Senior communication strategist Marquette University Milwaukee
If you don’t know anything about Chris Stolarski, you could learn a couple of things about his interests and career just by stepping into his Zilber Hall office. The 1965 Robert Stanley pop art portrait of John Lennon, which is on loan from Marquette’s Haggerty Museum of Art, represents his love for The Beatles, he said. Hung on the adjacent wall is another decorative piece – an art deco-style poster of Marquette Hall created by one of the university’s graphic designers. On his desk, the “jiggly hula girl” statue, he said, is nod to a line in “The Shawshank Redemption,” Stolarski’s favorite movie. As head of public relations for the university’s building projects, he often dons the navy blue hardhat perched atop the bookshelf.
Chief innovation officer GMR Marketing LLC New Berlin
Bryan Rasch uses his love of sports cars as a form of stress relief, both outside of work and at his desk. He started restoring cars with his dad when he was 13 years old, and now he works on old sports cars in his free time to decompress, Rasch said. His office is decorated with vintage model cars and memorabilia, which is his way of surrounding himself with things that “create the calm,” he said.[gallery type="slideshow" size="full" ids="447829,447830,447831,447832,447833,447834"]
President Lanex LLC Brookfield
As the owner of a website design and development company, Matt McCoy shows off his love for computer science. Among “Star Wars” figurines and ultramarathon medals, he displays in his office a TI-99/4A home computer made in the early 1980s. The machine is a duplicate of the one he used as 12-year-old boy first learning how to program computers, but later sold on eBay. McCoy’s office also features the front panel of a 1960s-era PDP-8 minicomputer that once was housed at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was given to him for his 40th birthday by a professor at the university.[gallery type="slideshow" size="full" ids="447835,447836"]
Founder JRM Advisers
With a passion for spending time in the great outdoors, Josh Morby has transformed his office into a hunter’s happy place. Each mount and pelt decorating his office, he said, has a story and brings back memories of the time he has spent fishing and hunting throughout Wisconsin.
“Displays like these in the office are a great way to find ways to relate with business partners and clients,” he said.
President Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Tim Sheehy was given two leather airplane seats from Midwest Airlines after the company merged with Frontier Airlines in 2010. The seats now live on in his office as a reminder of the iconic Milwaukee brand.
Senior art director Core Creative
Angela Fioretti has created an office atmosphere that helps her get the creative juices flowing. Her unique office decor represents her style and aesthetic, and with the right lighting, Fioretti said, she feels both comfortable and inspired while on the job. “I’ve always enjoyed matching the odd and unusual with modern trends. If I can create and work in an environment that inspires me, I find I do better work for our clients.”