJ., donated $30,000 to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. FCJK selected The Boys and Girls Club as their charity of choice for the Chubb Charity Challenge Golf Tournament. FCJK won the local event which in turn qualified them for the national event. FCJK’s team finished fifth overall at the national tournament which took place in Las Vegas. 

Marquette University High School

Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, recently announced it has received a $1 million gift from Harold Timber to establish a Charitable Remainder Trust to enhance the school’s scholarship endowment. Timber graduated from the school in 1945, and believes the scholarship fund his gift will establish will be his legacy and contribution the future development of Jesuit educational values for students at Marquette High School.  Marquette High School annually distributes more then $1.2 million of scholarships in the form of need based financial aid grants ranging from $500 to $7,700 for an average award of $3, 766. For the current school year, 295 students, or 27 percent of the student body received financial aid.

Bader Rutter & Associates Inc.

Bader Rutter, Milwaukee, was selected by John Deere Credit, Johnston, Iowa, to provide strategic marketing communications for the Farm Plan brand in the U.S. and AgLin brand in Canada. Farm Plan and AgLine are financial solutions for the North American farming and agribusiness industries. Bader Rutter will support the Farm Plan and AgLine brands through strategic planning and execution of all marketing communications including advertising, public relations and relationship marketing services. In addition to Farm Plan and AgLine, Bader Rutter also supports the crop insurance and wind energy business units of John Deere Credit.

UWM Research Foundation awards $500,000 in catalyst grants

The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Research Foundation (UWMRF) announced $500,000 in catalyst grant awards made possible by support from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. The Catalyst Grant Program is designed to provide seed funding for promising research projects at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) that have strong potential for commercialization and impact on the local economy. Projects are selected based on their scientific excellence as judged by outside experts as well as their commercial potential – including potential for partnerships, intellectual property and start-up companies. These grants are made possible by a commitment from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, which is supporting the UWM Research Foundation’s efforts to foster research and innovation at UWM with the goal of impacting the regional economy by helping to spawn new businesses and create jobs. Seven projects were selected to receive a total of $500,000 in funding. The funded projects are: Jian Chen – Advanced Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications, Mary Lynne Collins – Development of a Novel System for Production of Membrane Proteins, James Cook – Synthesis of Novel Compounds to Treat Alcohol Addiction, Shaoqin Gong – Development of a Cancer Drug Delivery Molecule, David Klemer – Development of a Microelectronic DNA Biosensing Device, Graham Moran – Novel Treatment for Fungal Infections, Hao Zhang – Development of an Advanced Retinal Imaging System. This is the second group of projects funded under the Research Foundation’s Catalyst Grant Program. In December 2007, the Research Foundation announced three awards totaling $170,000 made possible by ongoing support from Rockwell Automation.  

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