RitzHolman CPAs, Milwaukee, recently announced that Greta Kjome, CPA, senior accountant and member of the firm’s tax team, has been awarded with the 2009 WICPA Outstanding Young Professional Award, which recognizes individuals who have shown enthusiasm for the profession, been highly involved in the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) and have helped to motivate others to be a part of the profession and the WICPA.
Advertising & Public Relations
Platypus Advertising + Design, Pewaukee, recently hired web designer/developer Martin Defatte to enhance its services and make comprehensive web capabilities available to its clients in-house. Defatte’s programming skills complement the expertise in web design, strategy and marketing already offered at the firm.
Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), Milwaukee, recently announced that Kit Dailey, public information specialist, and Jeff Hoffmann, senior living specialist, were added to the staff.
Banking & Finance
JPMorgan Chase & Co. recently announced that Mary Schuler and John O’Hare have joined its Private Wealth Management office in Milwaukee as wealth managers. Combined they have more than 40 years of experience in the financial service industry.
Matthew Schwechel, commercial lender at First Bank Financial Centre, Oconomowac, was recently promoted to vice president. He has 12 years of banking experience at First Bank Financial Centre.
Green Bay-based Associated Wealth Management, recently announced that James Hansberry has joined the company’s Milwaukee office as senior vice president, private banking director. Hansberry has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Prodesse Inc., Waukesha, recently announced that Kevin Conroy, president and chief executive officer of Mass.-based molecular diagnostics company Exact Sciences Corp., has been elected to the company’s board of directors.
Governor Jim Doyle recently reappointed William Levit, Jr. to a second six-year term on the State of Wisconsin Investment Board. Levit is a senior member of the Milwaukee-based law firm Godfrey & Kahn’s Litigation Practice Group and has substantial experience in complex litigation. He has served for nearly 25 years as the firm’s Loss Prevention Partner and Claims Counsel.
Owen Griffith, professor of biochemistry and dean of the graduate school of biomedical sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was recently honored with a distinguished service award, the school’s highest faculty honor.
Hospitality & Entertainment
Tracy Casanova was recently promoted to general manager and vice president of sales and marketing at Quality Catering for Kids Inc., Lake Villa, Ill. Casanova joined Quality Catering for Kids, which provides nutritious hot lunches to child care centers, preschools and private grade schools in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, in 2007.
The Abbey Resort & Spa, Fontana, recently named David Hume director of sales and marketing. Jeffrey Seidl and Tina Luther were also added as sales managers.
Insurance executive and consultant, Arvid “Dick” Tillmar, was recently named Agent of the Year, the highest award given by the Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (IIAW). Tillmar is a shareholder, preventive health advocate, certified workplace wellness instructor and employee benefits consultant with Diversified Insurance Services, Brookfield.
The Milwaukee Brewers recently promoted Jill Aronoff to the position of senior director of merchandise branding. Aronoff joined the organization as director of merchandise branding in July of 2007.
The Arthritis Foundation, Wisconsin Chapter, West Allis, recently honored volunteers and donors with the following awards: Lynn Butenhoff, Glendale, received the William A. Yost Volunteer of the Year Award; Tonia Wagner, Platteville, received the Community Development Award; Dr. Mary Cronin, Rhuematologist at Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, received the Health Professional Award; The Uschan Family, Sun Prairie, received the Media Promotion Award; and Gail Picard, DePere; Mark Anderson, Wauwatosa; Shannon Keach, Fox Lake; Joan Sherman, Muskego; Jessica Ridings, Green Bay; and Mike Klein and the UW- GreenBay Cross Country team were recognized with the Distinguished Service award.
Midland Video Productions, Milwaukee, recently announced the addition of Jane Trenchard Backes to the company in the role of account executive. She has more than ten years of experience in sales and marketing.
Boutique Vieux et Nouveau, a clothing boutique in Milwaukee, recently announced that Grace Ladewig was hired as a senior sales associate. Ladewig previously was co-founder of a home-based seller of handbags, sunglasses and jewelry.
Kirk Tuson, President of Stay-Lite Lighting, Pewaukee, was recently re-elected to serve on the board of the Professional Lighting and Sign Management Companies of America (PLASMA). Tuson sits on the board as its past president.
Eight leaders from Wisconsin’s tech and engineering industries, private equity and political sectors have been unanimously approved to serve on the Wisconsin Technology Council Board of Directors. Recently elected were: Dan Collins, founder and chairman of Elutions Inc., Mequon; Jim Dahlberg, professor of Biomolecular Chemistry at UW-Madison and science advisor to the governor; Gregg Fergus, executive-in residence within Baird Venture Partners, Madison; Charlie Hoslet, managing director of UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations; Dave Kiefer, vice president of business development, Cray Inc., Chippewa Falls; Kevin McFarling, regional vice president and general manager of operations and service delivery, Hewlett-Packard/EDS; Mark Sherry, vice president of the Milwaukee and Madison offices for Mortenson Construction, Brookfield; and State Sen. Jim Sullivan, 5th District, Milwaukee.
Andrew Aschenbrenner has been named regional sales manager for AirTran Airways with responsibility for Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis.