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Richard Bub, former president and chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based GRAEF, was recently recognized with the University of Wisconsin Construction Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Engineering and Construction Industry. The award honors figures who have made a mark on the industry and demonstrated commitment to drawing students into the industry. Engineering and construction professionals, along with faculty and students from UW-Madison, selected Bub as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. The award acknowledges his work in developing the internal GRAEF Project Management Training Program 27 years ago, as well as his efforts in shaping the firm’s Leadership Training Program. Bub is the current chairman and leader of special projects at GRAEF and previously served as president and CEO for 17 years. His career highlights include professional contributions to the Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the Harley-Davidson Museum, the Wisconsin Center and Bayshore Town Center.

Sign Effectz, Inc.

Sign Effectz, Inc., of Milwaukee, captured a third place award in the International Sign Association’s annual Sign Contest. The award recognizes a new neon sign the company created for Divino’s Restaurant in Milwaukee. The sign, designed to reflect updates the restaurant owners made to the venue, features a wine bottle and two glasses and the restaurant name in LED channel letters.

Hilton Milwaukee City Center

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center earned four distinctions in Hilton Hotels & Resorts’ 2013 Brand Awards of Excellence in the Americas. The awards call attention to Hilton properties for excellence in marketing, food and beverage, housekeeping and brand culture. The Hilton Milwaukee City Center received a Food and Beverage Award of Excellence, a Food and Beverage Most Improved Award, a Housekeeping Most Improved Award, and a “Make It Right” Most Improved Award. Hilton Milwaukee City Center competed against more than 80 Hilton hotels with 500+ rooms in the Americas and was the only property to receive more than one award.

MillerCoors and Sprecher Brewing Co.

MillerCoors and Sprecher Brewing Co., of Glendale, took home medals from the 2014 World Beer Cup, an international beer competition held in Denver, Colo. This year’s competition attracted the highest number of entries to date, according to the Brewers Association, with more than 4,700 beers from more than 1,400 breweries representing 58 countries. Awards were distributed by the association among 94 styles of beer. MillerCoors won three gold medals for its Coors Light, George Killian’s Irish Red and Winterfest brands. It collected two silver medals for its Miller Genuine Draft and Icehouse beers, as well as two bronze medals for its Coors Banquet and Henry Weinhard’s Blue Boar varieties. Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors head brewmaster Dr. David Ryder was also recognized in the competition. Sprecher Brewing Company earned a gold medal for its Black Bavarian signature beer and a bronze medal for its Shakparo beer.

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