RitzHolman CPAs, Milwaukee, has hired Brian Falk as a staff accountant, Holly Li as senior accountant and Bauj Vang as a staff accountant.
Komisar Brady & Co. LLP, Milwaukee, has hired Justin Vrakas as a staff accountant and Jeremy Dann, Jake DeVoe, Jordan Reigel and Andrea Virsnieks as tax interns.
Advertising & Public Relations
Nalani Services Inc., Menomonee Falls, has named Tom Stadler its new marketing/communications specialist. Stadler’s addition to the team is potentially just the first step in the expansion of the Nalani roster, as the firm has set an annual sales goal of $1 million for 2012.
The Falk Group Public Relations, Milwaukee, has added Brock Diedrick as an assistant account executive. Diedrick joined The Falk Group after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May.
PKA Marketing, Mequon, has created a new division to focus on the firm’s growing list of clients in the medical and long term care fields. John Mader, a health care marketing professional, has been named general manager of the firm’s new Medical Marketing Group. Mader brings expertise from two firms that specialized in the medical marketing.
Bill Kissinger has joined Milwaukee-based Kahler Slater, as director of business development. Kissinger comes to Kahler Slater from Valerio Dewalt Train Associates Inc., Chicago architectural firm, where he had been a principal.
Arts & Entertainment
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts announced that Robert Cohen has joined the Fine Arts Quartet as its newest cellist.
Wisconsin State Fair has hired Jaime Kwiatowski as corporate sales/community development manager. Kwiatkowski served as the entertainment and events director from 2001-06. Amanda Spellman has also been hired as the sponsorship/marketing coordinator. Spellman previously worked for the State Fair as the host of the VIP deck at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Main Stage during the 2011 Fair.
Banking & Finance
Green Bay-based Associated Bank Corp has grown its Milwaukee office by adding John Anderson, senior vice president, business solutions manager for commercial banking, credit and commercial real estate; John Fuhs, vice president, business development officer; Jackie Wirth, vice president, human resources business partner; Christine Howard Turowski, assistant vice president, senior residential loan officer; Jeffrey Cashin has been hired as vice president, manager of retail intelligence; Shawn Kesler has joined Associated as vice president, marketing manager and Kati Gaylord has been hired as vice president, business systems analyst. In addition, Michael Strautmann has been promoted to senior vice president, retail project management director. Strautmann was previously a residential lending program manager.
Guardian Credit Union has promoted Dave Zwaska to assistant vice president of risk management. Zwaska has been with Guardian Credit Union since 2009.
Ian Konrath has been named director of human resources for WaterStone Bank, Wauwatosa. He has been employed by WaterStone since 2005 and has held the position of human resources manager since 2010.
Waukesha State Bank promoted several employees to new bank manager positions. They include: Elizabeth (Geyser) Amaya, downtown Waukesha Office; Keith Shepard, East Moreland Boulevard Office; and Mitch Grulke, who was named bank manager of the bank’s Silvernail Road Office. Jeffery Knudtson was added to the commercial banking department as a vice president, commercial banking officer. Knudtson has more than 27 years of experience in commercial lending and bank management.
Chambers of Commerce
Waukesha County Business Alliance recently announced the addition of Thom Farrell, president of SPX Waukesha, to its board of directors. SPX Waukesha is one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of medium and large power transformers and is located on Prairie Avenue in Waukesha. David Karst, vice president of human resources at New Berlin-based BuySeasons Inc. and Fred Stier, president of Stier Construction Inc., has joined the Alliance’s policy board. Stier was previously chairman of the Alliance’s board of directors.
Dr. Sheri Lofton has joined Columbia St. Mary’s Prospect Medical Commons and Shorewood Family Physicians as the clinics’ newest physician, specializing in family medicine.
Sensia Healthcare hired Mike Yonkers as an account executive at its New Berlin clinic. Dr. Mike Ritter was also added to the medical staff at the New Berlin Clinic. Dr. D.J. Hennessy has been added to the medical staff at Sensia’s Franklin Clinic. Melissa Collins has joined the medical assistant team at Sensia Healthcare. She has more than 11 years of experience in occupational health.
Hospitality & Entertainment
Potawatomi Bingo Casino, Milwaukee, recently named Brian Hairston assistant director of table games. Hairston joined Potawatomi Bingo Casino in 2010 as a table games shift manager. He has more than 20 years of experience in the gaming industry and has held management positions at casinos in Michigan, Louisiana and New Jersey.
Paul Miller has been promoted to director of communications at Sheboygan-based Acuity. Paul joined Acuity as a business analyst in 1998. He earned a promotion to senior business analyst in 2004 and a second promotion to social media advocate in 2011.
Milwaukee-based Creative Business Interiors Inc. hired Holly Eberle as account executive and interior designer, Verna Shavlik as account project manager and interior designer, Julie Buczynski as reception and administration and Aaron Rosko as director of marketing.
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee, has added Kenny Hoeschen as an attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice. Prior to joining Reinhart, Hoeschen was an associate at a large international law firm, where he practiced in the firm’s Information Technology & Outsourcing, and Privacy, Security & Information Management areas. Before attending law school, Hoeschen spent more than 15 years working in the software and technology industries.
The law firm of Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville & Larson, S.C., Milwaukee, has named Maria Kysely Schneider a shareholder of the firm.
Milwaukee-based Von Briesen & Roper, S.C., has added Thomas Burmeister, Nicholas Castronovo, and Ryan Gehrke as associates in the firm’s Milwaukee office. Eileen Kelley was named an associate and will primarily work out of the firm’s Madison office.
Interfaith Older Adult Programs, Milwaukee, has named Julia Pagenkopf as assistant executive director.
Fondy Food Center, Milwaukee, has hired Nancy Ketchman as director of development and communications. She has worked in marketing and communications for more than 25 years.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin has hired Wendy Cozzens of West Allis as the new director of development. Cozzens served as the director of development at Meta House for the last six years.
The Milwaukee Bucks have added Kristen Deahl to its staff as public relations coordinator. Deahl comes to Milwaukee from Dallas, where she worked as communications coordinator at Hunt Sports Group, a sports and entertainment company owned by the Lamar Hunt family.
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced three promotions in its front office. Regis Bane was named senior director of ticket operations, Billy Friess was promoted to senior director of ticket sales, and Katina Shaw was named senior director of Community Relations.
The Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has elected a new slate of officers for 2012. They include: Michael Pflughoeft, president; Don Klein, vice president; Laura Krinke, secretary, Alan Gaudynski, director at large; and Mary Scheibel, APR, assembly delegate.
The Community Alliance of Providers of Wisconsin (CAPOW), a network of providers, supporting over 4,500 people with disabilities, and representing 4,500 direct care workers and 2,500 guardians, announced that Bob Glowacki of Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin will return as president. He previously served as president in 2009. Julie Nichols-Younes of Options in Community Living has stepped into the role of vice president and Julie Josephitis of Dungarvin Wisconsin Inc. will serve as secretary and treasurer.
Endpoint Solutions has hired Chris Goldbach as an environmental, health and safety compliance specialist in its Hales Corners office. Goldbach has industrial and consulting experience.
HSI Properties LLC, Waukesha, promoted Robert Mueller to development coordinator. Mueller has worked with HSI since 2008.
Inland Companies Inc., Milwaukee, has added Matt Hunter as a partner. Hunter will focus expanding the firm’s tenant representation portfolio.
Diana Gregory has joined Shorewest Realtors Mequon office as a sales associate.
Becky’s Blissful Bakery, Pewaukee, has hired Salena Krueger to help with the company’s marketing and sales efforts. Krueger has an extensive background in the food industry including her family’s restaurant, martini bar and experience in high-end catering.
Omni Resources Inc., Milwaukee, has hired Alan Brent as a SharePoint practice lead and Herb Lichtenberg as a custom development team leader to meet growing client demand for custom web and mobile applications.
Superior Support Resources, Brookfield, hired Jordan Mendelblatt as a systems engineer. Rich Sudol has also joined the firm as a senior consulting engineer.