Bubbler Executive Appointments

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 10:00 am

Dalhoff elected president of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
The Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives Association (WCCE) elected a new board of directors for 2010. Gene Dalhoff, executive director of the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce, was elected president of the WCCE board. He has twenty years of experience in government, post-secondary education, and non-profit management
“I would like to see chambers throughout Wisconsin become more involved in community issues and political advocacy,” said Dalhoff. “I see WCCE as a means to educate its members in how to do this.”

Other WCCE directors elected to officer positions include:

  • John Casper, president and chief executive officer, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, WCCE president-elect;
  • Van Nutt, executive director, Middleton Chamber of Commerce, WCCE vice president;
  • Jim Morgan, vice president, WMC and WCCE secretary – treasurer;
  • Paul Jadin, president, Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and immediate past-president of WCCE; and
  • Jim Haney, president, WMC, ex-officio member of the board

Chamber executives elected to the board were

  • Scott Larson, executive director, Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry;
  • Dave Minor, president and CEO, The Chamber for Superior and Douglas County;
  • Kevin Ruetten, executive director, Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce;
  • Terri Schulz, president, Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.;
  • Becky Seelen, program director, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce;
  • Mary Steinbrecher, director of COSBE, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce; and
  • Carol White, executeive director, Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce

Struthers is new president of Kohler Power Systems
Kohler Co.’s Global Power Group, a manufacturer of engines and power generation systems, has named Jason Struthers as the new president of its Kohler Power Systems business.
Struthers has assumed leadership and management responsibilities for Kohler Power Systems, which includes operations in North America and Asia. KPS Sales & Service, which does business in Europe, Middle East and Africa, also falls under the administration of Struthers. With an emphasis on growing sales, profitability and market share, Struthers will focus on enterprise-wide strategic business and process improvement initiatives, the company said.
Prior to joining Kohler, Struthers served as the president of Viking Pump for three years.
In a related announcement, Kohler has appointed outgoing Kohler Power Systems president Otto Kopietzki as president emeritus of the business. A 40-year veteran of the power generation industry, Kopietzki will remain in his new position throughout 2010 in support of the leadership transition.
“Jason brings to Kohler Power Systems a proven track record of driving efficiencies, growth and profitability from the global businesses that were under his supervision,” said Dick Fotsch, Kohler Global Power Group president. “By combining Jason’s progressive approach to management with Otto Kopietzki’s extraordinary power systems experience and deep relationships with Kohler’s customers and suppliers, this transition should be seamless for Kohler Power Systems and the many markets it serves.”

Apfelbach is new CEO of ZBB Energy Corp.
Menomonee Falls-based ZBB Energy Corp. announced the appointment of Eric Apfelbach as its president and chief executive officer and a member of its board of directors.
ZBB Energy Corp. provides clean energy storage solutions based on proprietary zinc rechargeable energy storage technology that addresses requirements in multiple markets such as alternative energy applications, large electrical utilities and green residential and commercial architecture.
Apfelbach said, "I am very excited to have the opportunity to lead ZBB and to help the company achieve its plans for growth. The distributed renewable energy industry cannot scale without cost effective energy storage and power management solutions. I believe ZBB’s products will address these needs."
Paul Koeppe, interim CEO of ZBB and chairman of the search committee of the company’s board of directors, said, "I believe that Eric’s background is a perfect fit for ZBB. His past leadership of high tech companies has been a great proving ground for stepping into the CEO role at ZBB. I am delighted with his decision to join us."
Most recently, Apfelbach founded Virent Energy Systems Inc., a catalytic biofuels company. Before Virent, Apfelbach co-founded Alfalight Inc.

North Shore Bank promotes executives to C suite

North Shore Bank today announced that its board of directors has elected Jay McKenna as executive vice president and chief operating officer and Andrew Wallach III as chief financial officer of the company.
McKenna, who has been with the Brookfield-based bank since 1999, previously served as its senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Wallach, a 26-year veteran of the bank, was previously senior vice president.
The leadership transition is part of a succession plan adopted more than two years ago when the bank’s then-executive vice president, Richard Brophy, announced his intention to retire at the end of 2009, said Jim McKenna, the bank’s president and chief executive officer.
“Jay and Drew are talented bankers and business leaders who have helped guide North Shore Bank’s strength and success for many years, and they are well-prepared to assume these senior leadership roles,” Jim McKenna said.  “Our goal is a seamless, transparent and efficient transition.  Having highly qualified, committed leaders such as Drew and Jay in these roles will allow the bank to continue to do the work we’ve done so well for more than 85 years – provide the services people need to meet their financial goals; build a strong, principled business; and give back to our communities.”
Jay McKenna, 41, is the son of Jim McKenna.
“We’re glad to have Drew and Jay in these senior leadership positions at North Shore Bank,” Jim McKenna said. “Our bank, and the people and communities we serve, will continue to have an extremely bright future with these two fine bankers in the lead.”

Aurora adds executives to board
Aurora Health Care announced that Timothy Sullivan of Bucyrus International Inc., Thomas Bolger of Harris Bank and Gail Hanson of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board have been elected to the organization’s board of directors.
"The communities and patients served by Aurora will benefit from the valuable experience that Tim Sullivan, Tom Bolger and Gail Hanson bring to our board," said Nick Turkal, M.D., Aurora’s president and chief executive officer. "Their leadership experience in the business and nonprofit sectors will benefit us as we strive to continue setting a higher standard for health care."
Aurora Health Care is a nonprofit health care provider with sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and Illinois.

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