Celebrating innovators and entrepreneurs

Last updated on December 15th, 2021 at 01:38 pm

Each year, BizTimes Media recognizes top innovators and entrepreneurs in southeastern Wisconsin. 

At the recent Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum, Jon Hammes, founder and partner of Milwaukee-based Hammes Co., was named the Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He joins a prestigious list of past BizTimes Media Lifetime Achievement Award winners including Harry Quadracci of Quad/Graphics, Robert Kern of Generac, George Dalton of Fiserv, Steven Marcus of The Marcus Corp., Sheldon Lubar of Lubar & Co., Michael Cudahy of Marquette Electronics, real estate developer Gary Grunau, and Valerie Daniels-Carter of V&J Holding Companies Inc.

Hammes founded his company in 1991 and has grown it into the nation’s top developer of health care facilities. The company has also been project manager for the construction of several major sports facilities, including the Kohl Center in Madison and four NFL stadiums. 

Good City Brewing co-founder Dan Katt is the recipient of the annual BizTimes Media Regional Spirit Award, largely in recognition of the company’s role in filling the Century City 1 building in Milwaukee’s Century City Business Park and working to attract more businesses there.

Entrepreneurship Award winners include:

James Kyle, CEO and founder, Millennium

Ryan Povlick, founder, Scratch Ice Cream

Dr. Indrajit Choudhuri, founder, MediCardia Health Inc.

Innovation Award winners include:


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Read more about the Lifetime Achievement, Regional Spirit, Entrepreneurship and Innovation award winners in this special section.

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