Nick Kroll has been named president of Trico Mfg. Corp. in Pewaukee, succeeding Robert D. Jung, who has been both president and CEO since 2001. Jung will remain as CEO and will focus on strategic planning, product development and expansion into new markets. Kroll, who previously served as vice president of business development at Trico, will be responsible for day-to-day operations and implementing strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Trico, Kroll was vice president of customer solutions at Engine Power in Oconomowoc. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University in 2000 and a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College in 1992.
Debra Standridge has been appointed to the position of president at St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee. Standridge served as interim president for St. Francis Hospital since February when Dan Bonk assumed the leadership of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, also in Milwaukee. She joined Covenant Healthcare System in September 2001, as vice president, operations, at St. Francis Hospital. Before joining Covenant Healthcare, Standridge served in various administrative positions for Hurley Medical Center, a 445-bed teaching hospital and regional referral center providing tertiary medical care in Flint, Mich. Her most recent positions there were administrator for general medicine and oncology and administrator for corporate health, cardiology, oncology and geriatric services. She has more than 20 years of health-care experience, including experience in rehabilitation therapy and management, community health education, worksite wellness program development and delivery, service line management and operational leadership. Standridge received a bachelor of music degree from Michigan State University in 1977 and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan in 1986.
Covenant Healthcare has recently named Rick Ament as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Ament will be responsible for providing overall operational and strategic leadership to Covenant’s four acute-care hospitals, extended care sites and ambulatory care facilities. He will also oversee expense management and growth opportunities, further advance clinical and service excellence, and create synergies between facilities and service lines. Ament has more than 15 years of executive health-care experience. His most recent position was as group vice president/market manager for Quorum Health Resources in Michigan. He has previously held appointments as president and chief executive officer of Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette; vice president of operations for Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio; and administrator for Azalea Trace in Pensacola, Fla. Ament holds a certificate of advanced studies in hospital administration from Ohio State University; a master of science degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University; and a bachelor of arts in political science from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Joe Gehrke has been promoted to the position of vice president of corporate banking at the downtown Milwaukee Kilbourn Avenue office of Associated Bank. Gehrke has more than seven years experience in banking. Prior to his promotion to vice president, he was assistant vice president of corporate banking. Gehrke earned his bachelor’s in finance from Western Michigan University. Alexandra Zlatkovich has joined Associated Bank as a credit analyst in its Kilbourn Avenue office. Zlatkovich has more than 12 years experience in the finance industry. Prior to joining Associated, she was a consultant at Jefferson Wells International. Zlatkovich earned her BBA in finance and real estate from UW-Milwaukee.
John Periard has been named the executive vice president of the Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin. Periard, 35, had been serving as public affairs director for the 500-member organization. Previously, he served six and a half years as public affairs director for three real estate organizations in Minnesota, including the 2500-member St. Paul Area Association of Realtors. A native of Milwaukee, Periard attended Milwaukee Tech High School
and graduated in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in political science.
Ben Breitigam has recently joined Air Maintenance in Pewaukee as the head of new business development. Breitigam’s duties include consulting, construction bidding and the overall marketing strategy for the company. Breitigam graduated with a BBA in marketing from UW-Whitewater.
Jeff Bowman has been named the new president of Mitchell Bank. Bowman, who started in his new position June 16, is a graduate of the UW-Milwaukee who has 16 years of experience in the banking industry. Bowman has spent the last six years as a senior vice president in charge of commercial lending at Layton State Bank. Bowman also is the president of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, in West Allis, and a related company, First American Capital Corp. Bowman also is the treasurer of the Gerard L. Ignace Indian Health Center in Milwaukee.
Sprecher Bertalot & Co. has hired Tracy Fuller as a production artist and Nicole Tindall as a public relations account executive. Fuller is a graduate of the UW-Milwaukee and previously worked as a freelance designer for Kohl’s Corp. Tindall received her bachelor’s degree from the UW-Green Bay and gained her public relations experience at Laughlin/Constable and Boelter-Lincoln Marketing Communications.
Great Lakes Packaging Corp., Germantown, has hired Dick Jorrdan as a graphics sales manager.
Integrated Risk Solutions, Delafield, has hired Chad Chellevold as an account executive. He most recently was an account executive at AP Capital-Amvista Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the UW-Whitewater.
SilverTrain has hired Jack Drahus as managing director of its Milwaukee office. Drahus most recently was the vice president of client development with Divine Inc., Milwaukee. Drahus earned a BBA degree in marketing from Marquette University.
Paula A. Neis has been named small business banking officer at Waukesha State Bank. She has worked for Waukesha State Bank since 1986 and initially worked as a teller while attending UW-Whitewater. After graduating, she worked as a teller supervisor for eight years. Neis moved to the loan department in 2000 as a SBA lending specialist.
Jerry Gehrt has joined electronic control products developer HED in Hartford to provide on-site service for applications with customers of the company. Gehrt served as a vehicle mechanic in the US Army and US Army National Guard, and for 15 years worked for Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a packaging supervisor. Most recently he worked as an applications engineer at Vermeer Manufacturing in Pella, Iowa. Gehrt attended Central Technical College, Southeast Community College and College of St. Mary, where he studied diesel mechanics and electronics information systems.
AQS in Hartland has added Sam Flemer and David Tracy to its staff. Flemer has joined the AQS sales team as a sales executive. Flemer has several years experience in technology solutions for the property and casualty insurance industry. He most recently was the eastern region area manager for ADP-Claims Services Group. Prior to ADP, Flemer worked at Allstate Insurance. He earned his B.A. degree in political science from Mary Washington College. Tracy joins AQS as implementation services manager. He previously worked at Marshall & Swift/Boeckh (MS/B) in New Berlin. Tracy is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch College with a B.S. degree in business administration and finance.
Peter Lake is the new medical director of Rogers Memorial Hospital’s Oconomowoc campus. Lake is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and also the medical director of child and adolescent services of Rogers Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc. Currently working full time at Rogers Memorial, Lake has been in private practice since 1991, serving as vice chairman in the department of psychiatry at Physicians Plus Medical Group and associate medical director for Physicians Plus Mental Health Case Management and Consultation System, Madison, until fall of 1999. He also was an associate clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.
Christopher Austin, Nathaniel Cade Jr., Edward Lawson Jr., Colleen O’Connor Patzer and Joseph E. Tierney IV have been elected to the partnership in the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee. Austin focuses his practice on intellectual property matters with an emphasis on domestic and international patent applications relating to mechanical engineering, materials sciences and packaging engineering. Austin received a B.S.M.E. in 1991 from Northwestern University’s Technological Institute and a J.D. in 1996 from Marquette University Law School. Cade practices primarily in litigation, where he is a member of the firm’s Tort Liability Focus Group. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan School of Law where he was an associate editor of the Journal of International Law. Lawson practices exclusively in intellectual property law, including the preparation and prosecution of United States and foreign patents in technology relating to mechanical engineering, material sciences and food and dairy products. After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in mechanical engineering (aerospace), Lawson served as an officer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, including service in combat during Operation Desert Storm. After completing his Army service, Lawson attended the University of Texas School of Law, receiving a J.D., with honors, in 1996. Patzer is a member of the Health Care Practice Area. Patzer received a B.B.A., from UW-Madison School of Business in Risk Management and Marketing and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. Tierney focuses his practice on real estate law, corporate law, and tax planning matters, including tax-free exchanges and entity choice. He received a B.S., with honors, from Marquette University in 1992 and a J.D. in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, where he was articles editor for the Wisconsin International Law Journal.
Karen Krause has joined Stratagem in Menomonee Falls as a technical recruiter. She was previously employed by DPI/Stopka & Associates and more recently worked for Cornerstone Consulting.
Burczyk Creative Group in Germantown has named Kristin Stenmark its art director. Stenmark has been with Burczyk Creative Group since 2000, and previously worked in advertising and design in Illinois. She is a 1998 graduate of UW-Oshkosh.
Beth Grimm has joined Marx McClellan Thrun in Milwaukee as a graphic designer. She holds a bachelor of science degree in art history from UW-Madison, and an associate degree in graphic design and illustration. She previously worked with Becker Design as an intern.
Julie Machata has joined Grunau Project Development
Gilbane as marketing manager. For the past four years, she was a sales associate for a real estate firm in Door County, where she was the primary marketer for a new condominium community. Earlier, she was marketing director for a Milwaukee area general contractor.
John R. Jansen, senior geoscientist for the Aquifer Science & Technology Division of Ruekert/Mielke in Waukesha, has been named a stockholder with the firm. Jansen, with more than 20 years of experience in his field, earned a doctorate in geological sciences, with a concentration in hydrogeology and geophysics, from UW-Milwaukee.
Christopher Krier has joined the Mequon-based insurance agency Fitzgerald, Clayton James & Kasten. He most recently was a vice president at Schuller, Owen & Associates, and earlier had been with AON. He received a bachelor’s degree in education from UW-Oshkosh in 1972.
Bob Kotecki has joined the Property and Casualty Department of Woller-Anger & Co. in Elm Grove. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from UW-Whitewater, and has 11 years of risk management and safety experience.
Peter J. Bausch has joined the Milwaukee law firm of Boyle, Fredrickson, Newholm, Stein & Gratz as an associate after graduating, cum laude, from Marquette University Law School in May. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology and English from Saint Louis University, graduating cum laude. He will primarily practice patent law in both the prosecution and litigation areas.
Dennis Lawton has been named an associate at STS Consultants in Milwaukee. Lawton is a senior hydrologist with STS and manages the firm’s environmental sciences department. He has more than 25 years of experience conducting hydrogeologic and environmental investigations. Lawton, who holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Valparaiso University and a master’s degree in geology from UW-Milwaukee, has been with STS since 2001.
Amy Meyer has joined Schroeder Solutions in New Berlin as an account manager. She has nine years of experience in the office furniture industry. Meyer holds a degree in communications from UW-Milwaukee.
Aaron M. Hurvitz has joined the Milwaukee law firm of von Briesen & Roper, working as an associate in the business and labor and employment sections. He earned his law degree from UW-Madison in 1998, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Irvine in 1989. Elizabeth C. Stone has joined the law firm as an associate in its Health Care Practice Group. She earlier had served as an in-house attorney with the University of Wisconsin Medical School and practiced with a law firm in Atlanta. Stone earned a law degree, magna cum laude, from Duke Law School in 1997 and, also magna cum laude, a bachelor’s degree in political science from Duke University in 1993.
Dean Filandrinos has been named manager of the Outplacement Division of Personal Resource Services, West Allis, a division of Staff One. Filandrinos has 20 years of experience in human resources and is a UW-Whitewater graduate.
Eppstein Uhen Architects has added six associates to its core leadership team, John Chapman, Peter Kucha, Jonathan Parker, Mark Haberman, Randy Schmitz and Phyllis Robbins. Chapman, a design associate in the Commercial Studio, joined Eppstein Uhen in 2000 as a senior design architect. He received his master’s degree in architecture, with honors, from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in 1989. Kucha, a project management associate in the Commercial Studio, has more than 17 years of experience, including more than nine with Eppstein Uhen. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1989, with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Parker, a market associate in the Public Studio, has more than 19 years of architectural and management experience. He joined Eppstein Uhen in 2000. Parker received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from UW-Milwaukee in 1983. Haberman, a production associate in the Public Studio, has more than 20 years of experience. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from UW-Milwaukee in 1982. Schmitz, a production associate in the Public Studio, has nearly 15 years of experience. He received his bachelors’ degree in architecture from UW-Milwaukee in 1988. Robbins, a production association in the Health & Wellness Studio, has been with Eppstein Uhen for 16 years and has nearly 25 years of experience. She received her bachelor’s degree in interior design from Iowa State University, where she graduated with honors in 1981.
Natural Resources Technology in Pewaukee has hired Jennifer Hagen, Thomas Pirelli, Eric Tlachac, Micah Witt and Jennifer Youngblood. Hagen is an environmental engineer with eight years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering projects. Tlachac is an environmental engineer with six years of experience in design and field engineering, construction management, quality control and project management of solid and hazardous waste remediation projects. Youngblood is an environmental scientist with two years of experience in various aspects of environmental and pollution control, in addition to water and soil analysis. Witt is a computer network specialist in the firm’s IT department. Pirelli is the new warehouse and field equipment manager.
David Zapecki has been hired for the new position of executive director of the Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association in Milwaukee. Zapecki most recently served as economic development director for Milwaukee County and earlier served on the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. Before his election to the county board, Zapecki was assistant manager of the Milwaukee chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, and earlier was on County Executive William O’Donnell’s staff. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Cardinal Stritch University.
Plunkett Raysich Architects, Milwaukee, has announced the following promotions: Anthony Breitlow to architectural designer II, Scott Cieslak to architectural designer III, Roger Davis to architectural designer II, Craig Eide to project architect/manager of quality control, Patrick Griffin to project architect, Kristen Havenor to senior interior designer, William Hodgins to architectural designer II, Jennifer LaDell to architectural designer II, Brian Nelson to project designer III, James Schinneller to senior project architect, Eric Schoedel to architectural designer II, William Schumann to business development manager-healthcare, Donald Schwartz to vice president, Cheyenne Skenandore to architectural designer II, Dorothy Snow to vice president, and Barry Yang to architect.
June 27, 2003 Small Business Times, Milwaukee