Business Notes: Sept. 14

Sept. 14, 2010

Don Beebe's House of Speed opening in JCC

Young athletes have a new resource: Don Beebe's House of Speed, opening in the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay.

Former Green Bay Packer Don Beebe and franchise owner Elisabeth Sutton will host a grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 26. The open house is free and open to the public.

Attendees have the opportunity to try out House of Speed's specialized speed- and power-boosting equipment and learn advanced running techniques from House of Speed training staff.

Registration is recommended, but not required. To register, go to

Art groups merge to form new cooperative

Creative Expressions Art Gallery is a contemporary art and fine craft gallery located on 11412 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon.

Formed by the merger of the artist groups belonging to Creative Expressions and Stanford Art Galleries located in Mequon and Menomonee Falls, the new group is a membership cooperative artist gallery. Local artists working in a wide range of media are represented. By facilitating an ongoing dialogue between artists and the public, Creative Expressions will work to encourage patronage of local artists throughout our community and beyond.

Creative Expressions plans to offer art instruction year round, including classes and workshops in ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and metal arts, watercolor, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed media, youth arts, lectures and discussions on art appreciation and history.

It also offers workshops focusing on career skills for artists.

For information, call (262) 240-1800.

New medical center holding open house in October

Aurora Medical Center in Grafton will welcome its first patients Nov. 1. However, the community can preview the new regional medical center at a community open house from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 23.

The center is a 107-bed, state-of-the-art regional medical center that will set a new standard for health care throughout Ozaukee County and nearby communities. Residents will experience the hospital through tours, informative exhibits and health screenings, plus enjoy family-friendly activities.

Tours will provide a firsthand look at the uniquely designed medical campus, including patient areas such as the fully equipped emergency department including trauma rooms, one-of-a-kind intensive care unit, patient centered labor and delivery rooms, plus highly specialized orthopedic and rehabilitation areas.

Aurora Medical Center in Grafton is also Wisconsin's first "green" hospital. It is being built to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification standards, using 35 percent less energy than the average U.S. hospital with an electricity savings that alone could power a small community of more than 200 Wisconsin homes.

The center is located just west of Interstate 43 and Highway 60 in Grafton.

The hospital will also offer a wide array of specialty care services, including women's, cardiac, cancer and neurological care, 24-hour emergency department, an orthopedic center, NICU, advanced technology for diagnosis and treatment and much more.

For information, go to The hospital also has its own social media sites on Facebook (search "Aurora Medical Center in Grafton"), Twitter (@aurora_grafton) and YouTube (search "Aurora Grafton").

Business focuses on helping nonprofits get web presence

A new Mequon business targets nonprofit and small businesses to gain a foothold on the World Wide Web. SPL Web Solutions provides full service website design and wraparound marketing and fundraising services that focus on start-up businesses and smaller nonprofit groups.

Business owners Diane Simons Plantenberg and Tom Plantenberg of Simons Plantenberg Consulting saw the need for such a business.

"For many small nonprofits, the world of strategic fundraising is an intimidating place. Competition with larger institutions that have much greater resources to invest in their programs can be daunting. Our goal is to provide a cost-effective, results-oriented web presence that is integrated into the marketing and fundraising plans for new or smaller organizations," Plantenberg says. "Our websites are reasonably priced. They use content-management platforms giving the customer the ability to edit the content, thus helping organizations contain annual expenses."

To learn more, go to or call (262) 643-4496.

Financial adviser makes Barron's Top 100 for third time

For the third time, River Hills resident Ronald Sadoff, founder of Sadoff Investment Management in Glendale, was recognized as one of America's Top 100 Independent Advisors by Barron's, the nation's premier financial weekly. The list was released in the Aug. 30 issue.

The Barron's survey rankings are based on both the size of an adviser's business, revenue generated, as well as the quality of the practice.

Sadoff Investment Management is a family-owned, fee-based independent investment advisory firm that has been in business since 1978.

Chicago-based clothing stores opens in Mequon

Three new stores have joined the Mequon Pavilions Shopping Center, 10918 N. Port Washington Road.

Chicago-based E Street is the fourth overall location of the popular clothing store and the first in the Milwaukee area. E Street offers designer jeans, apparel and shoes for both men and women.

Two other stores, E Street Girls & Guys and Free People Powered by E Street, also offer stylish designer clothing and apparel for both kids and young women, respectively.

Former Mequon resident earns AICP certification

Stephen Tremlett, a Mequon native and Homestead High School graduate, is now certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Tremlett works for MSA Professional Services in Madison. He recently was on the firm's planning team that was awarded the 2010 Wisconsin Chapter-American Planning Association Urban Design award for the Sauk City Riverfront Vision, as well as the 2010 APA Small Town and Rural Planning award for the Mauston downtown revitalization plan.

Tremlett received his Bachelor of Science degree in architecture, as well as his master's degrees in architecture and urban planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mequon marketing firm wins Telly Award

PKA Marketing, Mequon, won a Telly Award for writing and producing a video for the Cedarburg Cultural Center in downtown Cedarburg.

The eight minute video, "A Quarter Century of Culture," celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Cedarburg Cultural Center with interviews of past and present leaders of the organization.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honors outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs; video and film productions; and web commercials, videos and films. This year's Telly Awards had nearly 11,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries.

Mequon resident named to power and influence list

For the eighth time, The NonProfit Times has named Mequon resident Peter Goldberg, president and CEO of the Milwaukee-based nonprofit the Alliance for Children and Families, to its annual Power & Influence Top 50 list.

The 13th annual national list, selected by former nominees, editorial staff and contributing editors of The NonProfit Times, includes a variety of nonprofit leaders "selected for the impact they have now and for the innovative plans they are putting in place to evolve the charitable sector."

Goldberg has been president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families since 1994. As president and CEO of the Alliance, Goldberg leads an organization that works to gather and produce intellectual capital to help Alliance member organizations maintain high performance, while also striving to strengthen the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Alliance, Goldberg was president of the Prudential Foundation and head of Primerica's social responsibility programs.

Currently, Goldberg is also a board trustee of The Bridgespan Group; chair of the advisory committee of the Listening Post Project at the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and convening chair of Leadership 18, a group that consists of the major national nonprofit human services organizations in the United States. He has served on numerous other nonprofit boards, including the National Human Services Assembly and Independent Sector, where he was chairman of the board.

On the Move

Freda R. Russell has been named dean of the College of Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University.

Russell joined the University in July 2003 and has served as faculty member, director of student placements, director of teacher education and, most recently, as associate dean of the School of Education.

Russell is the first African-American dean at Stritch and her appointment begins Aug. 16.

Kerri Livermore has been named the new director of nursing services at the Sarah Chudnow Campus, Mequon. Livermore was the director of nursing for the past three years at Extendicare; prior to that, she served as director of nursing and clinical services for the Lutheran Home.

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