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Renovations Group

Renovations Group Inc., located in Elm Grove, was recently recognized with a “Best Of Houzz” designation by Houzz, an online platform focused on home remodeling and design. Through Houzz, homeowners can find quality homebuilding, remodeling and design professionals to assist them with their home interior and exterior needs.

The “Best Of Houzz” Award is distributed in two categories – customer satisfaction and design. Renovations Group, which is a full-service design-build, remodeling and new home construction company, earned the designation in customer service. Companies awarded for customer service were selected through a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews made on Houzz in 2013. Along with other winners, Renovations Group will display a “Best of Houzz 2014” badge on its Houzz profile, signaling its commitment to excellence.


Jeffrey Joerres, ManpowerGroup chairman and chief executive officer, was honored with the second annual Mary Ellen Stanek Award for Diversity in Corporate Governance during the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s annual meeting in February. The award, given by the GMC and Milwaukee Women inc., recognizes an individual or entity whose leadership and influence have led to increased diversity on corporate boards in southeastern Wisconsin. The award was named for its first honoree, Mary Ellen Stanek, and salutes a recipient selected from a pool of nominees. Joerres was selected for the 2014 award for his commitment to incorporating diversity into the workplace. Among Joerres’ most significant work surrounding diversity has been his role as chair of the GMC’s Future Workforce Committee, which aims to strengthen workforce diversity in the region across all levels of professional development.

Vaultas Companies

Vaultas Companies, a provider of collaborative and vendor/carrier neutral colocation data centers in the upper Midwest, has opened a data center in the historic Blatz Brewery Complex in downtown Milwaukee. The 10,000-square-foot space will act as a server and data colocation and primary backup data center. It will also offer data storage, cloud computing services and application hosting. Additionally, Vaultas Companies has opened a 3,000-square-foot disaster recovery office space for tenants who need temporary office space. The company’s facilities are located at 1101 N. Market St., with the data center in suite 225 and the disaster recovery office in suite 300.

Newaukee and Art Milwaukee

The social networking group Newaukee is taking over all programming, events and artist opportunities managed by Art Milwaukee, the organizations announced. With the new management plan, to be rolled out this year, Art Milwaukee’s name and brand will fold. The nonprofit arts advocacy organization, which emerged from Newaukee, has worked to open up new opportunities for area artists and demonstrate how critical artists are to the success of the local economy. The organization has developed over the past three and a half years. Among Art Milwaukee’s signature projects and programs, made possible through collaborations with government, foundations and other nonprofits, are Typeface and the Creational Trails Project.

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