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Woods & Water Realty, Inc. recently moved into its new Regional Office at 2015 Commercial Boulevard in Lake Hallie. Woods & Water Realty has served the Chippewa Valley for more than 25 years. They have three other locations in Chippewa Falls, New Auburn and Bloomer. For more information on Woods & Water Realty please visit their website.
Pablo Center at the Confluence recently announced that the Confluence Council, Inc. Board of Directors has hired Jason Jon Anderson as its next executive director. Anderson has been serving as acting executive director since last October. Before serving as the acting executive director, Anderson oversaw Conferences & Event services in all University venues, as well as in other performance venues on and off campus for UW-Eau Claire. He also was responsible for the development and administration of conferences, camps, campus-wide special events, festivals and other large events held on and off campus. Scheduled to open September of 2018, the Pablo Center at the Confluence will include a 1,200‐seat theatre and a flexible 400-seat theatre, rehearsal, dance and community rooms; visual arts studio and galleries, labs for sound and lighting, set and exhibit design, recording arts, multimedia production and costume design; a scene shop equipped to support the maker space and vocational training initiatives; administrative offices for management, UW-Eau Claire faculty and Visit Eau Claire staff.
Jim Buyze, PGA of Wild Ridge Golf Course and Mill Run Golf Course, was recently awarded the Horton Smith Award from the Wisconsin Section PGA. The Horton Smith Award is given annually to the member that contributes to education programs for the betterment of the members and apprentices in the WPGA. It is the second time that Buyze has been honored by the Wisconsin Section with the Horton Smith award, with the first accolade coming in 2000. The Sterling, Illinois native recently completed his twenty-sixth year of PGA membership. In total this is Buyze’s third WPGA special award as he was also presented with the WPGA Resort Merchandiser of the Year honor back in 1996.
EO Johnson Business Technologies announced that Leif Christianson has joined the company as Locknet director of operations. In his new role, Christianson will oversee the day-to-day activities of EO Johnson’s Locknet Managed IT Services. Christianson’s areas of specific responsibility include the compliance, project management, purchasing, business analysis and field-tech teams, as well as Locknet’s industry leading Support Center team. He brings a deep IT background to Locknet and a thorough understanding of FFIEC IT regulations. His most recent position was as senior vice President – chief operations officer for Peoples State Bank in Wausau.
Area businesses have the opportunity to upgrade the skills and productivity of their employees through training programs funded in part by the State of Wisconsin Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) grants. Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) is accepting requests for consideration for such training programs that would begin after July 1, 2018. The grants promote increased investment in the development of incumbent workers, improve business productivity and competitiveness and strengthen the state’s economic base by expanding technical college training services to business and industry. The training can include any combination of academic, occupational, and employability topics or courses. Approved grants will provide up to a 50 percent discount on training with CVTC. Already this fiscal year, 57 companies have taken part in WAT grant trainings through CVTC. Employers interested in this opportunity should complete the Request for Consideration Online Application found at www.cvtc.edu/TrainingGrants no later than Monday, April 2, 2018.
Huebsch Services is your local independent service provider for work uniforms, floor mats, restroom products, and cleaning supplies. Huebsch was founded in 1891 when John and Joseph Huebsch, the sons of German immigrants, saw an opportunity in the boom town atmosphere of a Wisconsin logging town, and founded a commercial laundry service company in Eau Claire. Today, Huebsch is in its fourth generation of local family ownership with our current President and CEO Jim Vaudreuil. Throughout this time, we have remained committed to our neighbors and customers in the Chippewa Valley. Our neighborhood grew significantly in 1985 with the establishment of an additional office and production facility in Eagan, MN. We currently service over 6,000 customers in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, La Crosse, Rice Lake, Minneapolis, Saint Paul and the surrounding areas.
Our mission is to provide our customers convenience and peace of mind. In doing so, we have three core values that guide us.
We are Honest. We approach every decision and interaction ethically and with integrity.
We are Hungry. We are eager to learn and improve both ourselves and our company. We take initiative, find ways to innovate, and follow through on our commitments.
We are Humble. We admit mistakes, ask for help, and communicate openly. We demonstrate care and put the needs of our co-workers, customers, company, and community before our individual needs.
We keep these simple philosophies in mind as we service our customers today while we also look ahead to the future. We have developed patented technologies that allow for custom uniform processing, our floor matting solutions support the unique needs of our customers, and we have made significant investments in sustainable practices that show respect for our community.
In November of 2016, Huebsch installed a 100kw solar energy system at our Eau Claire facility. This solar panel system provides one third of the energy needs for our Eau Claire facility. It allows us to co-generate energy and contribute to overall sustainability as well. We were recently recognized by the TRSA (Textile Rental Services Association) with the Clean Green Innovation Award for this solar initiative and commitment to sustainability. In addition, we continue to be a sponsor of the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce’s Green Sustainable Initiative. We strive to find green solutions that both make a difference locally and improve our planet.
In putting our community first, Huebsch contributed more than $35,000 in 2017 to local organizations in addition to our ongoing commitment to employee volunteerism. We take great pride in giving back to the communities we serve.
With 127 years of service under our belt, it’s easy to live in the past. Instead, we just choose to honor it. We are still the friendly face that walks into your business every week, we still answer the phone when a customer calls, and we still give honest consistent pricing.
Now that you know a little more about us, we would love to get to know you better. Ask your neighbors about us. Give us a call. Stop by for a tour. We’re here to help.
For more information, visit our website at huebsch-services.com
In 2016, we proudly celebrated our 125th anniversary. This video helps illustrate both our history and our future.
Prevea Health recently welcomed family nurse practitioner, Angela Lindstrom, to the Prevea Mondovi Health Center. Lindstrom, APNP, FNP-C, specializes in routine care for children and adults, preventive medicine, medication management, sports physicals, sick visits and chronic disease management. She completed a master of science in nursing – family nurse practitioner from Concordia University in Wisconsin and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
The Prevea Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Eau Claire and Augusta recently received the status of continued accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Next Accreditation System. The ACGME is a physician-led, independent, not-for-profit organization that establishes and keeps track of standards necessary to prepare providers to deliver safe, high-quality medical care. All accredited residency programs, including the Prevea Health Family Medicine Residency Program, are reviewed annually by an ACGME committee. Prevea Health partners with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Medical College of Wisconsin and HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital to operate the Prevea Health Family Medicine Residency Program.
RMM Solutions, recently announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named RMM Solutions to its 2018 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the MSP Elite 150 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Their offerings help companies navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of IT, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments.
Vicki Hoehn, Royal Credit Union VP-community engagement, has been named a 2018 Credit Union Hero and is one of five finalists to become the 2018 Credit Union Hero of the Year. The award is presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and recognizes those who relentlessly promote credit union philosophy, dedicate themselves to the credit union principles and make a difference in their communities. The Credit Union Heroes are featured online and their bios were published in Credit Union Magazine. Hoehn has been with Royal for 36 years and has spearheaded, led or contributed to many community service projects including Royal’s School $ense program, the Charity Classic and the Eau Claire Confluence Arts Center. Vote for Hoehn at http://news.cuna.org/cuhero.
Rhom Construction LLC is honored to be hosting the March, Business After Hours with our co-sponsors CCF Bank, Goldridge Companies and Westgate Sportsman’s Club. We look forward to seeing everyone at Westgate Sportsman Club on March 12th from 5-6:30 for networking and social hour.
Rhom Construction LLC has been serving Northwestern Wisconsin with superior Commercial Construction Services since 2004. Our company values of dedication, integrity and honesty play a significant role and are the roots of success for Rhom Construction. We are locally owned and managed by Nicholas Mohr.
With our commercial and industrial expertise and relationships we develop solutions to meet our customer’s needs and budget while pulling in resources to exceed their expectations from concept to completion. Some recently completed and current projects are: Church of Notre Dame, CCF Bank, Fairfax Pool, Toppers, Cardinal Glass, Chippewa Falls Fire Station, Northside Pet Hospital, and many area schools.
yRhom Construction is proud to be part of the Chippewa Valley. Our staff is very active with the Eau Claire Chamber (Ambassador, Breakfast in The Valley, Chamber events), Northwest Builders Exchange, and youth athletics.
The past few years, we have been very fortunate to grow our business within the Chippewa Valley. Our completed projects range from public works to private entities including government, education, retail and businesses.
“Rhom Construction LLC provides commercial construction services that focus on dedication, integrity and honesty. Our professionals utilize their strong work ethic, powerful communication skills and trade knowledge to create a professional environment and satisfaction to all customers.”
Ty Bernicke, president and owner of Bernicke Wealth Management, was recently recognized as a Best-In-State Wealth Advisor by Forbes, hitting the list at #4. The list spotlights advisors who are leading the way in offering best practices and providing a high quality experience for clients. Over 21,000 nominations were received, and approximately 2,000 were selected across the country. The study, developed by SHOOK Research, looked at qualitative and quantitative data like client retention, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience, team dynamics, community involvement, investing process, and best practices with clients, among other factors. Bernicke Wealth Management is an independent firm that provides wealth management services to individuals, retirement plan services for businesses, and investment management for non-profit entities.
Holiday Inn Eau Claire South and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hallie were recently announced as the recipients of the 2017 QUALITY OF EXCELLENCE AWARD, from Holiday Inn/IHG Nationwide. This award represents the latest in a historical series of distinct honors Larson Companies' owned/operated hotels have been recognized with. Out of more than 2,500 Holiday Inns and Holiday Inn Express & Suite hotels across the country, Holiday Inn Eau Claire South and Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hallie were named as one of the top 200 hotels for Guest Love Scores and standards.
The Confluence Council, Inc. recently announced the naming rights have been secured for the arts center located at the Confluence. The Pablo Foundation, a local philanthropic group, has made a $5 million donation to the project for the naming rights of the building which have been available since its inception. The the official name of the arts center is Pablo Center at the Confluence. The Pablo Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pablo Properties, LLC. Pablo Properties was created to invest in downtown Eau Claire, and so far has built the Jamf office, the Lismore, and partnered in the Oxbow. The Pablo Foundation’s three founding board members include Julia Johnson, Jason Wudi and Zach Halmstad.
Physician assistant Danielle Goodrich recently joined the Cardiology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Goodrich earned her master’s degree in physician assistant studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Goodrich is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and certified in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, American College of Cardiology and Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants. Goodrich’s professional interests include coronary artery disease, heart failure and valvular heart disease.
At the recently Eau Claire YMCA Annual Meeting, incoming Board of Directors were nominated and inducted. Cody Filipczak, Joni Gilles, Brent Goska and Scott Nicastro were selected for an initial three-year term, and Beth Blackburn was selected for a second three-year term. The Annual Meeting also unveiled the 2018-2019 Executive Committee: Scott Lau as president, Connie Pedersen as vice president, Pam Haller as vice president, Jason Wudi as secretary, Sara Nick as treasurer, and Jenny Fesenmaier as past president. The Board of Directors also recognized outgoing members: Andy Cooper, Mark Gilbertson, Michelle Heinzen, Doug Johnson, Mark Rometti and Samuel Stagliano.
Also at the YMCA Annual Meeting, Dave Hanson was presented the Steven J. Anderson Award. Hanson, the president of HOOPS & Imagineering, has been a lifelong supporter of the Y. Serving on the Board of Directors under former Executive Director Mark Hanke from 1997-2002, Hanson has supported the Y in many ways, including the funding of the YMCA’s software transition in April 2017.
The Board of Directors of the YMCA of Eau Claire announced the selection of Theresa Hillis as the new CEO. Hillis will officially begin her role on March 1, 2018, replacing Ken Van Es, who is retiring after nearly 16 years at the end of March. Hillis has 29 years in the Y USA system. She has been the CEO of the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA in Willmar, MN since 2006. During her tenure she also served as interim CEO for the Alexandria YMCA and Brainard YMCA where she built relationships with volunteers and staff and improved operational efficiency. Hillis is also a veteran of the US Air Force and served as a medic in the Gulf War.
Danielle Hoffman, a registered nurse in HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s rehabilitation services department, recently earned her certification in rehabilitation nursing (CCRN). Attaining CRRN certification validates a person’s professional standing as an experienced rehabilitation nurse with a documented level of knowledge in this specialized area of practice. Rehabilitation nursing practice includes care management and treatment of conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, aging issues, MS, diabetes, co-morbidities, cardiovascular illness, arthritis, and spinal cord injury.
Area business and industry will be able to obtain a higher level of training on Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) compliance issues because of new agreement that names Chippewa Valley Technical College as a host site for the National Safety Education Center (NSEC). CVTC will now offer NSEC-recognized OSHA training services through its OSHA Institute Training Center. The agreement is a partnership with the Northern Illinois University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, which is the location of the NSEC offices.
Royal Credit Union recently announced plans to open a new office in the Oak Park Heights/Stillwater area in Minnesota. The office will offer access to the full line of financial services and products Royal offers in a member-focused atmosphere. Royal will recruit six team members to work in the new location and support the surrounding community. The office is expected to open later this spring. The Oak Park Heights/Stillwater office will be Royal’s fifth in the Twin Cities metro area.
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