Bubbler executive appointments and awards

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:46 am

Fitzgerald recognized with women in law award
Attorney Michelle Fitzgerald, founder of Horizons Law Group, has been recognized by Wisconsin Law Journal as one of its 2011 “Women in the Law.” Fitzgerald, a family law practitioner in the 12-year-old firm, was chosen from a group of more than 70 nominations. She was lauded for Horizons Law Group’s unique approach offering clients “unbundled” services, where they can choose from an a la carte menu of legal representation to meet their needs.
“I am extremely honored by this award,” said Fitzgerald, a graduate of Marquette University Law School. “I’m also very proud of the service that Horizons Law Group offers our clients, and the choices we offer that allow them to customize their legal representation. The ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach rarely works for everyone, and our clients respond very positively to having choices to fit their needs.”
The “Women in the Law” honorees were selected based on their case management acumen, volunteer outreach, mentoring of other attorneys and demonstration of work-family balance.

Williams to receive peak performer award
Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of Milwaukee-based Marcus Corporation has announced that Peggy Williams-Smith, senior director, catering and event operations, will receive the 2012 Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame Peak Performer Award presented by Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.  The award is designed to identify and recognize a Metro Milwaukee individual who has shown excellence in his or her field, along with a commitment to the community.
“Peggy is the ideal example of a Peak Performer. Her enthusiasm and dedication to her career shine throughout her work at Marcus Hotels & Resorts. Peggy is passionate about her community and willingly devotes her time, energy and resources to various charitable groups throughout the city. Congratulations to Peggy on this well-deserved honor,” said Gregory S. Marcus, president and chief executive officer of The Marcus Corporation. 
Williams-Smith has been with the company for 14 years and was selected to receive this prestigious award based on several factors, including her success with Marcus Hotels & Resorts, her professionalism, level-headedness under intense pressure and a relentless commitment to finding new ways to do business.

Badger Meter appoints Lione to board of directors
Milwaukee-based Badger Meter Inc. today announced that it has elected Gail Lione to its board of directors.
“Gail brings a great deal of talent and experience to our board. Her legal expertise in manufacturing, intellectual property, corporate governance and compliance will be especially valuable to Badger Meter,” said Richard Meeusen, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Badger Meter.
Lione, 62, was executive vice president – general counsel and secretary of Harley-Davidson Inc. from 1997 until 2010 and served as president of its foundation from 2006 until her retirement in 2011. Lione previously was general counsel for U.S. News & World Report and its affiliates, including The Atlantic Monthly Company, Applied Graphics Technologies Inc. and Applied Printing Technologies.
She is a director of Sargento Foods Inc. and a former director of Imperial Sugar Company. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Bradley Center Sports & Entertainment Corp., the Milwaukee Art Museum, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, where she is the board chair, and Milwaukee Women Inc. She also serves on the board of trustees of the University of Rochester and on the board of managers of the Law Alumni Society of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Lione is a member of the MillerCoors Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Council, the National Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of USA and the Greater Milwaukee Committee.
She is a former member of the board of the National Association of Manufacturers and trustee of its Manufacturing Institute. She belongs to a variety of professional organizations including the Chicago Chapter of Women Corporate Directors and The Fellows of the American Bar Association.

Associated Banc-Corp bolsters Milwaukee leadership team
Associated Banc-Corp today announced the promotion or hiring of three executives in the Milwaukee area market.
Karen Cullen has been promoted to senior vice president, lending compliance officer. In her new jobs, she is responsible for managing Associated Bank’s corporate compliance services such as consumer lending, mortgage lending and default and foreclosure services. Previously she was an assistant vice president, mortgage regulatory change manager. Cullen brings more than 20 years of experience to the position. She works out of Associated Bank’s offices at 330 E. Kilbourn Ave. in Milwaukee.
Jennifer Kern has been promoted to vice president, cash management product manager, where she is responsible for delivering treasury management products to customers through the private banking and business banking segments. She previously served as an assistant vice president in the same department. Prior to joining Associated Bank in February 2011, Kern worked for Marshall & Ilsley Corp. as a product manager, and she brings nearly 10 years of banking experience to her new position. She also works out of Associated Bank’s offices at 330 E. Kilbourn Ave., in Milwaukee.
Michael Bietz has been hired as assistant vice president, mortgage banker, where he is responsible for helping clients finance new home purchases, refinance existing mortgages and assist with residential construction loans. He previously was a residential mortgage district sales manager for M&I Bank and brings more than 25 years of lending experience to the position. Bietz will work out of three offices: 2645 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa; 10701 W. National Ave., West Allis; and 10708 W. Janesville Rd., Hales Corners.

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