BizTimes names Fittest Execs finalists

BizTimes recently announced the finalists for the annual Fittest Execs Conference, saluting some of the most robustly healthy business leaders in southeastern Wisconsin.


The finalists will be saluted and the winners announced at the conference, which will take place on Thursday, Sept. 26, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Potawatomi Woodland Dreams Ballroom in Milwaukee.

The keynote presentation at the conference will be provided by Derek Deprey, general manager of the Wisconsin Athletic Club. Deprey will discuss how executives can learn to “Live Well, Lead Well.”

The annual Fittest Execs initiative works to promote health and wellness in the workplace, starting at the executive level.

The following are the individual finalists for the program, by category:

Female, age 25-39
Angi Krueger, vice president of marketing and business development, Core Creative Inc.
Sue Miller, vice president of sales and marketing, Commerce State Bank

Female, age 40-49
Maureen Arndt, director of operations, The Starr Group
Kim Dandrea, director of personal lines iInsurance, David Insurance Agency
Ann Knabe, Ph.D., colonel, IMA to chief of engagement and outreach, U.S. Air Force Headquarters
Marikris O Grady, executive vice president, DUECO Inc.
Patti Schauer, vice president-finance/HR, Core Creative Inc.

Female, age 50+
Wendy Brucker, administrative manager, KHS USA Inc.
Liz Fredrichs, executive vice president, Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin
Chris Holmes, president and CEO, Penfield Children’s Center
Susan Sorrentino, partner, Sorrentino Burkert Law Group LLC
Mary Starr, executive vice president, The Starr Group

Male, age 25-39
Theis Bacher, vice president of sales, Chr. Hansen Inc.
Corey Schneider, president, Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center
Matt Shumlas, director of account management, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Kyle Smith, owner, Heaven & Earth Acupuncture and Wellness LLC
Cameron Yazdani, associate director, Schenck

Male, age 40-49
Tom Bruseth, president, Warehouse Equipment Co Inc.
Steve Hipp, president, Athea Laboratories/Packaging
Jim Klauk, vice president, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
Nick Kroll, president/CEO, Aries Industries Inc.
Todd Meissner, president, Color Ink Inc.

Male age 50+
Tim Dodge, CIO, Hanson Dodge Creative
John Foley, regional vice president, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Mike Kwiatkowski, vice president, PNC Bank
Mike Neu, senior vice president, Chr. Hansen Inc.
Larry Schreiber, president, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

The team finalists are: 
Chr. Hansen Inc. (Theis Bacher, Adria Gennuso-Fuchs, Besnik Hidri, Alicia Lay)
Commerce State Bank (Luke Hagel, Vicki Hiller, Sue Miller, Jon Willems)
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin (Michael Anderes, Jim Klauk, Teri Lux, Karl Schultz)
Hanson Dodge Creative (Tim Dodge, Tony Maurer, Maxx Valenti, Sarah Van Elzen)
The Starr Group (Maureen Arndt, Brendt Johannsen, Mary Starr, Nick Starr)

The conference will be capped by a challenge in which attendees will by example and compete in the Fittest Execs Plank-Off Competition. First place will win a one-year family membership to the Wisconsin Athletic Club.

To register to attend the event, visit

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