Diane Hoadley, dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Business, has announced she will retire June 30. Hoadley has led the College of Business since fall 2010. Hoadley, who also served on the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement boards of directors during her tenure at UW-Eau Claire, plans to remain in Eau Claire following her retirement.
Literacy Chippewa Valley recently hired Elizabeth Hart to join its small team of dedicated employees at their Banbury office. Hart worked for CESA 10 in Education Technology as a distance learning French teacher and is the general manager of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. She earned a PhD in French from SUNY Buffalo, a master’s degree in comparative literature from UMASS-Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in music and comparative literature from UW-Madison. She is passionate about reading and wants to kindle that spirit in others.
Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire recently held its 41st Annual Meeting where two Cooperative members were re-elected to the Cooperative’s Board of Directors, and one new member was elected. Re-elected and newly elected Cooperative Board members include:
Nurse practitioner Aaron Jelinek recently joined the Critical Care Unit at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Jelinek earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from UW-Eau Claire. Previously, he served as a nurse practitioner in the Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine departments at Marshfield Clinic and as a registered nurse in the Critical Care Unit at Sacred Heart Hospital, both in Eau Claire. Jelinek is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Wisconsin Nurses Association.
Prevea Health announced that Prevea Women’s Care is now available at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. Prevea Women’s Care, featuring Michael Tiffany, DO, FACOG is dedicated to caring for women all of ages. Tiffany offers a variety of services including routine gynecologic, pregnancy, high-risk pregnancy and urogynecology care. He also performs minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery with laparoscopic and robotic medical technology.
The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation Center for Character Ethics has announced that EO Johnson Business Technologies is among the finalists for its prestigious BBB Torch Awards for Ethics. The BBB Torch Awards for Ethics is a statewide competition that honors businesses and non-profit organizations who do business in Wisconsin and that demonstrate excellence in ethical practices, service excellence, reputation, honest advertising, peer recognition, management practices, and employee training in ethical behavior. This is the 12th award program by the Wisconsin BBB Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Award categories are based on the size of the company. Winners will be announced at the BBB Torch Awards luncheon ceremony on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Harley-Davidson Museum® in Milwaukee.
Chippewa Valley Technical College is offering a series of three eight-week fully online classes leading to what is officially called an Unmanned Aerial Systems Certificate begins this summer. The certificate is designed to give the student a solid foundation in understanding unmanned aerial vehicle systems technologies, capabilities, regulations, safety and legal responsibilities. The three classes include UAS Fundamentals and Theory, UAS Operations, and Commercial UAS Policy Development. All classes will be fully online, with operations training through a simulator.
Williams Diamond Center’s in-house jewelry designer, Teva Dekel, has completed his diamond graduate studies at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Fashion designer by trade, Dekel started designing jewelry for Williams in 2014. GIA developed the 4Cs (color, clarity, cut and carat weight) and the International Diamond Grading system used and respected by professionals across the globe. As a result of his studies, Dekel developed skills and expertise in diamond grading and evaluating.
Library volunteer Dr. Grace E. Rich of Eau Claire was recognized for her outstanding service to the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library at the Friends of the Library recent annual meeting. Rich was the ninth recipient of the library’s Distinguished Service Award, which honors generosity of time and spirit and extraordinary contributions to a library-related issue. Rich has served as the volunteer book sale manager for Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library since January 2014. She has implemented several changes that resulted in increased revenue and improved overall event aesthetics at Friends of the Library book sales. She instituted debit and credit card payments at the book sales to make it easier for customers to buy books, and she recently started an online book store.
There was a sell-out crowd of 680 people at the 102nd Annual Meeting. The Chamber leadership was transferred from Board Chair Faye Deich to Dave Johnson, EO Johnson Business Technologies.
Awards were presented at the event>>
The following Committee Chairs were recognized for their leadership:
Agri-Business: Nicholas Mohr, Rhom Construction
Ambassadors: Ben Rindone Mayo Clinic Health System
Annual Meeting: Marci Boyarski, Wipfli
Business Council: Deb Marshall, Wipfli
Business EXPO & Job Fair: Dan Everhart, L&M Mail & Courier
Business Salutes Eau Claire: Connie Pedersen, Charter Bank
Business & Workforce Development: Nick White, Live in Eau Claire
Eau Claire Chamber Educational Foundation: Mark Faanes, Wipfli
Excellence in Education: Kayann Bock, Sylvan Learning Center
Good Government Council: Bill Eklund, Sharp Photo & Portrait
Governmental Affairs: Scott Biederman, Profitable Transitions
Green Business Initiative: Gordon Howie, Mayo Clinic Health System
Health & Wellness: Kate Banchy, Spectrum Insurance Group
Leadership Eau Claire: Margo Keys, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Leadership Eau Claire Alumni: Stephanie Butero, Precision Quality Systems
Membership: Mary Glassbrenner, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire
Real Life Academy: Phil Swiler, Loffler Companies
SOHO: Small Office/Home Office: Jeff Stevens, Chestnut Technology Consulting
Young Professionals of the Chippewa Valley: Andy Neborak, Eau Claire Express Baseball
Youth Leadership Eau Claire: Jenna Ziegler, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Clarie
Annual Meeting Sponsors
Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire—Entertainment & After Party
WEAU 13 News—Video Production
Eau Claire Press Company
EO Johnson Business Technologies
HSHS Sacred Heart & St. Joseph’s hospitals
Market & Johnson
Royal Credit Union
Festival Foods—dinner wine
Brent Douglas Flowers & Artist Gallery—table centerpieces
BMO Harris Bank—parking shuttle
Student Transit of Eau Claire—buses for shuttle
UW-Eau Claire Foundation—music at reception
Royal Credit Union Business Loans & Services—Reception
Blugold Dining by Sodexo—Hors d oeuvres
Cascades Tissue Group
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
Gator Garb Promotions
HOOPS Inc. & Imagineering
Mayo Clinic Health System
McDonough Manufacturing Company
Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.
Weld, Riley, S.C.
WESTconsin Credit Union
WQOW TV 18
Woita & Associates Business and Retirement Planning of Altoona announced that principal Paul Woita has been recognized as a “Lifetime” level member of the Million Dollar Round Table. This membership signifies that Woita has maintained a recurring high level of professional accomplishment and has annually earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table for more than 10 years continuously. Founded in 1927, the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®, is a global, independent association of more than 43,000 of the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 67 countries. MDRT members demonstrate exceptional professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct and outstanding client service. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.
Marco recently announced the introduction of a new Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) solution. The cloud-based service will be delivered through the company’s longtime technology partner Mitel. UCaaS enables clients to move a variety of their communication and collaboration applications to the cloud. The services are delivered through a public or private IP network.
Six individuals and organizations earned recognition from the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council for their efforts to protect, preserve and increase the number of trees that line city streets, fill community parks and beautify neighborhoods throughout the state. The Wisconsin Urban Wood Network earned recognition from the Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council for its efforts to protect, preserve and increase the number of trees that line city streets, fill community parks and beautify neighborhoods throughout the state. The Wisconsin Urban Wood Network was recognized in the Innovations in Urban Forestry category for marketing urban wood, addressing an environmental need and supporting investment in private businesses. The Network was a class project for the Leadership Eau Claire™ Class of 2015.
The United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley honored area businesses and individuals who have shown significant support for United Way and to the community at the Chippewa Valley Spirit Awards. This year, the Nonprofit Excellence Award was given to Chippewa Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) for their health initiatives to support healthy lifestyles and behaviors. CHIP is a community endeavor hosted by HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. In 1994, facilitated by St. Joseph's Hospital, a committee of 25 concerned individuals representing schools, churches, businesses, health and medical facilities, senior citizens, government agencies and the public at large saw the potential to create a healthier Chippewa Falls. In 2000, the initiative was so successful that it was expanded to cover the entire Chippewa County.
WESTconsin Credit Union announced Stephanie Rasmussen as vice president member experience, working from the Menomonie – East Administration Office. In her new role, Rasmussen’s focus will be assuring exceptional member driven experiences throughout the organization via all touch point interactions. Rasmussen joins WESTconsin from Royal Credit Union where she worked for 11 years, and most recently held the position of electronic payment specialist manager. She possesses a bachelor’s in public relations and English literature from UW-Eau Claire.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital announced that Judith Balcitis, RN, MSN, NE-BC has joined the hospital as chief nursing officer. Balcitis most recently served as the vice president and chief nursing officer at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Ill – a position she held since 2008. Prior to that, she held a variety of administrative nursing positions in hospital, home care and hospice settings. Balcitis earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Northern Illinois University and her master’s degree in nursing administration at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Prevea Health welcomed Lindsey Banaszynski as regional business development manager of LeadWell in the Chippewa Valley. LeadWell, Prevea Health’s comprehensive corporate wellness program, offers a wide range of customizable wellness solutions for businesses, all supported by premier health care specialists and designed to educate and empower employees to make choices toward healthier, more balanced lifestyles. Banaszynski is responsible for identifying and cultivating new business and developing further opportunities with existing clients for LeadWell, occupational health services and other retail products in the Chippewa Valley.
Royal Credit Union was recently honored with a Category’s Best Diamond Award, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry. The award was presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council, a national network comprised of over 1,200 credit union marketing and business development professionals. Awards are given in each of 30 categories ranging from advertising to community events and beyond. Royal Credit Union won the Print Ad category for its entry, entitled Black Friday “Doorbusters.”
Prevea Health, a multi-specialty health care organization that recently expanded from Northeast Wisconsin to the Chippewa Valley region, is now offering corporate wellness and occupational health services in the Chippewa Valley. LeadWell, Prevea Health’s corporate wellness program, is now also being offered in the Chippewa Valley. It allows local employers to provide on-site fitness and medical programming, wellness education and/or health care services for their employees to help them make choices toward healthier, more balanced lifestyles. Prevea Health is also pleased to now offer Prevea WorkMed - occupational health care services – in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls to provide care for work-related injuries and illnesses, disability evaluations, pre-placement physicals, drug testing, return-to-work evaluations and more.
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc, Northwest District has announced that Kevin Renley, vice president at Market & Johnson, has been appointed to the JA Board of Directors. Renley began working at Market & Johnson in May of 2001 and 10 years later became a partner in the firm. Now as Vice President at Market & Johnson, he works as a project principle on many of the company’s projects, especially those within the healthcare industry.
Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) received the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) 2016 Advocacy All-Star Award at the recent Association’s annual Advocacy Day in Madison. Therese Pandl, HSHS Eastern Wisconsin Division CEO, and Julie Manas, HSHS Western Wisconsin Division CEO, accepted the award before more than 1,000 hospital supporters participating in the day’s activities. The award is presented to one hospital or health care system each year that exemplifies dedication to grassroots advocacy.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital has recently earned renewed accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for a period of three years for the hospital’s comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program and comprehensive stroke specialty program. This means that both programs continue to meet the highest industry standards possible – ensuring risk reduction, accountability and the best possible patient outcomes. Sacred Heart Hospital has maintained CARF accreditation for its inpatient rehabilitation program since 1980, and for its comprehensive stroke specialty program since 2010. Sacred Heart Hospital has the only CARF-accredited acute inpatient rehabilitation and comprehensive stroke specialty programs in western Wisconsin
Thank you to the sponsors, volunteers and committee members who made the spring Real Life Academy a success. We had 340 students from Altoona, Augusta, Fall Creek, Memorial, North and Regis high schools participate in the event on Wednesday, April 6 and experienced a day of "real life."
Mary Kay Brevig
Melissa R. Wait
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
Live in Eau Claire
Marshfield Clinic - Eau Claire Center
Natalie “Toots” Siverling
Oakwood Hills Animal Hospital LLC
Peoples Bank Midwest
Principal Financial Group
River Prairie Wealth Partners
Royal Credit Union
Walmart - Eau Claire
Weld Riley, S.C.
WESTconsin Credit Union
The Great Lakes Graphics Association (GLGA) has announced that Supreme Graphics of Arcadia has won 15 awards in the 2016 Graphics Excellence Awards competition. The GEA competition is one of the largest printing competitions in the nation. Supreme Graphics won seven Awards of Excellence and eight Certificates of Merit. The awards were given in the categories of booklets, calendars, product catalogs, annual reports, and folders.
John Sackett, director at Royal Credit Union, was elected by acclamation to the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Board of Ddirectors for a full three-year term. Sackett has served as the District 4, Class C Board member since June 30, 2015 following the retirement of the previous representative. District 4, Class C represents credit unions with over 106,000 Members in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. Sackett is the first volunteer elected to the CUNA Board since the 1996 Renewal Review recommendations changed the election procedures and composition of the Board. His term began following the adjournment of CUNA’s Annual General Meeting in Washington, DC on February 22, 2016 during the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.
Laser Product Technologies has achieved one of the highest level of MPS certifications – earning the CompTIA MPS Trustmark, which is a business credential that serves as an industry standard, validating the professional support and procedures that IT solution providers follow with their clients. The Trustmark is a vendor neutral designation designed to qualify and differentiate organizations that have demonstrated a high level of competency and adherence to industry best practices. It serves as a reference to the quality of the services these companies provide and the commitment they make to their clients.
The Samuels Group announces that Tim Nordlund has been promoted to regional manager of construction operations. In this role, Nordlund is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities associated with the construction of projects. Nordlund has been with The Samuels Group since 1995.
Charter Bank is among four Wisconsin banks and two Minnesota banks ranked among the best-performing banks in the nation by SNL Financial, an industry research and information firm. Among banks with assets below $1 billion, Charter Bankshares, Inc. was ranked in the top 100 of all banks with this asset size nationwide. Charter Bankshares is the parent company of Charter Bank. SNL, based in Charlottesville, VA, bases their rankings on six core financial metrics focusing on profitability, asset quality and growth for the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2015.
Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) will offer a new fully online Professional Communication beginning with the Fall 2016 term. It will be an associate degree program and will offer advanced certificates for technical writing, grant writing and writing for media. CVTC developed the program after receiving feedback from an ad hoc committee that included representatives from business, non-profits, media, K-12 education and marketing professionals. The program will be offered in eight-week segments, with starting dates in August, October, January, March and June.
Marco has been named the winner of two 2016 Perfect Image Awards by imageSource Magazine in the categories of Dealer of the Year and Outstanding Leadership in Customer Engagement. The prestigious awards program recognizes exceptional leadership and innovation in the office channel. Marco was one of just four organizations honored during a special reception at the annual ITEX National Conference and Expo.
Per Mar Security Services, a provider of total security solutions for residential and commercial clients based in Davenport, IA, has merged with Northern Wisconsin Security & Sound, Inc. of Arbor Vitae, WI.
Both companies specialize in providing electronic security solutions for their customers. The addition of Northern Wisconsin Security & Sound, Inc. to the Per Mar customer base continues to build Per Mar’s presence in Wisconsin. Per Mar will continue providing sound and other low voltage services offered by Northern Wisconsin Security & Sound Inc.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.