Meet the Top 10 Businesses of the Year

The Waukesha County Business Alliance and BizTimes Milwaukee announce the winners of the 2012 Top 10 Businesses of the Year Awards.

The winners were selected by an independent panel of judges based upon financial growth, employee growth, customer focus, employee relations and community service.

The recipients of the awards will be saluted at a luncheon on Thursday, June 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road in Pewaukee.

The leaders of the award-winning companies will share insights about some of their best practices in a panel discussion at the luncheon. The Business of the Year will be announced at the conclusion of the luncheon.

The public is invited to attend the luncheon. To register to attend, visit

“In a year of mixed economic recovery, we are particularly delighted to recognize the achievements of our 2012 Top 10 winners,” said Suzanne Kelley, president of the Waukesha County Business Alliance. “These businesses stand out because of their innovative cultures, consistent financial performance, and strong commitment to employees, customers and communities. We salute their success and appreciate their leadership in ensuring a strong business climate in our region.”
“Every year, I look forward to hearing what the leaders of these growing companies have to say at the luncheon. It’s a great way to get some powerful strategic business insights. I invite our readers to take advantage of the opportunity,” said Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Milwaukee.

The winners are:

Company: ActionCOACH of Elm Grove
Principals: Jim Palzewicz, Tom Palzewicz, Chris Carman and Chris Penasa
Industry: Business coaching
Employees: 7

Company: Davies Orthodontics, Waukesha and Wales
Principal: Kirk Davies, D.D.S., M.S.
Industry: Orthodontics
Employees: 9

Company: DUECO Inc., Waukesha
Principals: Judie Taylor, president; MariKris O’Grady, vice president
Industry: Manufacturer of bodies for utility trucks
Employees: 320

Company: First Business
Bank-Milwaukee, Brookfield
Principals: Dave Vetta, president and CEO; Dennis Sampson, senior vice president; and Joe Quinn, Kim Preston, Rick Krauthoefer and Lynn Sigfred, vice presidents
Industry: Commercial lending, private banking and equipment financing
and leasing
Employees: 13

Company: Graphics Systems, Menomonee Falls
Principals: Dave Kasinskas, president; Kim Kasinskas, vice president
Industry: Reseller of SolidWorks 3D Engineering Software
Employees: 38

Company: QPS Employment Group, Brookfield
Principals: Scott Mayer, president and chief executive officer; Dan McNulty, chief operating officer; Mark Immekus, chief sales officer; and Mary Remington, chief accounting officer
Industry: Employment services
Employees: 236

Company: Rentapen Inc., Waukesha
Principals: Susan Straley, president; George Straley, founder and vice president; Blake Peterson, engineering manager; and Jeremy Dickinson, manufacturing manager
Industry: Custom weld fixtures, tooling and laser cutting
Employees: 13

Company: Ruekert/Mielke Inc.,
Principals: William Mielke, president and CEO; Michael Campbell, senior vice president and COO; Kenneth Williams, secretary and CFO; and Stanley Sugden, vice president
Industry: Civil and municipal
Employees: 78

Company: Tim O’Brien Homes Inc., Waukesha
Principals: Tim O’Brien, president; Mark Neumann, CFO and treasurer
Industry: Custom green homebuilding
Employees: 18

Company: Waukesha Metal Products, Sussex
Principals: Jeffrey Clark, president and CEO; Michael Steger, vice president and COO; Bill Milbrath, operations manager; Bob Markowiak, program manager; and Vicki Pinnow
Industry: Metalform manufacturing, metal stamping and fabrication,
Employees: 115

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