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MSOE students win national competition
October 16, 2014 10:45 AM
A team of students from Milwaukee School of Engineering captured first place at the National Design-Build Student Competition during the 2014 Design-Build Conference and Expo held in Dallas, Texas, the first week of October.
The competition, sponsored by the Design-Build Institute of America, challenged students from universities across the country to apply design-build best practices to project proposals focused on a more than 120,000 square foot recreation center on a college campus.

Student team finalists from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Washington vied against MSOE for the top spot. Each team finalist explained its proposal to a national jury composed of design and construction professionals who are all DBIA members.

MSOE’s team presented a solution to design and construct a $34 million 120,000-square-foot recreation facility on Beloit College’s campus.

The winning team, advised by associate professor Robert Lemke, was comprised of Donald Bogle-Boesiger, who is majoring in architectural engineering and construction management, as well as Jordan Borst, Benjamin Ihlen and Zane Witt, who are all majoring in architectural engineering and structural engineering.

“What set the Milwaukee School of Engineering team apart was their thorough dissection of the owner’s requirements to understand the owner’s vision in their written response to the RFP,” said jury chairman Dennis Ray Ashley. “During the presentation to the panel, they communicated with confidence and passion their ability to provide those design and construction services.”

To qualify for the national competition, MSOE was previously selected as one of 10 regional winners for the competition’s first stage, which judged candidates’ Request for Qualifications submissions. During the second level of the competition, each finalist team received a Request for Proposal.

The 2014 regional winners encompassed teams from California State University-Long Beach, Colorado State University, Iowa State University, MSOE, New School of Architecture & Design, Roger Williams University, University of Florida, University of Oklahoma and University of Washington.

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Pfister documentary nominated for Emmy
October 16, 2014 10:51 AM
A documentary about The Pfister Hotel has earned an Emmy nomination.
The Pfister: History & Story, a 23-minute overview of the historic Milwaukee hotel, was produced by Deb Zindler and Cory Zimmermann of z2, a branding firm in Waukesha. The makers spent six months conducting research and interviews, filming, writing and editing.

Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of Milwaukee-based The Marcus Corp. that owns The Pfister, commissioned the documentary for the hotel’s 120th anniversary last year.

The Marcus family has preserved The Pfister’s Victorian art collection, which is the largest of any hotel worldwide, since Ben Marcus purchased it out of bankruptcy in 1962. The documentary shares stories about many of the interesting events that have occurred at the hotel, the famous people who have stayed there, and its impact on Milwaukee.

“We wanted to capture the incredible stories that are a part of The Pfister throughout its history for future generations and guests,” said Chris Anderson, senior vice president of sales, marketing and brand development for Marcus Hotels & Resorts. “Throughout the process we discovered that everyone has a Pfister story, from small moments to major life events. The Pfister creates wonderful memories every day.”

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Nominate local Health Care Heroes
October 16, 2014 10:53 AM
BizTimes Media is accepting nominations for its Health Care Heroes Awards, which honor individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in our area.
The inspirational program recognizes excellence, promotes innovation, encourages emulation of successful programs, educates the general public and contributes to the enhancement of the value and quality of health care.

BizTimes is accepting nominations for the following categories:
* Advancements in Health Care: Honors a company or individual primarily responsible for a scientific discovery or for the development of a new medical product or procedure.
* Behavioral Health: Honors an individual or organization for its leadership, commitment and care on behavioral health issues.
* Community Service: Honors an individual or organization for leadership in focusing on solving a particular health care issue.
* Corporate Achievement in Health Care: Honors a company that has successfully implemented an innovative health care product, process or service.
* Executive Leadership: Honors a senior-level individual who demonstrates strong skills in leading his or her organization in quality care, collaboration and financial management.
* First Responder: Honors a person who arrived on the scene of a health care emergency, utilizing his or her training to treat and comfort the patient in need.
* Health Care Staff: Honors an individual who has made a significant difference in the wellbeing of others.
* Nurse: Honors an individual from the nursing field whose performance on the job is considered exemplary by patients, peers and physicians.
* Physician: Honors a physician whose performance on the job is considered exemplary by patients and peers.
* Volunteer: Honors an individual who has done volunteer work for the good of one or more people or the entire community.
Nominations will be judged on documented accomplishments, and winners will be notified in early November. All Health Care Heroes Award winners will be profiled in a print edition of BizTimes Milwaukee and on The winners will be saluted at a breakfast on Friday, Dec. 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee-West in Wauwatosa.

The deadline for nominations is Oct. 17. To nominate a Health Care Hero, visit

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Greater Milwaukee Committee joins drive for board diversity
October 16, 2014 10:55 AM
Corporate boards in Wisconsin are moving in the right direction with efforts to increase racial/ethnic and gender diversity, but more work is needed, according to a Board Diversity report released Monday by the Greater Milwaukee Committee in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc.
In addition to the report, the GMC also announced at its membership meeting it will lead a new initiative on a CEO-to-CEO basis to facilitate board inclusion. The effort will managed by the organization’s Future Workforce Committee, led by ManpowerGroup chairman Jeff Joerres and Wisconsin Energy Corp. chairman and CEO Gale Klappa. Its goals include:

1. Support Milwaukee Women inc’s goal of moving from 15.5 percent to 25 percent women on WI50 boards by 2015. This means an increase from 69 to 111 seats, or 42 more board seats.

2. Bring WI50 companies up to the WI Fortune 50 numbers for ethnic minority directors from 8 percent in 2014 to 13 percent in 2018, with a goal of reaching the halfway mark of 10.5 percent by 2015. This means an increase from 34 to 57 seats, or 23 more board seats.

3. Create quarterly engagement opportunities for board candidates and corporations, and increase the size of the board candidate list by December 2015 from 85 to 200 qualified individuals.

Currently, approximately one in 10 board seats in the Wisconsin Top 50 is an underrepresented minority. Racial diversity in the Wisconsin Top 50 is about equal to the national average; however, women are increasing their presence in the board room.

“This year is the first time we’ve seen measurable improvement in gender diversity in three years, with 15.5 percent of directors in the Wisconsin Top 50 being women, up from 14.3 percent in 2013,” said Milwaukee Women inc chair Phyllis King. “That said, we still have significant work to do – and we look forward to working with the GMC and other organizations to continue improving these numbers.”

Nationally, there are strong efforts to drive board diversity as an important corporate governance issue. While there is much discussion about the issue, strong data is difficult to find. Companies are not required to report numbers outlining board diversity, leaving such information to be collected voluntarily, which many GMC member companies did for the survey.

“The results of this report can help us lead, because it allows our community to move from the question of ‘why’ to ‘how,’” said GMC president Julia Taylor. “It’s too easy to focus on the reasons that corporate governance does not reflect the population it often serves,” Taylor said. “We need to focus on how to bring about change in this field. We’re pleased with our ongoing collaboration with Milwaukee Women inc and other community organizations to lead this change.”

MWi began collecting gender diversity data in 2003. The GMC, in partnership with MWi, created a database in 2006 of potential board candidates who are female and/or of a racial or ethnic minority. The database, which is populated with nominations and submissions by GMC members, is available to any member of a company who is looking for potential diverse board nominees.

For more information and to see the full Board Diversity Report, visit

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Cover story: Can Kathryn Bufano save Boston Store?
October 16, 2014 10:58 AM
As the new president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., Kathryn Bufano has a big job to do as she tries to turn around one of southeastern Wisconsin's most iconic retail brands.
Bon-Ton, the parent company of Boston Store, has struggled in recent years with significant losses and has not turned an annual profit since 2010.

Read more in the new issue of BizTimes Milwaukee magazine.

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Milwaukee Biz Blog: Summit to intersect community development and creative problem solving
October 16, 2014 11:00 AM
This year's Creative Milwaukee @ Work Summit, presented by Creative Alliance Milwaukee, will leverage the talents of the region's creative class to impact three of Milwaukee's top economic and community development projects.
Read more in Monday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by reporter Erica Breunlin.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
October 16, 2014 11:02 AM

“Hire people that are a lot smarter than you are and have a well-defined set of core values and strategic goals that are clearly communicated. This provides the necessary framework for employees to excel. Don't grow too fast. Always make sure your growth is manageable and that you are leveraging technology and sharing information throughout your organization. If it works in your company, provide a work/life balance for your employees.”
~Kim Hastings, president of C.J. & Associates in New Berlin.
Read Wednesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by BizTimes Milwaukee executive editor Steve Jagler: Take your company to the ‘Next Stage.’

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BizTimes Bubbler Executive of the Week: Jeffrey Clark
October 16, 2014 11:03 AM

Jeffrey Clark, president and CEO of Waukesha Metal Products
Address: N53 W24635 S. Corporate Circle, Sussex
Industry: Contract metal forming manufacturer
Employees: 125
Family: Wife and three children

What was the smartest thing your company did in the past year?    
“Expand our capacity and capability with the acquisition of Revstone SLP in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.”

What’s new at your company?    
“Our San Luis Potosí, Mexico plant and team.”

Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?    
“We have several large programs launching in 2015 that will require capital expenditures and talent expansion at all three of our manufacturing locations. Our hope is to add at least 10 positions in our U.S. operations next year. We have yet to determine how many positions we will add in Mexico.”
What will be your company’s main challenges in the next year?  
“Balancing the resource requirements of the new operation in San Luis Potosí and the launch of major programs in our Grafton and Sussex facilities.”  

Why are you based in southeastern Wisconsin? What benefits does the region offer your company?    
“The company was founded in Waukesha in 1971. The founders learned their trade in this area and chose to stay because of the talent base. I continue to see southeastern Wisconsin as a premier manufacturing region in the U.S. with a rich tradition of skilled talent.”  

How concerned are you about finding talent in the future workforce? How does your company help prepare students to fill in-demand positions in your industry?
“I believe talent will be the biggest limiting factor for growth for any company based on the predicted population growth, baby boomer retirements and current immigration policies. We have been working with numerous K-12 school districts and GPS Education Partners to enhance manufacturing career awareness and provide work-based learning opportunities for high school students. We are partnering with GPS Education Partners and several other local manufacturers to launch a new Advanced Manufacturing Certificate Pathway at our Sussex facility in 2015. We are also working with regional technical colleges and universities to offer apprenticeships and internships for skilled trades, maintenance, automation technology, engineering, supply chain management, and business disciplines. Our corporate goal is to have 10 to 15 percent of our workforce be apprentices, interns or co-op students.”

Do you have a business mantra?    
“Grow or die.”

What was the best advice you ever received?    
“One of my early bosses told me that the best leaders recognize the point in time when they have reached their maximum potential to contribute to the organization and have the confidence to step aside so the organization can grow and perform. Fortunately, I have not reached that point!”

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you in your career?
“Not funny at the time, but one faux pas that I can laugh at now happened when I first traveled to Japan to meet with a customer. Having little international business experience and no ‘international team,’ I secured a very nice travel wallet embossed with our logo to give to our customers as a gift. Unfortunately I did not realize in Japanese customs that the color of the black leather travel wallet had an unintended meaning of bad luck or death. I now do a better customs review for every country we conduct business with ahead of time!”        

What do you like to do in your free time?    
“Spend time with my family, work towards a third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and read about history.”

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Hot Bubbler Books
October 16, 2014 11:06 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:
1. “Zero to One,” by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
2. “Education of a Value Investor,” by Guy Spier
3. “Innovating Women,” by Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya
4. “Small Business Online Marketing Handbook,” by Annie Tsai
5. “Smartcuts,” by Shane Snow

Courtesy of 800 CEO Read.

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Erica Breunlin BizTimes Bubbler Weekly is compiled by BizTimes Milwaukee reporter Erica Breunlin. This bulletin is published every Thursday morning. Send news tips to or call her at (414) 336-7121.

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