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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Harley-Davidson Museum opens new exhibit
April 10, 2014 10:00 AM
After acquiring a “T2” motorcycle used in the 1991 action film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” earlier this year, the Harley-Davidson Museum is unveiling its newest display today.
The “T2” motorcycle forms the centerpiece of the display, which also includes some other tokens and props from the movie, such as a costume Schwarzenegger work, shot gun props, and Polaroid images of the film’s takes. Those additional pieces are on loan from a private collection.

The motorcycle, which still exhibits significant production wear from the film, is one of the last remaining 1990 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycles ridden by Schwarzenegger, according to the museum.

The motorcycle’s appearance in the film is a significant part of Harley-Davidson’s history, said Bill Davidson, vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum.

“The ‘T2’ motorcycle is a great addition to our collection, and it signifies one of the most important film roles our product has played in pop culture history,” Davidson said. “We are excited to put the motorcycle on display for visitors to see, and for some, take them back to 1991 and a time when this iconic film ruled the box office.”

To celebrate today’s launch of the “T2” display, the museum will host a “T2” Bike Night beginning at 5 p.m. The evening will include a special screening of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” food and drink specials, raffles, and gallery talks at 4 and 6 p.m.

The museum is located at 400 W. Canal St. in Milwaukee.

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Gardetto is BizTimes Woman Executive of the Year
April 10, 2014 10:00 AM
Nannette “Nan” Gardetto will receive the 2014 BizTimes Woman Executive of the Year Award.

Gardetto is the owner and chief executive officer of Baptista's Bakery Inc. in Franklin. Baptista's is a contract manufacturer and product developer of nutritional snack products. The company's customers are large consumer packaged goods companies.

Baptista's has nearly 400 employees and operates in a 260,000-square-foot facility.

Prior to Baptista's, Gardetto worked at her family's business, Gardetto's, beginning in 1975. In 1987, she became executive vice president and led the company until it was sold 1999 to General Mills. At the time of the sale, two Gardetto manufacturing facilities existed. As part of the sale of Gardetto's, one plant was carved out and retained by Nan to house her new business venture, Baptista's Bakery, which was named after her father and grandfather.

Baptista's has been the recipient of many awards for fast growth, including Deloitte's "Top 75 Wisconsin Businesses" award for 2012 and 2013. It also received Deloitte's "Distinguished Performer Award for Entrepreneurship" in 2012.

A resident of Mequon, Gardetto is widowed, has three grown stepchildren and four grandchildren. Through a new relationship, she also is a mother to two teenage children. She currently serves on the boards of directors for several organizations, including Aurora Healthcare, The Blood Center Research Foundation, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Andis Co.

Previous recipients of the BizTimes Woman Executive of the Year Award have included: Maria Monreal-Cameron, former president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Wisconsin; former Harley-Davidson Inc. executive Gail Lione; and Dohmen CEO Cynthia LaConte.

Gardetto will receive the award during the BizTimes Women in Business breakfast at the BizExpo on Wednesday, May 21 at Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee. To register to attend the Women in Business Breakfast, visit

The breakfast also will include a discussion by a panel of executives, including: Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee; Nancy Hernandez, president of ABRAZO Multicultural Marketing & Communication in Milwaukee; Phyllis King, associate vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Tami Scully Garrison, community commerce and partnerships manager at MillerCoors in Milwaukee. The panel discussion will be led by Kimberly Kane, president and founder of Kane Communications Group.

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BizTimes announces I.Q. Awards for innovation in business
April 10, 2014 10:15 AM
BizTimes Media has announced the recipients of its 2014 I.Q. (Innovation Quotient) Awards.

The awards salute companies for their business innovations.

The I.Q. Awards recipients are:
  • Badger Meter Inc., a Brown Deer-based manufacturer that developed BEACON Advanced Metering Analytics, a cellular-based meter reading product.
  • Briggs & Stratton Corp., a Wauwatosa-based manufacturer of small engines that developed an "Innovation Showcase" to bring several new products to the marketplace.
  • Dynamis Software Corp., a West Allis-based inventor of Dynamic Plan Designer, a cloud-based software system for health insurance brokers.
  • Hydro-Thermal Corp., a Waukesha-based manufacturer that invented "The Smart Cooking System."
  • MillerCoors, a brewing company that has developed an exclusive, robust system of environmental sustainability in the brewing process in Milwaukee.
  • National Business Furniture, a Milwaukee-based company that opened a new 15,000-square-foot showroom in abandoned retail space in The Shops of Grand Avenue in downtown Milwaukee.
  • Odyne Systems LLC, a Waukesha-based manufacturer that developed hybrid drive systems for medium and heavy duty vehicles.
  • Okanjo, a Milwaukee-based e-commerce service company that provides cloud-based solutions for retailers, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
  • OS Inc., a Pewaukee-based provider of specialized revenue cycle management services for the health care industry, which developed a new "efficientC" program to classify insurance claims for processing in Obamacare.
  • Radian Corp., a Brookfield-based inventor of the Heated Chair, an office chair with a built-in, programmable and rechargeable heater.
The I.Q. Awards will be presented during the Bravo! Entrepreneur and I.Q. Awards Luncheon to be held at the BizExpo on Wednesday, May 21, at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee.

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Local leaders to be inducted into Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame
April 10, 2014 10:00 AM
Exemplary business leaders from across the state, including several from local companies, will be honored at the 2014 Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony and benefit dinner today.

Nathaniel Zelazo, co-founder of Milwaukee-based aerospace parts manufacturer Astronautics Corp. of America; William Specht, co-founder of Menomonee Falls-based sandwich chain Cousins Submarines Inc. and Terry Growcock, former chairman and chief executive officer of Manitowoc-based crane and foodservice equipment manufacturer The Manitowoc Co. will be honored at the event. Marvin Schuette of Wausau Homes will also be inducted.

Helen Johnson Leipold of Racine-based Johnson Outdoors Inc. will receive the Distinguished Executive Award. Cecelia Gore of the Milwaukee Brewers Foundation will receive the Peak Performer Award. And Carter Drake of Fort Atkinson-based Dreamscape Landscaping will receive the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

The event will be held tonight at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, and will include more than 500 attendees.

Inductees are chosen based on the impact they have made in Wisconsin through business innovations, effective management and civic involvement. They are also championed as role models for children, and the event raises money for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, which aims to inspire young people to succeed in a global economy.

"It is our honor to induct these distinguished Laureates into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame," said Tim Greinert, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. "They created better, more productive lives for their employees who became family. Fashioned new and innovative ways of doing business; and set extraordinary goals, and then exceeded them. These Laureates are exceptional role models for Wisconsin's young people."

Previous Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame inductees include Robert Harlan of the Green Bay Packers, Pleasant Rowland of American Girl, Frederick Stratton, Jr. of Briggs & Stratton, Richard Teerlink of Harley-Davidson, Inc., John Stollenwerk of Allen Edmonds Shoe Company, Don Schneider of Schneider Trucking, Bud Selig of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club and Oscar Mayer.

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Common Ground votes against new arena
April 10, 2014 09:00 AM
Common Ground's Fair Play Assembly, a group of more than 600 congregations, nonprofits, small businesses and schools dedicated to greatness in public spaces, voted yesterday to oppose a new Milwaukee arena unless $150 to $200 million is invested in public Milwaukee County facilities that benefit children.

Common Ground said its research shows that amount is needed to bring Milwaukee County's outdoor recreational facilities up to "excellent facility" standards.

"It is clear to Common Ground Fair Play leaders that the Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force on which we serve is not the "power table" where decisions will be made on the financing mechanism for a New Bucks Arena," the group said in a campaign briefing to members. "The task force sees itself as a 'pace car.' It is also clear that there will be an effort to include facilities beyond the New Bucks Arena as beneficiaries of a potential non-partisan tax increase. We want Fair Play to be one of those entities."

The group plans to send at least 50 delegates to the Milwaukee Bucks game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee on April 16 to "show our commitment to fair play."

If the investment in fair play is approved, the group would support public funding for a new arena.

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Lakeland College announces new director of Milwaukee Center
April 10, 2014 10:00 AM
Lakeland College has appointed Jennifer Christensen director of its Milwaukee Center, located at 1135 S. 70th St. in West Allis.
Christensen spent the last 14 months as executive director of enrollment at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. Under her leadership of initiatives within the college’s Adult and Graduate Studies program, new enrollments jumped 70 percent.

Prior to working for Wisconsin Lutheran College, Christensen worked in enrollment at the Arizona-based Institute for Professional Development, an education management firm offering recruitment, retention and revenue-generating services. She spent seven years as an enrollment representative before being promoted to executive director of enrollment and contracts, a position she filled for 10 years. During her tenure at IPD, Christensen contributed to the management and growth of enrollment at Cardinal Stritch University, a client institution of IPD.

Lakeland College is a private, liberal arts college based in Sheboygan County. The college has course offerings at seven locations in Wisconsin along with online programming.

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Ropes course proposed at Whitnall Park
April 10, 2014 09:00 AM
Go Ape Ltd., a ropes course operator based in the United Kingdom with its U.S. headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., wants to create one of its “treetop adventure courses” in Milwaukee County's Whitnall Park, according to a memo from Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture Director John Dargle Jr. to Supervisor Gerry Broderick, who chairs the County Board's Parks, Energy and Environment Committee. The committee will review the proposal on April 15.

The Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture issued a request for proposal in November seeking an operator interested in creating an adventure ropes course. Go Ape responded with its proposal for Whitnall Park.

The course would be set up near the Ross Lodge, a former farm house at 6750 S. 92nd St. in Greendale that is available to rent for group meetings or for overnight rentals by civic or church youth groups. The lodge is located across the street from the parking lot for the Whitnall Park Golf Course.

According to its website, all of Go Ape's courses are located in public parks. The courses consist of treetop ostacles, zip lines and "tarzan" swings.

Go Ape is the largest ropes course operator in the world with 28 courses in the U.K. and 6 in the U.S., according to Dargle's memo.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
April 10, 2014 10:00 AM

"We feel that we have a responsibility essentially to ensure our graduates are well-educated about mental illness and can serve these individuals and families in a very caring and compassionate way."
~Kelly Dries, dean of the College of Nursing at Cardinal Stritch University.

Read more about the university's new nursing degree program and mental health strand in the latest issue of BizTimes Milwaukee.

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Bubbler Executive of the Week
April 10, 2014 10:00 AM

John Walch, owner of Blaze Pizza
Company address: 17530 West Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, WI 53045
Industry: Restaurant
Number of employees: 35
Family: Married with three sons

Where did Blaze Pizza originate and how did it end up in Brookfield?
“Blaze Pizza is headquartered in Pasadena, California. After selling my Panera Bread franchise in 2011, I was looking for another great restaurant concept to bring to Wisconsin. I found Blaze Pizza and knew immediately that it would be a hit here. There is no other restaurant like Blaze in the area, and since I like to be first in everything that I do, I couldn’t wait to bring this new trend to Brookfield. This was only the second Blaze Pizza outside of Southern California, so we are very early on in the brand and the whole fast-casual pizza arena.”

Why did you think that Blaze Pizza would be a good fit for southeastern Wisconsin?  
“First and foremost, I believe in the quality of the pizza. We make our own dough and sauce and work hard to get great ingredients. I also love the interactive nature of the business; each guest co-creates their pizza using any of the 40 plus toppings they want. In the end, you get the equivalent of a $15 quality pizza but for only $7.45. Being born and raised here, I know that Wisconsinites like a good value, and so far that seems to be true.”

How would you describe the atmosphere at Blaze Pizza? What kind of dining experience can patrons expect?  
“Blaze has a very casual atmosphere with high ceilings, bright accent colors and fun graphics. We also have comfortable wood chairs and tables so you can take a load off while enjoying your pizza. There is a lot of interaction between guests and employees on the line while making the pizza and when picking up the finished product. This leads to a fun and lively experience for everyone. It’s the perfect atmosphere for a casual meal with friends, a business lunch or a family outing.”

You claim that all your pizzas are made in 180 seconds or less. How is that possible?  
“We use a Woodstone stone deck oven that cooks the pizza from both the bottom and the top.  The bottom of the oven will be around 550 degrees, and inside the dome, it can get to 800 degrees. This, along with our special dough and thin crust, gives you an artisan pizza cooked directly on the deck of the oven. It’s the same type of oven you may see in Naples; it’s very old technology but the best for making pizza.”

What will be your restaurant’s main challenges this year?
“Continuing to get the word out about Blaze and what fast-fired artisan pizza is all about. Since there is nobody else doing this in the area, we are literally “blazing” new trails.”

Do you have any plans to expand Blaze Pizza with additional locations in the region?
“Yes, we are working on our second location in the Milwaukee area that we hope to open by late summer, and we are actively looking at locations in Madison as well.”

Do you have a business mantra?  
“Trust is paramount. Trust comes from respect. Respect is earned.”

What was the best advice you ever received?  
“Hire for personality because you can train skills, but you can’t teach friendliness.”  

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you in your career?  
“When I was running the Stadium Club at Arrowhead Stadium, we hosted an autograph charity event. The big draw that night was then quarterback Joe Montana. When it was his time to appear, I had to escort him up the central staircase with the director of security. At the top of the stairs, in the rush of excited fans, he took a step back and didn’t realize that he was still on the steps. The director of security and I ended up literally catching him before he stumbled down the steps. It’s not every day that you get to save an NFL quarterback.”

What do you like to do in your free time?  
“I love spending time working on my 100-plus-year-old farmhouse and in the yard with my family.”

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Hot Bubbler Books
April 10, 2014 10:00 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:
1. “Forty Chances,” by Howard Buffett
2. “Promise of a Pencil,” by Adam Braun
3. “Hard Thing about Hard Things,” by Ben Horowitz
4. “Transforming Pain to Power,” by Daniel Beaty
5. “Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!” by Lori Greiner

Courtesy of 800 CEO Read.

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Bubbler Calendar
April 10, 2014 10:00 AM

*Thursday, April 10, Biz Starts will open its BizForge Resource HUB in Schlitz Park with a grand opening celebration. The office acts as a collaborative resource center to help entrepreneurs and business leaders as they launch new companies. During the opening ceremony, Biz Starts will also reveal Wisconsin’s first “Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.” The event, scheduled to run from 4 to 7 p.m., will include a program followed by refreshments, tours and networking. The new center is located in Schlitz Park at 1555 River Center Dr., Ste. 210, in Milwaukee. For more information about the event, click here.

*Thursday, April 10, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will present “Business After 5,” a networking event for area business owners and their staff members. The event is schedule to run from 5 to 7 p.m. at Stan’s Fit For Your Feet, located at 17155 W. Bluemound Rd. in Brookfield. Cost for chamber members is $10 with pre-registration and $15 at the door. Cost for first-time attendees is $15 and $40 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit

*Friday, April 11, the Milwaukee Art Museum will host “MAM After Dark: Back to the Prom.” The social event, presented by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, will feature live music by Random Maxx, a photo booth, punch tastings, artwork tours, crafts and more. Activities will follow the theme of “Enchantment Under the Sea,” and attendees are encouraged to dress for prom. The event will run from 6 p.m. to midnight at the art museum, located at 700 N. Art Museum Dr. in Milwaukee. Admission costs $9 in advance and $14 at the door. Museum members can attend for free, and individuals who join at the door will also be granted free admission with a friend. For more information, visit

*Saturday, April 12, through Saturday, April 19, Newaukee will present the third annual YPWeek. The conference is designed to bring young professionals together and engage them in discussions about issues impacting their generation and Milwaukee. The week will include 30 events at 25 Milwaukee locations. Highlights include an adult sleepover at the Milwaukee Public Museum; a live performance by the Milwaukee Ballet to music by a local rock band; a reverse job fair at the Milwaukee Art Museum; and a keynote address by John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes. Most YPWeek events are free and open to the public. For a complete lineup of events, visit

*Thursday, April 17, the Milwaukee Press Club will host a “Behind the Headlines” discussion on the push for a new arena in downtown Milwaukee. The event will feature a panel discussion between area journalists and three industry leaders on the debate surrounding the need for a new arena in downtown Milwaukee to replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with lunch at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, located at 1001 N. 4th St. in Milwaukee. Cost is $20 for press club members and $25 for non-members. The event is open to the public. Seating will be limited, and advanced registration and payment are required. For more information or to register, click here.

*Thursday, April 24, FUEL Milwaukee will host “Purely Social @ Oak.” The social networking event, part of a FUEL Milwaukee event series, will include complimentary appetizers and drink specials, “mix and mingle” activities, and socializing with area professionals. The free event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Oak is located at 231 E. Buffalo St. in Milwaukee. For more information or to register, visit

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BizTimes Around Town: Bank Your Future – An Interview Meet-up
April 10, 2014 10:00 AM
On Saturday, March 29, Associated Bank in collaboration with the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and in partnership with Metro Milwaukee Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Milwaukee Center for Independence hosted the second annual Bank Your Future: An Interview Meet-up, an educational event focused on helping more than 300 youth (14-19 years old) develop interviewing, financial literacy, and college readiness skills.
Check out today’s BizTimes Around Town.

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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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