Personnel File




Warren Ragland has been promoted to senior advisor-trade compliance and services at Addison-Clifton LLC in Brookfield.

Banking & Finance

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Elise Markwardt has joined Diversified Management Inc. as an associate financial advisor in the Milwaukee office.

First Business Financial Services Inc. recently announced that Nate Dosch has joined First Business Trust & Investments as vice president in the Milwaukee office.

Marlene Castillo has been named community lending program manager at Johnson Bank’s Franklin location. Castillo comes to Johnson Bank with 18 years of mortgage banking experience.

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Business Development & Coaching

Ray Hoffman has joined Small Business Growth Partners, Germantown, as a chief selection specialist. He will be in charge of the national sales and marketing campaign.

ActionCOACH of Elm Grove has added Max Palzewicz and Todd Ruedt to its team of coaching professionals. Ruedt has 30 years of experience in the landscape services industry, growing his own business.

Waukesha-based OnCourse Learning, a leading provider of workforce solutions and a professional trainer for the financial services, health care and real estate industries, has named David Shoemaker its chief learning officer.

Building & Construction

BELFOR Property Restoration, Wauwatosa, has named Jeff Kaminski its new general manager. Kaminski has 20 years of experience in residential, commercial and institutional construction estimating and property restoration.


Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, has named Mark Gesner executive director of academic and community engagement. Gesner will be responsible for supporting the implementation and sustainability of the university’s academic identity, including a focus on community partnerships, engaged learning and innovation.


Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corp. in Milwaukee, announced the promotion of Peggy Williams-Smith to senior vice president, SafeHouse Restaurants. In her new role, Williams-Smith will oversee the development of the SafeHouse brand.


Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. has named Sheldon Cuffie chief information officer, Rebecca Porter vice president of corporate strategy, and has promoted Steve Stribling to vice president of disability income.

Legal Services

Attorney Samantha Amore, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, recently joined the Milwaukee law firm O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. She has experience in preparing tax returns and advises clients on gift, estate and income tax matters.

Jon Richards has joined the law firm of Ziino, Germanotta, Knoll & Christensen, Milwaukee, as a partner. His practice areas include business formation and transactions, nonprofit governance, estate planning, probate administration, real estate and consumer law.

Weiss Berzowski LLP, Milwaukee, has added Dan McDermott to its Estate Planning and Business teams as an attorney.


Wolter Power Systems, a member of Wolter Group LLC, Brookfield, has named Joe Rubens its vice president of sales. Rubens previously worked for Cummins Rocky Mountain in sales and management positions. He functioned as the Southern division regional manager for branches in Phoenix and Las Vegas.


Zizzo Group, Milwaukee has named Kate Erickson art director and Aimee Dierbeck copywriter. As an art director, Erickson will be working collaboratively with the creative and integrated marketing teams to create solutions for a wide range of clients. Dierbeck will manage copywriting for print advertising and digital communications, including websites and social media messaging, as well as external marketing communication materials.

Boelter + Lincoln Marketing Communications has promoted Garth Cramer to creative director and has added Brian Stefanik as associate creative director. Cramer was previously the associate creative director and Stefanik rejoins Boelter + Lincoln after working as senior art director at BVK.

Top Floor, a New Berlin-based digital marketing agency, has named Andrea Tarrell director of marketing and Noemi Hedrich account supervisor.


Cindy Kazan, owner of Communi-K Inc., a full-service marketing, public relations and brand positioning agency, has been named interim vice president of development and communications at Jewish Family Services, Milwaukee.

The United Performing Arts Fund, the largest united fund in the country supporting the Milwaukee-area performing arts, has promoted Laura Rodriguez to marketing director, and has hired Hannah Johnson-Breimeier as development coordinator, Joseph Layden as operations assistant and Angela Topetzes Strelka as its new director of development.

John Hyatt has been named president and chief executive officer of IMPACT Milwaukee. Hyatt joined the organization in 1994 and served as the clinical services director before he was named senior vice president in 2000. Additionally, Sue Beck-Riekkoff, a program director at IMPACT, will begin serving as chief operating officer under Hyatt.

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