Friday, September 19, 2014
Doors Open to feature more than 160 sites
September 19, 2014 10:40 AM
Historic Milwaukee, Inc. will unlock more than 160 of metro Milwaukee’s most coveted buildings this weekend when it presents the city’s fourth annual Doors Open event.
Through the weekend event, the general public is invited to explore Milwaukee’s architecture and built-in environment as well as check out buildings that are not very accessible or that sit off the beaten path.

The event “appeals to people’s innate curiosity about their environment,” said Stacy Swadish, executive director of Historic Milwaukee, a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization focused on promoting and preserving Milwaukee’s history and architecture.

This year’s event is slated to be the largest Doors Open that Historic Milwaukee has ever organized for the city. While last year’s tours drew about 20,000 people to about 150 sites, Historic Milwaukee anticipates close to 25,000 visitors between Saturday and Sunday – including 10,000 visitors to the U.S. Bank building’s observation deck.

Since its inception, Doors Open’s attendance has grown steadily by about 20 percent each year, according to Swadish, who took over leadership of Historic Milwaukee in August 2013.

The event has also continued to expand outward, Swadish said, as this year’s tours will be available at locations as far south as Oak Creek.

While tours are largely free, enabling visitors to wander through buildings at their own pace, Doors Open also features an extensive set of $5 in-depth tours at architectural gems like the Historic Mitchell Building, the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, and the Pabst Mansion, and the Milwaukee Club. Other in-depth tours will wind attendees throughout some of Milwaukee’s most colorful neighborhoods.

Additional guided public tours, free but ticketed, will run at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility and the Soldiers Home Historic District, in addition to other sites.

Among the new sites added to Doors Open’s menu of locations are the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, the St. Mary & St. Antonios Coptic Orthodox Church, and the Milwaukee Gas Light Company’s West Side Works campus.

The entire weekend caters to a broad demographic of residents from across Milwaukee, Wisconsin and outside the state as it draws families, senior citizens, young professionals and beyond, Swadish said.

“I think the great part of this is it appeals to every demographic,” she said.

For a complete lineup of Doors Open buildings and information on guided tours and operation hours, visit

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Vernal Management Consults receives Altenheim Award
September 19, 2014 10:45 AM
Vernal Management Consultants LLC received the 2014 Altenheim Award from the Lutheran Home Foundation at its 15th annual Monarch Ball, held Sept. 13 at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
Heidi Mayer, executive director of The Lutheran Home Foundation, presented the award to Karen Vernal, an expert columnist for BizTimes Milwaukee. The company was honored for its expertise, vision and commitment to improving the skills of the leaders at the Lutheran Home and Harwood Place in Wauwatosa.

The Lutheran Home offers short-term rehabilitation, adult day services, memory care assisted living, skilled nursing care and a children’s center. Harwood Place provides independent retirement living, supportive services and assisted living options.

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MVP announces leadership change as Bray heads to helm of BioForward
September 19, 2014 10:47 AM
Corey Zetts has been named acting executive director of Menomonee Valley Partners, following the appointment of former executive director Laura Bray to CEO of Madison-based BioForward, Inc.
Both leadership changes were announced on Wednesday.

Zetts will take over the helm of MVP immediately as Bray transitions into an advisory role until mid-November, when she makes her move to BioForward. The Wisconsin trade association focuses on strengthening the state’s position as a quality life science community.

Bray has led MVP, a nonprofit fueling revitalization in the Menomonee Valley, for the past 10 years.

Zetts joined MVP in 2005 and most recently served the organization as associate director. In that capacity, she spearheaded projects covering real estate development and business recruitment, infrastructure and sustainable design planning, habitat restoration, public art and community engagement. She has been a significant force in the establishment of new businesses in the Menomonee Valley region as well as the development of Three Bridges Park, the Hank Aaron State Trail and the Urban Ecology Center’s Menomonee Valley site.

Within the last 15 years, MVP’s work and its partnerships with public and private stakeholders have stimulated the relocation or expansion of 40 companies and the creation of 5,000 jobs in the area. Miles of riverbank stretching along the Menomonee River have also been restored, and 45 acres of park grounds have been transformed, according to the organization.

“The Valley has been an incredible success to date, but there is much work ahead,” Zetts said. “Throughout the Valley, there are 70 acres poised for redevelopment in the heart of the city, and this means significant potential for further job creation, environmental restoration and improved connections to surrounding neighborhoods.”

Looking ahead, MVP will direct much of its attention to the completion of Valley 2.0, a market study and land use plan driven by both the organization and the City of Milwaukee. That study, wrapping up within the next six months, aims to plot out the next decade of area revitalization and to clarify what investments are needed to advance the region’s private sector growth.

MVP is also set on finalizing an organizational strategic planning process in the next six months and subsequently establishing a long-term staffing plan.

“The Valley’s success is the result of bold vision, strong planning and collaboration across public and private sectors,” said Mick Hatch, MVP board president. “Our board, staff and many collaborators are dedicated to continuing the Valley’s transformation under Corey’s leadership.”

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Columbia St. Mary's Smart Smiles receives $75,000 From Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile
September 19, 2014 10:49 AM
Columbia St. Mary's Smart Smiles initiative has been awarded $75,000 from Seal-A-Smile, the state's largest school-based oral health program.
For the 2014-15 school year, Smart Smiles will serve 43 Milwaukee Public Schools (an increase of eight from the previous school year) and five private and charter schools. The goal is to provide 8,000 students with preventive dental services to help keep them healthy and free of dental pain during the upcoming school year.  

“Being selected as a Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program not only provides Smart Smiles with operational funding, it gives us credibility with school officials, who graciously allow the program to operate in local schools,” said Robyn Kibler, clinic manager of Columbia St. Mary’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic.

Dental decay, or cavities, is the most common chronic childhood disease, one that can prevent children from attending school.

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Workforce Investment Board forms transition committee
September 19, 2014 10:52 AM
As the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board steers forward with its new president and CEO, Earl Buford, the organization has created a transition committee of community and business representatives.
The committee will focus on growing relationships with the business sector, streamlining the organization and expanding the pool of skilled, trained workers, and devising a strategic plan for 2015.

“As I transitioned into this new role, I thought it was a critical time to bring key stakeholders to the table to evaluate how best we can serve the community,” said Buford, who succeeded former leader Donald Sykes earlier this year [HYPERLINK:] following his retirement. “The transition committee will bring together a diverse group of community and business leaders to ensure that MAWIB is effectively and efficiently meeting the needs of the Milwaukee area’s workforce and employers.”

Committee members are: Buford; Dorothy Buckhanan-Wilson of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin; Sheila Cochran of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council; Michael Cockroft of Felmer’s Chaney Correctional Center; Preston Cole of the Department of Public Works; Ricardo Diaz of United Community Center; Michael Fabishak of Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee; Scott Jansen of the Department of Workforce Development, Division of Employment and Training; Mark Kessenich of WRTP/BIG STEP; John Kissinger of Graef; Donald Layden, Jr. of Baird Venture Partners; David Mitchell of Monarch Corporation; Darryl Morin of Advanced Wireless, Inc.; Jerry Roberts of the Helen Bader Foundation; Maria Roloff of Northwestern Mutual; Karen Spindler of Spindler Consulting; Thelma Sias of We Energies; Teig Whaley-Smith of Milwaukee County; and Wallace White of W2Excel, LLC.

MAWIB is the largest of 11 workforce boards in Wisconsin. Workforce Investment Boards were created through federal legislation and are appointed bodies, certified by law, and given the ability to set policy, guide implementation and provide oversight to the local workforce development system.

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Get Smarter conference will offer advice to young professionals
September 19, 2014 10:54 AM
“The Transfer of Knowledge and Power to the Next Generation” will be the theme of the 2014 BizTimes Get Smarter Talent Development Conference.
For the conference, BizTimes is assembling an unprecedented panel of Milwaukee business and civic leaders who will share their wisdom and lessons learned with the next generation.

The breakfast event will take place at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 17.

BizTimes is inviting all of southeastern Wisconsin's young professionals to attend this “career boot camp” to learn the secrets for jumpstarting their careers and building new skills that will make them more in demand in the workplace and take their organizations to new heights.

The members of the diverse all-star panel of presenters include:

• Lisa Banner, vice president of global human resources, ManpowerGroup.
• Cristy Garcia-Thomas, executive vice president, Aurora Health Care, and president, Aurora Foundation.
• Jalem Getz, president, Wantable Inc.
• Cecelia Gore, executive director, Brewers Community Foundation.
• Catherine Jacobson, CEO, Froedtert Health.
• Richard Leinenkugel, manager of business development, Tenth and Blake Beer Company.
• Richard Pieper Sr., chairman, PPC Partners Inc.
• Debbie Seeger, senior vice president and co-founder, Patina Solutions.
• Christine Specht, president and COO, Cousins Submarines Inc.
• Laura Timm, vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, Briggs & Stratton Corp.

The accomplished executives will speak in rapid-fire succession. They each will be given five minutes to speak in the fast-moving forum. Each is asked to bring five great ideas to help young professionals advance their careers. Young professionals are encouraged to take notes and chronicle the 50 great ideas.

A second panel will feature a lineup of “Rising Stars” in southeastern Wisconsin. These young professionals will engage in an unscripted, candid conversation about the best practices for advancing their careers. The conversation will be moderated by Corry Joe Biddle, executive director of FUEL Milwaukee. The “Rising Stars” on that panel will include: Jesús Villa, employee relations consultant, Northwestern Mutual Insurance Co. Inc.; Emily Phillips, financial advisor, Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.; Alex Runner, global communications program manager, Johnson Controls Inc.; and Emily Vitrano, development coordinator, United Performing Arts Fund.

BizTimes is partnering with FUEL Milwaukee, NEWaukee, the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, the PRSA Southeastern Wisconsin Young Pros and other organizations to attract young professionals to attend the Get Smarter Conference.

To register to attend, visit

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Zilber Family Foundation donates $800,000 toward neighborhood revitalization
September 19, 2014 10:56 AM
The Zilber Family Foundation is investing close to $800,000 in the continuous effort to revitalize and beautify area neighborhoods, according to an announcement made by its board of directors on Tuesday.
The foundation’s funding is broken down into two grants that will support a broader strategy to improve housing conditions in Milwaukee’s Clarke Square and Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods and advance a commercial development project on North Avenue in Lindsay Heights.

“The physical conditions in neighborhoods have a demonstrated impact on factors such as social relationships, health outcomes, safety, and child development,” said Susan Lloyd, executive director of the Zilber Family Foundation. “Investments in developing and preserving homes and buildings will have far reaching positive effects on the quality of life in neighborhoods.”

One of the grants, totaling $299,000, will be distributed to Layton Boulevard West Neighbors over two years. Grant dollars will assist the nonprofit with its home improvement strategies and will support a pool of matching grants available for homeowners needing to make exterior home repairs in the Clarke Square and Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods.

“With continued support from the Zilber Family Foundation, we will connect neighbors with resources to renovate their homes that will result in enhanced neighborhood appearance, stabilized home values, and bolstered community pride and confidence,” said Charlotte John-Gomez, executive director of Layton Boulevard West Neighbors.

A second $500,000 grant will back the Lindsay Heights commercial corridor along North Avenue. The grant, awarded to Walnut Way Conservation Corporation, will assist in phase one development of the Innovations and Wellness Commons, a project set to repurpose North Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets. Once complete, the Commons will house resources such as social services, economic development programs, job opportunities, and new businesses working to fulfill the needs of the neighborhood.

The entire commercial development project is projected to attract more than $6 million of investment. The site’s development team includes Baker Tilly, CG Schmidt, Mayer Helminiak Architects, Reinhart Boerner Van Duren s.c., and Juli Kaufmann of Fix Development.

“The Zilber grant will make a tremendous difference,” said Sharon Adams, Walnut Way’s program director.

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United Way campaign aims to reduce infant mortality
September 19, 2014 10:58 AM
A new advertising and social media campaign is setting out to spark greater public support around the critical need to reduce Milwaukee’s infant mortality rate.
The campaign, announced on Monday at a press conference at United Way of Greater Milwaukee, combines the missions and talents of the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families – an effort led by United Way – and Milwaukee-based Serve Marketing.

Through the grassroots campaign, the Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative and Serve Marketing are reimagining the popular “Strong Baby” advertisements, which premiered in September 2010.

“Too many Milwaukee babies continue to be born too small and too soon,” said Mayor Tom Barrett, co-chair of the Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative. “We have to change the conversation to ensure more babies make it to their first birthday. In order to have strong babies, we must have strong mothers, strong fathers, strong families, and a strong, supportive community.”

In addition to redesigning the “Strong Baby” ads, the campaign will rely heavily on social media to further draw the public into the conversation on curbing infant mortality.

“We need to build a long-term dialogue in the places where our audience likes to have conversations – on their phones, online and using social media,” said Gary Mueller, founder and volunteer creative director for Serve Marketing. “So for the next year, we’re placing a heavy emphasis on building a strong social community to help us spread the word about what it takes to have a strong baby.”

Serve Marketing, an all-volunteer, nonprofit advertising agency, devised the original “Strong Baby” campaign in 2010. One of the original Strong Babies, Savannah, appears on bus shelter ads that will debut this week in targeted zip codes. Along with Savannah, who is now a healthy 4 year old, the ads display the message, “It’s time more babies became strong babies.”

Community residents can add to the conversation generated by the campaign at Public information and a dialogue will also be featured on the “Strong Baby” campaign’s revamped Facebook page.

“This campaign allows us to communicate with young moms and dads, parents-to-be, and the broader community about the importance of understanding the kind of individual and community change that will lead to a lower risk of prematurity,” said LaShawndra Vernon, program director for the Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative. “We know we will not move the needle on this issue until we change the conditions that lead to poor birth outcomes.”

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Cover story: Meet the general
September 19, 2014 11:01 AM
ASQ's new chief executive officer, Bill Troy, has led operations all over the globe – from Alaska to Texas, from Germany to Saudi Arabia, and even in Iraq.
Troy, who took command of Milwaukee-based ASQ in April, is a retired three-star general with a military career spanning 38 years, during part of which he was responsible for the safety and success of thousands of soldiers and the welfare of their family members.

Read about how he’s applied the lessons from those experiences to his new role in the cover story of the new issue of BizTimes Milwaukee.

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BizTimes Media 2014 Giving Guide
September 19, 2014 11:03 AM
BizTimes Media’s fourth annual Giving Guide offers southeastern Wisconsin’s business community an outlet to connect with area nonprofit organizations for philanthropic involvement.
The Giving Guide features the missions, volunteer opportunities and giving opportunities of more than 30 regional nonprofits providing a spectrum of services and resources to residents in need.

Explore BizTimes’ Giving Guide at

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Nonprofit Calendar
September 19, 2014 11:06 AM

*Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Wisconsin Chapter will hold a social for young professionals at Evolution Milwaukee, located at 233 E. Chicago St. in Milwaukee. During the event, attendees will have an opportunity to network, play ping, learn about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and learn how to become involved in Milwaukee’s Finest. The annual fundraising competition pools the talents and resources of some of Milwaukee’s most accomplished young professionals. Money collected benefits the foundation’s mission to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis and fund research toward a cure. The networking event, free and open to the public, will run from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Julie Nilsen of the foundation at 262-402-6661.

*Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will hold a workshop on “What’s new with the Affordable Care Act for 2015?” During the free information session, attendees will get up to speed on health care reform, 2015 changes and health insurance purchase options. The workshop will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, located at 2819 W. Highland Blvd. in Milwaukee. An additional health care workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13. For more information or to register, visit

*Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Greater Milwaukee Chapter will hold a career and resource fair. The event will provide a forum for nonprofit organizations, membership associations and nonprofit professionals to exchange information about job opportunities in Milwaukee’s nonprofit sector. Attendees will also be able to learn more about organizations’ volunteer and membership opportunities as well as received discounted professional head shots. The fair, free and open to the public, will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at IndependenceFirst, located at 540 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee. For more information about the fair or for information on registering an organization to be part of it, visit

*Thursday, Sept. 25, the Milwaukee Press Club will host a “Behind the Headlines” luncheon focused on the need to enhance the city’s branding efforts. The luncheon, part of an ongoing series headed by the press club, will explore current initiatives that are helping raise Milwaukee’s identity on a national level and will also look at what needs to be done in order to further elevate its brand across the country and world. A group of area journalists and executives will facilitate a Q&A on Milwaukee’s brand. The luncheon, open to the public, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Foley & Lardner LLP, located on the 40th floor of the U.S. Bank Building at 777 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. Cost is $20 for press club members and $25 for non-members and includes lunch. Seating is limited, and advanced registration and payment are required. For more information or to secure a spot, visit

*Thursday, Sept. 25, Operation Forward March, a Wounded Warrior Project awareness event, will be held at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. The event, driven forward by the Revolinski-Maciosek Wealth Management Group, will feature a dinner, live music by Tweed Funk, and a presentation by a retired veteran and a wounded warrior. The event will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and is free. Seating is limited. The war memorial is located at 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive in Milwaukee. For more information or to RSVP, email or call 262-696-5177.

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

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