Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:52 am
Wisconsin Energy hires Garvin for external affairs
Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Energy Corp. has announced that Robert Garvin will become senior vice president of external affairs for the corporation and its utility subsidiaries, including We Energies, April 15.
Garvin, 44, currently serves as vice president and general counsel of American Transmission Company of Pewaukee.
In his new role, Garvin will have overall responsibility for Wisconsin Energy’s legislative and regulatory affairs at the federal, state and local levels.
"Bert brings a wealth of experience to his new role," said Gale Klappa, chairman, president and chief executive of Wisconsin Energy. "He is nationally recognized as a leader in our industry, and his insight will be very helpful as we continue to upgrade the energy infrastructure of the region.”
Before joining American Transmission Company, Garvin was vice president of regulatory affairs for NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Fla. Previously, he was a member of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW), also serving as a director of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and chairing the association’s nuclear waste subcommittee.
Walker appoints Montgomery to chair the PSC
Gov. Scott Walker has appointed Phil Montgomery as chairman of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC).
Montgomery has a long history of working on utility, energy and telecommunications issues while serving as a six-term state elected representative. He served on the Special Committee on Clean Energy Jobs, the Joint Committee on Finance, Assembly Committee on Energy and Utility Committee, the Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology and was the chairman of the Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities. He has served on other related committees in the Assembly and on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute.
“Phil will help protect ratepayers and ensure our state has a sustainable and economical network of power production facilities,” said Governor Walker. “He has extensive knowledge of energy issues in Wisconsin and his unique leadership qualities will make him an excellent PSC chairman. Holding down the cost of producing energy will be a key part of ensuring Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs.”
UWM student council endorses Lowell for chancellor
Following months of search-and-screen committee meetings and interviews, the Student Association (SA) of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) voiced its unanimous support for current interim Chancellor Michael Lovell to become the university’s next chancellor.
The SA approved a resolution, citing Lovell’s genuine interest in working with the student body and his positive changes since becoming interim chancellor as reasons for the endorsement.
This action reaffirmed SA president Travis Romero-Boeck’s personal endorsement during his State of the Student Address on March 17.
“(Lovell) wants the job, the student body supports him, and he should stay. In this time of budgetary uncertainty, he is a leader that’s proven that he can hit the ground running and continue our forward momentum as a campus at a time we desperately need it,” Romero-Boeck said.
Lovell was named as one of five finalists for this position early this month. A special committee of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents will interview the five finalists on April 12 and recommend one candidate to the full board, which must approve the appointment.
BizTimes wins awards for editorial excellence
BizTimes Media LLC has won two awards in the 81st annual Milwaukee Press Club Awards for Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism competition.
BizTimes Milwaukee magazine earned a second place award in the highly contested Best Multi-Story Coverage of a Single Feature Topic or Event category. The publication was honored for its in-depth coverage of the high-speed rail issue in Wisconsin.
BizTimes broke the first news story announcing that Wisconsin had received a federal allocation of $810 million to build a high-speed rail link from Milwaukee to Madison. The publication’s ongoing coverage throughout the year included analysis of the potential impact of high-speed rail, the political debate surrounding the project and ultimately its demise after incoming Gov. Scott Walker said he would reject the federal funding.
Referring to the coverage, the judges stated, “There were several excellent entries in this category so picking winners was a challenge. However, I was impressed with this series because the story moved fast, there were many complex issues to explore and the whole story paralleled a gubernatorial campaign that influenced the ultimate outcome. From announcing the high-speed rail grant to the Spanish company seeking a manufacturing location, to the ultimate derailing of the entire project took less than a year. The story includes claims of discrimination, environmental issues, unemployment impacts … a wide range of topics, and they were all well addressed in the series.”
The BizTimes journalists who contributed to the coverage included managing editor Andrew Weiland and executive editor Steve Jagler.
BizTimes Media also received a second place award in the Online Media category for Best Web Site Design. The BizTimes web site was designed by BizTimes publisher Dan Meyer and Jagler. Content at BizTimes.com is contributed by the entire BizTimes editorial staff, including Jagler and Weiland, reporters Eric Decker and Alysha Schertz and art director Shelly Tabor.
The Milwaukee Press Club contest garnered nearly 400 entries from throughout Wisconsin in the professional division and 91 in the collegiate division. The competition was judged by 25 professional media peers from press clubs throughout the United States, including Arizona, Cleveland, Dallas, Florida, Idaho, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Pennsylvania, San Diego and Syracuse.
The Milwaukee Press Club will honor the recipients of the awards at its annual Gridiron Awards Dinner on Saturday, May 7, at the Italian Community Center.
Also being honored at this year’s Gridiron Dinner will be television journalist Bill Kurtis, co-anchor CBS 2 News Chicago, who will receive the club’s prestigious Sacred Cat Award. The club’s Headliner Awards will be presented to Sue Dragisic, former president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, and to Martin Kaiser, editor and senior vice president of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Headliner Awards are bestowed annually to people who are in the news and are making a positive difference in Milwaukee.
Kurtis is a documentary host and producer, network and major market news anchor, multimedia production company president, author, and grass-fed cattle rancher. Kurtis previously served as an anchor of CBS Morning News. He produced the Peabody Award winning series “The New Explorers,” which aired on PBS, among other documentary series. He is the author of “The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice.”
"We are excited to have Bill Kurtis as this year’s Sacred Cat honoree," said Kathy Mykleby, Milwaukee Press Club president and news anchor at WISN-Channel 12. "I’ve known Bill for years. His varied accomplishments over his years working in broadcast journalism will be of interest to our members."
Referring to Dragisic and Kaiser, Mykleby said, "We are excited to recognize these two talented leaders who have both demonstrated remarkable dedication and service to the Milwaukee community. We look forward to recognizing their achievements at the Gridiron."
The public is invited to attend the Gridiron Dinner. For additional information or to register, visit www.milwaukeepressclub.org.
Founded in 1885, the Milwaukee Press Club is the oldest continuously operating press club in North America.
BizTimes Bubbler Executive of the Week
Name: Kurt Rozman
Company: Rozman Wealth Management
Company address: 675 N. Barker Road, Brookfield, WI 53045
Company web site: www.retirement.wfadv.com
Industry: Financial Services
Education: “University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Business Major. Securities Industry licenses – series 7, 9, 10 and 65.”
Family: “Robin and four children ranging from 6 to 20.”
Hobbies and Interests: “Travel, Motorcycle riding, summer outdoor recreational activities (all things warm).”
Favorite book and/or movie: “Wall Street (the first one)”
Favorite musician/band: Michael Buble
Favorite place to visit/vacation: The Caribbean
Favorite local restaurant: Mr. Bs
Words to live by: “Do your best”
What is your core philosophy for doing business? “Our guiding philosophy revolves around ‘YOU.’ We are acutely aware that without the focus on our clients, the driving purpose of what we do loses its meaning. We remain focused on our client as a relationship not a number.”
Who is your role model and why? “Thomas Jefferson. He, like so many of our founding fathers, had such a passion and purpose in everything he did. He had a great understanding of human nature, especially the inherent traits that make a person feel their life has value.”
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