Get Smarter Directory

Welcome to the BizTimes Get Smarter Directory. This directory features organizations that provide training, higher education, coaching, consulting or development capabilities to businesses in southeastern Wisconsin.

These resources can assist owners and top executives in developing their leadership skills and developing a more productive workforce, which is the key to a company’s competitive advantage.

This directory also is posted online at For information about being added to the online directory, contact Jacki DuPont at or (414) 336-7130.

The new BizTimes Get Smarter Directory coincided with the 2010 BizTimes Get Smarter Conference, which was held at the Potawatomi Bingo & Casino.

The conference was kicked off with an inspirational speech by Karen Vernal, president and owner of Vernal Management Consultants LLC, a Milwaukee company dedicated to “igniting the spirit and skills of leaders through executive coaching, leadership development strategic planning and leadership/organizational retreats.”

Panel discussions about executive development and workforce development followed, featuring the following panelists:

  • John Kissinger, chief operating officer of Graef USA Inc. in Milwaukee and chairman of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board Inc.
  • Stephen Scaffidi, field supervisor of special projects for The Nielsen Company.
  • Ayiesha Domino-Brown, service excellence director of Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin.
  • Christine McMahon, inspirational leadership consultant.
  • Rick Steinke, vice president of manufacturing at Sentry Equipment Corp., Oconomowoc.
  • Tom Jacobson, vice president of operations, Bruno Independent Living Aids Inc., Oconomowoc.
  • Mike Boelter, executive director of Goodwill TalentBridge LLC in Milwaukee.

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