Business Notes: July 19

July 19, 2010

Relax the Back wins award at annual convention

The Relax the Back corporation announced that the Glendale store was named the 2009 Franchisee of the Year at its annual convention in Houston. The award is presented to the top performing franchisee each year based on sales, customer service and operations according to their business model.

The Glendale location of Relax the Back is located at 410 West Silver Spring Drive.

Local bank wins lender of the year award

Cornerstone Community Bank was named the Wisconsin Small Business Administration Lender of the Year for banks between $101 million and $350 million in asset size. This is the fifth consecutive year Cornerstone has received this type of award since receiving a Preferred Lender Status from the United States Small Business Administration in February 2004.

Cornerstone Community Bank operates three full service offices, including one at 8607 North Port Washington Road in Fox Point.

Business named to NARI chapter

The Milwaukee chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry has announced that R. J. Builders in Glendale has been accepted for membership. The company joins more than 900 other members in the Milwaukee chapter.

Bradley Foundation supports Concordia pharmacy students

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation awarded $75,000 to Concordia University's new school of pharmacy. The money will go into the Galen Society Scholarship fund, which will award scholarships to 70 pharmacy students.

Classes will start this fall for incoming pharmacy students at the lower level of Regents Hall on campus. The new school of pharmacy building should be completed by the start of classes fall 2011.

Sendik's makes big donation to ABCD

Balistreri Sendik's Food Markets donated $55,000 to After Breast Cancer Diagnosis. The donation will help continue the free services throughout Milwaukee and beyond that ABCD offers.

ABCD is a telephone-based, free and personalized service available to anyone who is affected by breast cancer, including patients, families and friends. Breast cancer survivors are paired up with breast cancer fighters based on similar diagnoses and life circumstances.

The donation continues Sendik's long-time collaboration with ABCD in promoting and assuring the availability of the service. Sendik's has eight Wisconsin locations, including Mequon and Whitefish Bay.

New hospice to open end of June

The new Horizon Home Care and Hospice residence at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon nears completion. The 14-bed hospice is the first hospital-based hospice residence in Ozaukee County.

Horizon Home Care will serve the entire Milwaukee metro area. The hospice is located in the former labor and delivery unit at Columbia St. Mary's and offers large, private rooms for patients. Amenities include private gathering areas for families, computer and Internet access, and a large community living space with a kitchen and seating for dining.

The public is invited to an open house on June 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, please visit

Professor performs piece at symposium

Cardinal Stritch University music professor Marion Verhaalen participated in a Symposium for Liturgical Music Composers at St. Joseph Center in Milwaukee. Her piece, Nunc Transitus, was performed May 19.

Local professor to lead study on hearing loss in children

The Medical College of Wisconsin received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. Whitefish Bay resident Dr. Katherine Shim, assistant professor of pediatrics at the college, will be the lead investigator of the study.

The grant will be used to study the genetic effects of mutations that lead to hearing loss and balance disorders in children. Genetic disorders are believed to cause more than half of all hearing loss at birth. Thirty-nine percent of hearing loss and balance disorders are believed to be caused by malformed inner ears.

Results from the study seek to bring new therapies to treat inner ear disorders.

Local businesses accepted into NARI

LaBonte Construction, Brown Deer, and Tee Time, Thiensville, have been accepted into the Milwaukee chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

As members, the companies 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.

For information or to receive a free copy of an annual membership roster listing all members, call (414) 771-4071, or visit their website at

Roman Electric executives earn LEED certifications

Roman Electric Company executives Phil Rose, president, and Gabe Rose, vice president of design and engineering, are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified professionals.

LEED certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

For a building to be LEED certified, it must be environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work in. One LEED accredited professional must be involved with the building to become certified.

Both men live in Whitefish Bay.

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.

On the Move

• Whitefish Bay resident Herodotos Ellinas has been appointed assistant professor of anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1992. He has completed residencies in medicine and pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center and anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, serving as chief resident in 2007. He has also completed a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Boston.

• Shorewood resident Joanna Rea has been appointed as assistant professor of general internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as to the medical staffs at Froedtert Hospital and Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Rea served as an instructor of medicine and consultant in the primary care internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., receiving awards as best resident educator in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Nicole Tilot has been appointed as the new Director of Alumni and Parent Relations at Concordia University in Mequon. Tilot graduated from Concordia in 2007 and received her MBA at Concordia in 2008. She previously was the academic adviser for MBA and undergraduate programs for the School of Business and Legal Studies.

• Whitefish Bay resident Charles Kahn has been elected as vice president of the American Roentgen Ray Society. He will also serve as president in 2012 through 2013, and will serve a three-year term on the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology. Kahn is a professor of radiology and chief of the division of informatics in the department of radiology at Medical College of Wisconsin.

• Shorewood resident Jill Klayman has been named assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and to the staff at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. She was a psychiatry instructor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York and a clinical psychology intern at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif. before moving to Milwaukee.


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