Bubbler Executive Appointments and Awards

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:52 am

Advantage Refrigeration names new CEO
Advantage Refrigeration LLC, a New Berlin-based commercial and industrial refrigeration provider, announced it has named Russell Dudan as chief executive officer, succeeding the company’s founder, John Gnas, who retired.  
Dudan comes to Advantage Refrigeration from Modern Equipment Company of Port Washington, where he served as director of operations, overseeing its lean improvement efforts, manufacturing, maintenance, purchasing, inventory control, and shipping and receiving. Dudan previously served as president of Centron Energy Corp. in Germantown.
George Smith, CEO of The Freedom Group, a private investment firm that owns Advantage Refrigeration, said, “We are extremely pleased to have Russ join the Advantage management team as CEO. He brings a unique mix of leadership experience in engineering, sales and operations from the manufacturing, distribution, chemical and capital equipment markets. His background in heat transfer, hydraulics and controls is a great fit for Advantage.”
“Since its founding in 1995, Advantage quickly established itself as one of the largest commercial and industrial refrigeration company’s in the region,” Dudan said. “I am honored to join Advantage’s talented management team and look forward to helping the company achieve its short and long-term business objectives while building upon its strong customer focus.”

Milwaukee Brewing Company names new partner

Milwaukee Brewing Company owner Jim McCabe has partnered with Jim Hughes, former Robert W. Baird executive.
“Jim brings with him a whole career’s worth of knowledge and ideas that will help us take the brewery to the next level,” said McCabe. “We know we have an extremely high-quality and marketable product, and with Jim on board we see new opportunities to spread the word about the brewery and our beers.”
Hughes met McCabe almost a year ago, and according to McCabe shares the same love for quality craft beer. He spent 16 years as an institutional equity broker in the sales and trading division of Robert W. Baird. He left Baird in 2009.
“Milwaukee Brewing Company seemed like a great fit for a variety of reasons,” said Hughes. “Jim has steadily built the operation with innovation and integrity, and at the same time the craft beer market is really taking off. We’re well positioned to grow and enhance our operations, and can’t wait to see what the future has in store.”

Area employers earn Well Workplace Awards
The Wellness Council of America, together with the Wellness Council of Wisconsin, has awarded six employers in the area with Well Workplace Awards  for their commitment to health and well-being of their employees. The American Society for Quality, Children’s Hospital and Health System, City of Oak Creek, Sadoff & Rudoy Industries and Waukesha County all received the Gold Well Workplace Award. Kenneth L. Gould, DDS, received the Small Business Well Workplace Award.
They join 55 other designated Well Workplace winners in Wisconsin.
The initiative is driven by a rigorous set of criteria.
“These organizations all worked hard to successfully meet the rigorous standards set by the Well Workplace process,” said Jessica Raddemann, executive director of the Wellness Council of Wisconsin. “It is our pleasure to recognize them as the newest Wisconsin employers to achieve Well Workplace status.”
Since 1991, over 1,000 organizations across the country, ranging from educational institutions to organizations in both the public and private sector, have earned the Well Workplace Award.

Press Club designates annual awards
The Milwaukee Press Club has named Bill Kurtis, news anchor, producer and author Bill Kurtis will be the Club’s 2011 Sacred Cat Award honoree. The award has been given annually since 1973, and recognizes excellence in journalism at the national level. Kurtis previously served as an anchor of CBS Morning News as well as WBBM-TV in Chicago. He produced the Peabody Award winning series The New Explorers, which aired on PBS, among other documentary series and authored the book 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. "I’ve known Bill for years.  His varied accomplishments over his years working in broadcast journalism will be of interest to our members."
Kurtis will accept the award at the Club’s annual Gridiron Dinner, May 7th at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. The event also will honor 2011 Headliners Sue Dragisic, former president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, and Martin Kaiser, senior vice president and editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as the winners of the 2010 Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism competition.  John McGivern will emcee.
Tickets for the Gridiron Dinner are available by contacting Joette Richards at (262)894-2224 or at milwaukeepressclub@gmail.com. To order online, go to www.milwaukeepressclub.org. The cost is $65 per individual or $500 for a table of eight.  Corporate sponsorship levels are also available. 

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