BizTimes Best in Business 2015


As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the biggest newsmakers in the southeastern Wisconsin business community this year, who we honor with the third annual BizTimes Best in Business Awards.

This report recognizes the corporation, small business, family-owned business, CEO and community leader of the year in southeastern Wisconsin.

Past winners include: Allen Edmonds CEO Paul Grangaard, Badger Meter CEO Rich Meeusen, Roadrunner Transportation Systems CEO Mark DiBlasi, MMAC president Tim Sheehy, Northwestern Mutual, Generac Power Systems, Uline, Bartolotta Restaurant Group, Colectivo Coffee Roasters and Super Steel.

This year’s winners include Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin, who led the team’s push for a new arena in downtown Milwaukee; WEC Energy Group, which completed the largest non-bank acquisition in Wisconsin’s history; Steinhafels, which is in the middle of a major expansion; the Ramirez family, which is working to improve education in Milwaukee; and Gehl Foods, which was sold by the Gehl family, who then gave each employee $10,000 to say thanks.

Read all about what these companies and leaders accomplished in 2015 in this special report.

CEO of the Year:

Feigin worked hard to win approval of public financing for a new arena.





Peter Feigin

Corporation of the Year:

WEC Energy Group headquarters building





WEC Energy Group

Small Business of the Year:

Katherine Gehl





Gehl Foods

Family-owned Business of the Year:

STEINHAFEL FAMILY: Ellen Steinhafel-Lappe, CFO; Mark Steinhafel, COO; Gary Steinhafel, president; Andrew Steinhafel, director of IT.






Steinhafels Inc.

Community Leader of the Year:

Back: Moses, Austin, Heather and Anna Ramirez with Abby, Page and Omar Andrietsch. FRONT: Gus and Becky Ramirez.






The Ramirez family

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