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Thirsty Boy, based in Milwaukee, has appointed Travis Knutson partner. Knutson has worked for Thirsty Boy since it opened in 2008 and has served as vice president and interactive director at the company with responsibilities ranging from writing code to working directly with clients.

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Stewart-Peterson Inc., based in West Band, has hired Rob Joyce and Kelly Pfiefer to its commercial and agricultural sales team and has promoted Matt Strelow to account manager of agricultural sales. Joyce brings a background in risk management and commodities to his new position. He comes from Iron Lion Capital Management, where he was a managing partner focused on farmland investment and investor relationships. Pfiefer, who previously served as Platinum Supplemental Insurance’s personnel recruiting manager, will now focus on growing the agricultural market share. Strelow will support client acquisition and retention.

Paul Schultz has been named general counsel and secretary of Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co. Schultz joined Baird as associate general counsel in 2000 and has served as deputy general counsel and chief operating officer of Baird’s legal and compliance departments since last summer. Prior to joining Baird, Schultz was an attorney in Quarles & Brady’s Corporate Finance and Securities Group.

Alan Henry and Steven Jensen have been named premier advisors at Wells Fargo Advisors in Waukesha. The Premier Advisors Program recognizes individuals who have met or surpassed Wells Fargo Advisors’ standards for revenue generation, educational attainment and client-service best practices. Henry is first vice president of investments and has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors for three years. He has 30 years of experience in the brokerage industry. Jensen is associate vice president – Investments and has been with Wells Fargo Advisors for more than nine years.

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Building & Construction

Charlie Sparks has been promoted to assistant project manager of Inland Construction in Milwaukee. He will be responsible for assisting project managers in cost estimating and bid analysis, value engineering, obtainment of governmental approvals and permitting, contract administration, cost and budget management, risk management, quality control, and enforcement of safety policies. Sparks brings more than 12 years of construction experience to his new role.


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Drew Wallace and Ursula Barry Bauer have been hired as outside sales representatives at Sanborn Tube Sales of Wisconsin, Inc., based in Waukesha. The company’s promotions include Susan Jansen to inside sales manager, Sandra Funk to accounting manager, Andrew Parsche to outside sales manager, and Chad Schultz to operations manager.


Alyssa Schoenwaelder has been added to UW-Milwaukee’s (UWM’s) School of Continuing Education as a marketing copywriter. Schoenwaelder is a UWM graduate and previously worked as a graphic designer and copywriter at 2-Story Creative in Milwaukee for five years. The School of Continuing Education has also hired Stephen Smith as a registration specialist.

The Marquette University Board of Trustees has elected Patrick Lawton, Kelly McShane, Scott Schroeder, and Owen Sullivan. Lawton serves as managing director of fixed income capital markets at Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. McShane is a retired school psychologist. Schroeder is a founding partner at Balyasny Asset Management LP, a globally diversified, multi-strategy hedge fund manager. Sullivan is president of specialty brands for Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup and serves on the board of directors for Journal Communications, Ministry Health Care, Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Children’s Hospital and Health System of Wisconsin.

Health Care

Dr. Shailendra (Shailesh) Patel of the Medical College of Wisconsin was named 2013 president of the leadership board for the American Diabetes Association-Wisconsin. Patel will provide leadership and direction to the Wisconsin board to support annual American Diabetes Association goals and objectives. Ward Komorowski, global director of facilities and building services for Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, Inc., has also joined the leadership board for the American Diabetes Association-Wisconsin.

Froedtert Health has promoted Caryn Esten to vice president of planning and strategic support services and James Klauck to vice president of ancillary services. Esten will retain her responsibilities as director of planning and strategic support by conducting market research, business development and strategic planning. Her new role includes expanded responsibilities in business intelligence. She will also support a unified business planning process in collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin. Klauck will oversee several Froedtert Health ancillary services such as pharmacy, imaging, lab, supply chain and rehabilitation services. He has served in various Froedtert positions including director of pharmacy services at Froedtert Hospital and vice president of supply chain and pharmacy services for Froedtert Health.

Dr. Robert Havlik has been named the chairman and George J. Korkos, M.D. Professor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). He will serve as the chief of plastic surgery at Froedtert Hospital and will also see patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Havlik has been internationally recognized for his research of cleft palate repair as well as maxillofacial and craniofacial disorders. He is the immediate past-president of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons and the American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons.

Standard Process, Inc., headquartered in Palmyra, has promoted Rachel Kitzan to quality assurance supervisor and has hired Jennifer Ecker as an application support specialist. Kitzan will work on improving development and test processes to help avoid defects during the product development process. She will also manage the company’s team of quality auditors. Kitzan previously served as the quality auditor supervisor at Standard Process. Ecker will make sure the company’s applications and processes are completely validated according to requirements from governing agencies.


David Wall has been hired as regional sales manager of Schenck Process. He will focus on sales, application engineering, and after-sale support from the Schenck AccuRate location in Whitewater, Wis. He was previously general manager of ARDCO division of Pettibone Heavy Equipment Group.


M3 Insurance has added Keith Berry as a financial consultant in M3 Financial, Matt Deininger as an account executive in employee benefits, Annette Dillon as an account manager in property and casualty, Kristin LaFontain as an account manager in employee benefits, David Princeton as a claims facilitator specializing in M3’s education and government practice group, and Tyler Van Asten as a business development specialist.


Rick Childers has been hired as outside sales manager for Brookfield-based Pro-Cast, Inc. With over 40 years in the remodeling industry, he will be visiting architects, residential and commercial builders, remodelers, plumbers, cabinet makers and other trades that could benefit from using the company’s products. He will also educate customers about the uses, advantages, colors, material choices, applications, cost and benefits of products.


Michelle Schaefer, former executive vice president of programs and services, was recently promoted to Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin’s chief operating officer. She will oversee operational and financial management for more than 15 service lines and the organization’s $11 million budget. Her role will focus on efficient and transparent financial operations, quality service delivery, and organizational sustainability and growth. Shaefer has spent more than 12 years working for Easter Seals. The organization has also named Barkley Sample vice president of programs and services. Sample will manage all program areas and lead the delivery of agency services. He most recently was a general manager at Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and Virginia.

Professional Services

Patina Solutions, headquartered in Brookfield, has named Greg Voeller national practice director for its new communication effectiveness practice. In his new position, Voeller will work to increase Patina’s services for client projects and engagements that need communication planning, coaching and additional support. He will also help the company assemble its Portfolio of Talent of successful communication professionals. Voeller previously managed global internal communication programs for companies like Johnson Controls, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Rockwell Automation, and Schneider National.

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