Business Notes: Oct. 6

Oct. 6, 2010

Infertility causes studied by Shorewood researcher

The Medical College of Wisconsin received a two-year, $416,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development to investigate causes of infertility. Shorewood resident Paula Traktman, the Walter Schroeder Professor and Chairman of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Senior Associate Dean for Research Development, is principal investigator for the grant.

About one in seven couples worldwide have problems conceiving. About 10 million couples in the United States are affected by infertility, and about 2 million couples seek fertility treatments each year.

Dr. Traktman is researching the formation of sperm and egg cells in mice. Specifically, her work is focused on an enzyme known as the VRK1 protein kinase. When this enzyme is deficient, sperm and egg production in mammals appears to be compromised or halted, causing infertility.

Deeper understanding of how this enzyme functions within the body may lead to more effective fertility treatments as well as identifying new targets for male contraception.

Glendale home improvement business joins NARI

The Milwaukee Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the area's leading home improvement and remodeling industry resource for more than 49 years, announced that Elite Home Improvement Specialists, Glendale, has been accepted for membership.

As Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council members, companies and their staffs are dedicated to improving the quality and value of the homeowner's investment. NARI members are carefully screened and must observe the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and responsibility. Contractor members provide professional service and maintain the high standards of the Council.

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

Connie (Cruikshank) Knapp of Fox Point has recently joined Library Square Senior Community in West Allis as the executive director. Knapp earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and has more than 25 years of experience in the health care field.

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.

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