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The Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA) has announced that Supreme Graphics of Arcadia has won multiple awards in the 2017 Graphics Excellence Awards competition. The GEA competition is one of the largest printing competitions in the nation. Supreme Graphics won (1) Best of Category (2) Best of Division and (5) Awards of Excellence awards. The awards were given in the categories of specialty coatings, booklets, calendars, product catalogs, newsletters, brochures, annual reports, and folders. A panel of out-of-state judges with extensive experience in printing and print production was brought in to examine the work.
The Blugold Real Estate Foundation, a supporting organization of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., has entered into an agreement with developer John Mogensen, Lisa Aspenson and Michelle Mogensen to purchase the apartments being constructed at 222 Water Street, directly across from the Human Sciences and Services (HSS) building on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Once the purchase is final, Blugold Real Estate intends to rent the apartments to UW-Eau Claire students. The building is designed to house 201 occupants. Blugold Real Estate’s purchase agreement is for all apartments and associated underground parking in the building being constructed. The first-floor retail space would be owned by developer John Mogensen's group.
Prevea Health now offers integrative medicine and physiatry services in the Chippewa Valley, to help patients with neuromusculoskeletal diseases, conditions, disorders or injuries that cause pain and/or difficulty functioning. Integrative medicine and physiatry blends mainstream medicine with alternative medicine to provide a more holistic approach to healing that includes prevention, diagnosis, non-surgical treatment and rehabilitation. The goal is to understand and treat the whole patient to achieve the overall health of mind, body and spirit. Prevea Integrative Medicine & Physiatry services are provided by Dr. Lora Thaxton at the Centers for Rehabilitation Services. Thaxton is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Pain Medicine.
The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation recently hosted its second annual Golden Apple Awards. The evening celebrated one Golden Apple Award honoree from each of the 20 schools in the Eau Claire Area School District, selected by nomination of their peers. Each honoree will receive a $500 grant to use in their schools/classrooms, and each school will also receive a $500 grant to their Fund For Today, sponsored by generous businesses in the Chippewa Valley.
Thank you to the sponsors, volunteers and committee members who made the spring Real Life Academy a success. We had 358 students from Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, Memorial, North and Regis high schools participated in the event on Wednesday, April 5 and experienced a day of "real life."
Andie Auna, Mary Kay Brevig, Chris Brooke, Kristin Craker, Theresa Curtis, Tarese Dubiel, Susan Fanning, Eve Fischer, Kelly Hebert, Jackie Leavesseur, Lynette Livingston, Monte Lokken, Marsha Mohnsen, Kelly Ostrander, Kim Shult, Adam Sommers, Phil Swiler, Melissa Wait, Greg Weaver, and Nicole Wilson
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Eau Claire Auto Group
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Eau Claire Police Department
Eau Claire Area School District
Global Finishing Solutions, LLC
Hand in Hand: A Place For All Children
Keller Williams Realty
Marshfield Clinic - Eau Claire Center
Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital LLC
Old National Bank
Peoples Bank Midwest
River Prairie Wealth Partners
Royal Credit Union
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Walmart - Eau Claire
Weld Riley, S.C.
WESTconsin Credit Union
Wisconsin National Guard
Randy Beck will serve as interim president & CEO of Royal Credit Union effective April 15, 2017. Beck was planning to retire on May 31, but agreed to stay on through the transition process. Last week, current Royal President & CEO Rudy Pereira announced his resignation. Beck has more than 40 years of experience at Royal and currently serves as executive vice president of risk management. Applications will be accepted from qualified internal and external candidates. Royal has contracted with D. Hilton Associates Inc. to conduct the search and the process is expected to take several months.
Larson Companies has promoted two team members, Mike Adams and Matthew Rashid. In his new role as Larson Companies restaurant brand manager, Adams will provide strong and enthusiastic leadership throughout each of our restaurants. Adams has been involved in many aspects of the business since 2001, including Green Mill Restaurant & Bar as the general manager, TGI Fridays as the general manager and most recently, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse as the managing director. With added supervisory responsibility, he contributed tremendously to The Lakely’s grand opening in 2016. With this vacancy, Rashid has been promoted to the Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse managing director position. Rashid joined the Green Mill Restaurant & Bar as a delivery driver in 2012 and was promoted to a supervisor 12 months later. After four months, he was promoted to restaurant manager in time for Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse grand opening. Since 2013, he has focused his attention most recently on the dining room, as both the service manager and bar manager.
Volume One announced the addition of Maggie Cook as its marketing and event coordinator. She also will take on the editorial and development manager role with Volume One’s Chippewa Valley Family publication. Cook holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from UW-Madison and brings more than 18 years of marketing and business experience to the team at Volume One. She has held roles such as marketing director, marketing coordinator, ecommerce and social media manager, and marketing analyst.
Marieke Gouda received second runner-up in the 2017 U.S. Cheese Competition for its Marieke Gouda Belegen. Overall, Marieke Gouda won 11 medals, including:
In the Open Class Flavored Semi-Soft (Semi-Hard) Cheeses, Team Marieke took second place for Marieke Gouda Honey Clover, and in the Smoked Gouda class, Team Marieke took third place for its Marieke Gouda Smoked Cumin.
Royal Credit Union (Royal) has named Amy Schaefer chief internal auditor. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Royal’s Audit Services Department. She also establishes goals and objectives for the department and develops and implements strategies to accomplish them. Schaefer joined Royal in January 2001. Since then, she has held various positions within the Audit Services Department, most recently as the audit services manager. In addition, she is a consultant on Royal’s Operational Committee, which evaluates and approves corporate-level projects for alignment with organizational strategy.
Mark Faanes, chair of the president’s search committee reported that there are three final candidates who will be interviewed again the week of April and then an offer will be made.
The Membership Blitz was held in March and brought in 17 new members. There were three teams: Ambassadors, Chamber Board and Young Professionals Executive Committee. The winning team will be announced at the Annual Meeting.
The new networking event, AM Exchange, will begin April 7 and it will be held quarterly at the sponsoring business location. Members must register to attend and attendance is limited based on the size of the sponsoring member.
A report was given on the upcoming election. There are many uncontested races this year in cities and school boards.
The Board received a report on the Chamber President’s participation on the US Chamber’s committee of 100 on public policy.
The essential Air Service funding is in President Trump’s proposed budget. This would impact 1/3 of all airports in the US, including the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. The Chamber has reached out to our Congressional delegation, and currently Senator Baldwin and Representative Kind have indicated they will fight to keep the funding. The Chamber has not heard back from Senator Johnson.
The Chamber thanked the following Board members, who will be retiring from the Board on March 31st:
Zach Halmstad—Jamf (2016-2017)
Bill Hilgedick—Edward Jones (2009-2017)
Julie Kalpinski—Mayo Clinic Health System (2016-2017)
Jenn Kane—CCFBank (2017-2018)
Rick Lambrecht—AGEM Group (2014-2017)
Idriz Sabani—Altoona Family Restaurant (2016-2017)
Jan Zander—Ayres Associates (2014-2017)
The Board also thanked Board Chair Dave Johnson, EO Johnson Business Technologies, for his leadership this past year.
Representatives of the City/County Health Department and City Staff presented information on the “Proposed Changes to the Housing Maintenance Ordinance”. Members may reach out to the City Attorney’s Office or City/County Health Dept. for details.
Royal Credit Union announced the resignation of President & CEO Rudy Pereira effective April 14, 2017. Pereira is leaving Royal to join Premier America Credit Union in Chatsworth, CA where he will serve as president & CEO. The move will allow Pereira and his family to return home to Southern California. Premier America is similar to Royal in size, $2.5B with more than 100,000 Members. Pereira joined Royal in December of 2011 and is the third CEO to lead the credit union since it was created in 1964. Royal’s Board of Directors is working on transition and succession plans. Details will be announced as they are finalized.
Physician assistant Michael Sciotto recently joined the Emergency Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Sciotto earned his master’s degree in the physician assistant program from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received bachelor degrees in psychology, biology and painting at the University of North Florida-Jacksonville, as well as an associate degree in emergency medical services from Florida State College of Jacksonville. He previously served as a paratrooper and combat medic with the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Army National Guard. He is a certified flight paramedic and firefighter.
Prior to joining Mayo Clinic Health System, he was an emergency medicine instructor of at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Florida.
WESTconsin Credit Union’s 77th Annual Membership Meeting Dale Dahlke, Todd Leipnitz and Jerry Wolf were re-elected to the Board for another three-year term. At a recent Board Reorganizational Meeting, the following individuals were elected as officers: chairperson – Dave Maves, vice Chairperson – Jerry Wolf, secretary – Lynn Brantner and treasurer – Rita Lunderville.
Jad Roeske, M.D., recently joined the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. For the past seven years, Roeske has been providing care to patients in Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System – Oakridge in Osseo, as well as seeing patients in Urgent Care and the Emergency Department. He will continue to see patients part time in Osseo until he transitions full time to Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine later this year. Roeske completed medical school at UW-Madison and completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Eau Claire Family Medicine Clinic.
Physician assistant Melanie Jandrin recently joined the Cardiology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Jandrin earned her bachelor’s degree in human biology at UW-Green Bay. She earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies at UW-La Crosse. Previously, Jandrin worked as a physician assistant at Winona Health in Winona, Minnesota. Jandrin is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant and certified in basic life support and advanced cardiac life support.
Northwestern Bank announced the addition of Jane Johnson to the Northwestern Bank team. Johnson is an assistant vice president of residential lending and will help customers with all their mortgage lending needs.
Photizo Group has recognized EO Johnson Business Technologies as a leader in managed print services (MPS). EO Johnson was one of 11 independent channel partners that Photizo Group selected to participate in the 2016 Leaders Index for MPS Channel Partners, based on demonstrated leadership in MPS. This is the fourth year EO Johnson has been selected. The Leaders Index for MPS Channel Partners is a collection of hand-selected, independent MPS partners from around the world that are regarded as the gold standard in managed print and document services. Photizo Group classifies this index of elite providers from across North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia as a lens to view the current landscape of MPS.
United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley will hold its annual Chippewa Valley Spirit Awards on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at The Florian Gardens in Eau Claire. The event recognizes the businesses and individuals who generously support the education, financial stability and health of the community. Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council (WDEOC) will receive the Nonprofit Excellence Award for their work as an advocate for low-income individuals and families in Eau Claire County, as well as Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson counties. Dan Robinson, director of Sojourner House, will be presented with the Senn Award for his excellence and achievement as a nonprofit professional in educating the community on the issues surrounding homelessness and encouraging others to make a difference. Mary Steinke, general manager for Huebsch Services, will be honored with the Humanitarian Award for her volunteerism and dedication to United Way and many other organizations throughout the community. The Spirit of the Chippewa Valley Award, the highest honor given by United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley to a business, will be presented to Northwestern Bank for their long-standing support and dedication to United Way and the Greater Chippewa Valley. Other awards to be given include: the Day of Caring Award, presented to the United Way Emerging Leaders Society for their generosity of time and efforts during United Way’s largest single volunteer event; the Keystone Award, presented to Tara Monson of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company for her enthusiastic efforts as a United Way employee campaign coordinator; and the Outstanding Emerging Leader Award, presented to Kristin Schmidt of M3 Insurance for her initiative, leadership and volunteerism as a member of the United Way Emerging Leaders Society.
Two long-term Low Voltage Contractors employees have been promoted to key positions. Jim Oelhafen, a 15-year employee with LVC in the service sales department was promoted to service sales supervisor. As a member of the LVC service sales team, Oelhafen has concepted several key programs that have led to the remarkable growth of that division. In that time the sales team in the division grew and now he will work on training and development with that team of five to continue building our service department. Danielle Heino has been with LVC for 11 years serving as our purchasing agent. As we have grown, Heino has taken on additional responsibility that came with increased size and need to support our operation. She has been promoted to the newly created positon of procurement specialist. In addition to leading the Purchasing position, she will be leading the team in the warehouse and will be working to improve our accuracy, logistics and efficiencies.
Haselwander Companies, Inc., a 52-year-old established Eau Claire-based real estate, home building, land development and hospitality business owned by Neil and Greg Haselwander, will bring Princeton Valley, a golf and restaurant facility, under their management after being previously leased. Princeton Valley is located on Eau Claire’s North East side and features a full-length nine-hole golf course with four sets of tees, a complete golf driving range, chipping and putting practice facility and will include full service restaurant and bar. Princeton Valley will add to the Haselwander hospitality management portfolio, which already includes the AmericInn Hotel and the new Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott both in Eau Claire. Princeton Valley will employ 30 people and will officially re-open to the public in late March.
The law firm of Weld Riley, S.C. is announced that Attorney Christopher B. Gierhart has joined the firm. Prior to joining the firm, Gierhart represented numerous clients in various civil actions, including collection (debtor and creditor), eviction, personal injury, contract, insurance coverage disputes, adverse possession and partition. Gierhart also has represented local municipalities in a variety of legal matters, including representation at meetings, advising on compliance issues, and prosecution of citations. He has assisted clients on personal and commercial real estate transactions, including preparing and reviewing purchase agreements, lease agreements, and closing documents. In 2012, Gierhart earned his juris doctorate from UW-Madison. He has been admitted to the Wisconsin Bar Association, U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin. He is also a current member of the Tri-County Bar Association and was a director for the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce.
Physical therapist Katie Geisdorf recently joined the Physical Therapy Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Geisdorf earned her doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from UW-Eau Claire. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is certified in basic life support and CPR. Her professional interests include orthopedics, manual therapy and aquatic therapy.
Mayo Clinic Health System also recently welcomed physician assistant Tiana Jansen in its Emergency Medicine Department in Eau Claire. Jansen earned master’s degrees in public health and physician assistant practice from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degree in English at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Jansen is certified in advanced cardiac life support and CPR. She is certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants. Her professional interests include trauma, rural public health and women’s health.
A new fund at the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation will provide exciting artistic opportunities for students at Flynn Elementary School. The Artist in Classroom endowed fund was established by two Eastside Hill citizens in order to provide support for an artist to share her/his art and technique with Flynn Elementary students and faculty over the course of an entire semester. Each year, there will be a Call for Artists who are interested in sharing their craft in the classroom setting. Applicants will be reviewed and selected by the art teacher. Currently, available funds will provide for one artist in an academic year. The long term goal is to increase the fund to provide an artist for both the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. For more information, you can visit the ECPSF website at www.ecpsfound.org.
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