Top 10 Businesses of the Year announced

The Waukesha County Business Alliance and media sponsor BizTimes Media have announced the 2014 Top 10 Businesses of the Year.

The annual awards program recognizes companies headquartered in southeastern Wisconsin that have demonstrated consistent financial growth and dedication to good business practices through employee relations, customer-focused commitment and community service involvement.

“We’re honored to recognize such outstanding companies in this year’s Top 10 Businesses of the Year awards program,” said Suzanne Kelley, president, Waukesha County Business Alliance. “This year’s winners are absolutely outstanding examples of the strong, innovative and thriving companies we have in southeastern Wisconsin.”

The Top 10 Businesses of the Year are:

  • Badger Alloys, Inc. 
  • Principals/executive staff: Rob Cowen, president and chief executive officer; Kristen Koch, chief financial officer
  • Industry: Manufacturing/wholesale
  • Full-time employees: 122


  • Capri Senior Communities – Tarantino & Co. LLC
  • Principals/executive staff: James Tarantino, principal; Glen Choban, vice president; Jen Kessel, director of independent living; Andy Lange, director of assisted living
  • Industry: Property management/senior living
  • Full-time employees: 108


  • Centare
  • Principals/executive staff: Chad Albrecht, president; Amy Fallucca, VP, human resources; Jacob Scherrer, corporate VP; Dave Rice, VP, sales; Tim Eiring, VP, Madison
  • Industry: Technology
  • Full-time employees: 114


  • EmbedTek LLC
  • Principals/executive staff: Dan Aicher, CEO; Tom Fotsch, chief operating officer; Ted Platz, VP, sales; Kent Tabor, founder, chief technology officer
  • Industry: Technology
  • Full-time employees: 65


  • First Bank Financial Centre
  • Principals/executive staff: Mark Mohr, president and CEO; Mark McCune, senior vice president and chief lending officer; Nate Zastrow, senior vice president and CFO
  • Industry: Financial services


  • Gustave A. Larson Co.
  • Principals/executive staff: Scott Larson, president/COO; Andrew Larson, CEO; Brad Lamers, VP/CFO; Dan Benischek, VP of operations; Greg Toler, VP supply chain
  • Industry: Manufacturing/wholesale; distribution HVAC/R
  • Full-time employees: 381


  • Hunzinger Construction Co.
  • Principals/executive staff: John C. Hunzinger, president; James R. Hunzinger, executive VP; Kevin P. O’Toole, executive VP; Joel Becker, P.E., VP of field operations; Tim Van Dyn Hoven, VP, project executive; Jon Jansen, P.E., project executive; Larry Palank, P.E., VP preconstruction services
  • Industry: Building/construction
  • Full-time employees: 42


  • Hydro-Thermal Corp.
  • Principals/executive staff: Jim Zaiser, president; Gary Zaiser, CEO; Thomas G. Tellefson, CFO
  • Industry: Manufacturing/wholesale
  • Full-time employees: 57


  • Stan’s Fit For Your Feet and New Balance Milwaukee
  • Principals/executive staff: Jim Sajdak, C.Ped., president/CEO; Linda Timm, VP/COO; Bob Witczak, general manager; Megan Sajdak, C.Ped., marketing director
  • Industry: Retail
  • Full-time employees: 40


  • Waukesha Metal Products
  • Principals/executive staff: Jeffrey Clark, president/CEO; Michael Steger, VP/COO; Nicholas Schneider, VP sales/marketing
  • Industry: manufacturing/wholesale
  • Full-time employees: 137

Community Distinction Award

  • Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
  • Principals/executive staff: Jonathan Winkle, executive director; Megan Huse, development director; Anna Helgeson, education and visual art director; Jon Sorenson, finance director; Jennifer Bauer, marketing director; Chris Blad, production and facilities director
  • Industry: Nonprofit arts organization
  • Full-time employees: 14

The announcement of the No. 1 Business of the Year will take place at the awards ceremony on Friday, June 6, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. The luncheon will feature a panel of representatives from each of the winning organizations. For more information or to register, click here.

The Waukesha County Business Alliance is a countywide chamber of commerce with more than 900 member companies, representing more than 60,000 employees. The mission of the Alliance is to drive economic growth in Waukesha County.

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