Building services

Kolbe Windows & Doors promoted Mark Harger to vice president who is responsible for the Manawa Division in Wisconsin. Harger has more than three decades of experience in the wood, window and door industries. Most recently, Harger served as the general manager for the Manawa Division, which manufactures Kolbe’s Forgent Series windows and doors. Prior to joining Kolbe, Harger worked as an operations manager at Marshfield Door Systems. His industry experience also includes positions at International Paper manufacturing medium-density fiberboard products for the furniture industry and at Weyerhaeuser Company manufacturing commercial wood doors. His roles have included product engineering, quality management, product development and continuous improvement. Before starting his career, Harger graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in forestry/wood science

Engineering

Kaylin Felix, a hydrogeologist, joined REI Engineering in Wausau. Felix’s primary responsibilities include conducting environmental duediligence projects, site investigations, tank system site assessments, interpreting data, project management and preparing reports. He also is a member of REI’s emergency spill response team. Felix graduated from UW-Oshkosh in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Geology (hydrogeology).

Finance

First State Bank promoted Richard Wilcox and Kevin Konkol to vice president agriculture/business banking officers. Wilcox joined First State Bank in October and has 19 years agricultural lending experience. He previously was a lender for Portage County Bank, BMO Harris, and United Farm Credit Services. Before becoming a lender, he was plant manager for Wisconsin River Agronomy/ Tomorrow Valley Co-op. Wilcox is the board treasurer for the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association Associate Division, serves as a board member for the Portage County Agri-business Council and the Portage County Dairy Breakfast Committee and is a supervisor for the National Corn Growers Association Yield Contest. Konkol joined the bank in 2007. He began his career at the bank as a consumer banking and investment assistant. He became a financial adviser for the First State Investment Center in 2010 before transitioning to the First State Bank’s agriculture-lending department in 2011. Konkol was promoted to portfolio manager in 2017 and again in late 2019 to agriculture/business banking officer. Konkol graduated from the Wisconsin Bankers Association Commercial Lending School in 2018 and Leadership Waupaca County in 2020. He has been a Waupaca County Forage Council member and has volunteered for Feeding America. Konkol also continues to help operate the family dairy farm. First State Bank, headquartered in New London, has branches in Auburndale, Cecil, Clintonville, Greenwood, Manawa, Marshfield, Rozellville, Rudolph, Stevens Point, Waupaca, Wisconsin Rapids and Withee.

New officers/ Board members

The Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce named new board members and officers for 2021. Tammy Brzeczkowski, Dynamic Designs Unlimited has been named president; Zachary Linsmeyer, KerberRose is presidentelect; Hank Wagner, Wagner Leadership Training is past-president; and Mary White, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats is treasurer. Newly elected board members include Leann Gueths, Novolex; Chris Caldwell, College of Menominee Nation; and Mary White, Nueske’s. Julie Chikowski, ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano and Roxanne Tilleson, The Rustic Shed were re-elected for their second term. Keith Marquardt, Shawano County Parks was recently elected to the position of president of the Shawano Country Tourism Council (a division of the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce) and will fill the tourism representative position on the Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Legal

Matthew Rowe succeeded Stewart Etten as president of Ruder Ware as part of the firm’s succession-planning efforts. Rowe assumed the president’s position April 1. Etten will continue as a full-time attorney and shareholder of the firm, with his practice focused on business transactional matters including secured loan documentation, mergers and acquisitions and bank regulatory issues. Rowe joined Ruder Ware in 1997 and has focused his practice on corporate finance and securities, mergers and acquisitions, representation of bank and other financial institutions and providing general corporate advice and counsel to a wide range of closely-held and family-owned businesses. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School where he was a managing editor of the Minnesota Law Review. Rowe will continue to provide legal services to clients in addition to serving as the sixth president in the 101-year history of the firm.

Public safety

Joe Bozinski joined the Merrill Fire Department as the first fire inspector in department history. Inspector Bozinski has more than 20 years’ experience in the fire service and also serves as the fire chief for the Village of Maine Fire Department. Prior to becoming fire inspector, Bozinski worked fulltime for Crystal Finishing Systems. The position is part-time, but it will provide a significant enhancement to the fire inspection division of the department and improvement to the overall operations of the department.

Award/Achievements 

Greenheck Group, a manufacturer of air movement, control, and conditioning equipment with manufacturing locations across the United States, was named as one of Forbes’ America’s Best Midsized Employers. Employers are chosen based on results from an independent survey distributed to more than 50,000 U.S. based employees working for companies that employ more than 1,000 individuals. Companies considered for this award were rated by nationwide survey respondents on work-related topics such as working conditions, salary, potential for development, and overall company image. Greenheck Group ranked as one of the top 250 midsized companies in the nation and one of the top 15 manufacturers nationally in the midsized category. Greenheck was also selected for this award in 2019.