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MILWAUKEE COMMERCE Summer 2018 - Volume 97, No. 2

From the President

The heart of policy is the honest exchange of ideas Perspectives from

Governor Scott Walker WI Senate Majority Leader Senator Scott Fitzgerald WI Senate Minority Leader Senator Jennifer Shilling WI Assembly Speaker of the House Representative Robin Vos WI Assembly Democratic Leader Representative Gordan Hintz

PLAYING THE LONG GAME How MMAC advocates for your business


2017-18 MMAC Legislative Scorecard


New $89M MKE Symphony development a major economic catalyst


2018 Future 50 Award Winners

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Playing the long game

How MMAC advocates for your business 05 | Member milestones 06 | In Memorium: Mary Ellen Powers 07 | The heart of policy is the honest exchange of ideas Tim Sheehy - MMAC

08 | Taking the long view Steve Baas - MMAC

10 | How MMAC's lobbying helped these small businesses soar 12 | Wisconsin is working Gov. Scott Walker

13 | Pressing forward with state reforms Sen. Scott Fitzgerald

14 | A brighter future for Wisconsin Sen. Jennifer Shilling

15 | Working to strengthen Wisconsin's workforce Rep. Robin Vos

16 | Innovative local policies can help address challenges Rep. Gordan Hintz

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Special Features 17 | 2017-18 MMAC Legislative Scorecard 25 | New $89 million Milwaukee Symphony development a major economic catalyst 27 | 2018 Future 50 Award Winners

In Every Issue 29 | MMAC program & event photos 40 | New MMAC members 43 | Staff directory

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Member Milestones

110 YEARS WEC Energy Group 85 YEARS Perlick Corporation 70 YEARS GE Healthcare GE Healthcare Systems 30 YEARS Bruck Law Offices SC Great Lakes Roofing Corporation Lauber Business Partners 25 YEARS Metro Business Publications 20 YEARS Heritage Printing Hotel Metro Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 River Run Computers United Performing Arts Fund, Inc. 15 YEARS ActionCOACH of Elm Grove AFFIRM Agency Confluence Graphics, Inc. DHI Corp. Founders 3 Real Estate Services Mandel Group/Trostel Square Apartments Signarama Milwaukee Wagner Falconer & Judd Ltd. War Memorial Center Wisconsin Bank & Trust WisPolitics.Com & WisBusiness.Com 10 YEARS Allis Roller LLC Bostik, Inc. Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin Cornell Communications, Inc. Korb + Associates Architects Marsh & McLennan Agency PhRMA PS Companies S3 International Transformation Consulting Group U-Haul Company of Eastern Wisconsin Veolia Water Milwaukee LLC WI Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Congratulations to companies celebrating MMAC membership anniversaries March, April & May 2018

5 YEARS American Design, Inc. Capstone National Partners Guy & O’Neill, Inc. Insulation Technologies, Inc. Kahler Slater King Innovative LaLonde Contractors, Inc. Really Resourceful Group Rose & deJong SC SEKO Logistics LLC STIR LLC Vulcan Global Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. Wisconsin Lift Truck Corporation 1 YEAR Agape Home Health Care Aries Industries, Inc. Branding Breakthroughs LLC BRT Adaptive LLC Checkbox Property Management Dave’s Magikist Carpet & Rug Cleaners JWM - Coenen KMB Design/Consulting LLC Meijer- Greenfield Meijer- West Bend OneAmerica Retirement Services Ontal Corporate Golf Wellness Operose Partners Paycom Restaurant Depot River Venture Partners 1 LLC Rockstar Events LLC Royal Enfield North America (RENA) Struc Rite Design, Inc. The Tile Group Transwestern Commercial Services Trusted Media Brands Westin Milwaukee Wisconsin Public Transportation Association (WIPTA)


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In Memoriam


Dear Members: A big part of the MMAC’s value proposition is your investment in a staff time. Staff focused on delivering results that help make your business more successful, the business community more prosperous, and the community more vibrant as a place to live, work, play and learn. This June, the Association team and its members lost a dedicated and selfless leader in our Chief Operating Officer, Mary Ellen Powers. For 37 years, Ellen was the heart, soul and brains behind this organization. She was the quiet, behind the scenes, never looking for recognition rock that all successful organizations are built on. She possessed an impeccable compass for what is right. Over the years, whether it was founding and leading our scholarship program, (which gave out $17 million to help financially disadvantaged high school students attend two- and four-year colleges) or guiding a unique job training program for central city job seekers, or most recently launching a program to help Milwaukee become a region of choice for diverse talent, Ellen was at the center. And if you are a Brewers fan, Miller Park is a reality because of her work. The entire MMAC team will miss her wisdom, compassion and intellect. So we say goodbye knowing she made us better people, a better organization and put us in a better position to serve you all going forward.

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From the President

The heart of policy is the honest exchange of ideas


democracy functions best when its participants have good information. The heart of good policy is an honest, respectful and direct exchange of ideas.

A big part of MMAC’s value proposition is providing our elected representatives at the local, state and federal levels with good information — information that is transparent, accountable and fair. Legislative leaders, policy makers and their respective staff are more capable decision makers when they are informed. For those cynics who read this opening and rolled their eyes, yes, we acknowledge that democracy is a contact sport. And yes, MMAC has a lobbying team paid to represent the interests of its members. We also acknowledge the responsibility inherent in this role. If we don’t factually and accurately represent our point of view and understand the arguments against our point of view on legislation/ policy, then we run the risk of being a distrusted advocate. Having more than 50 years experience lobbying at the local, state and federal levels, we know that honest representation is at the core of being an effective advocate. Our lobbying team likes to note that if you’re not at the policy table, you’re likely on the menu. MMAC takes pride in making sure our voice is in the room when decisions impacting our members and the region’s economy are on the table. We are not naïve to the challenges facing policy making at all levels today. It is a more partisan and difficult context in which to operate. Our members have varied points of view. Our role is to stay true to helping represent employers in their self-interest to invest capital and create jobs. That self-interest comes with the balance of raising the quality of life for all. Today’s reality is not the black and white movie, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” But we do realize that in representing our members we have a responsibility to improve democracy — not the reverse.

Tim Sheehy President Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

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Playing the long game Advancing MMAC's strategic policy goals through advocacy

By STEVE BAAS Senior VP of MMAC Governmental Affairs & Public Policy

“MMAC has an outstanding reputation for working with all sectors of the education community and government to improve education outcomes in Milwaukee.” - Glen Hackman Vice Chairman of Counsel Robert W. Baird Co., Inc.

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hen most people think about “lobbying” they envision smoke-filled rooms, fundraisers and political persuasion campaigns. For the most part, that image of lobbying really is a misperception. At MMAC, lobbying is not an event; it is a series of processes. It is an ongoing commitment to informing, relationship building, problem solving, communicating and organizing that transcends any single issue or politician. It is the “long game” of working over time, with ever-changing personalities and conditions, to advance the broad strategic goals laid out by our members. That “long game” mentality was dramatically in evidence in the economic development area as over a decade of policies advocated for by MMAC put Wisconsin in position to land both Haribo and Foxconn. These policies – from creation of the Milwaukee 7 (2005) to the Jobs Tax Credit (2009) to the Manufacturing and Activities Credit (2011) to Right to Work (2015) – were not only accomplished over a span of years, but also across a span of different political majorities and gubernatorial administrations.

"The real value and the 'secret sauce' of MMAC advocacy is not in the immediate, individual wins. It is in the long-term vision that places Similarly, many of the advances Wisconsin has all those individual battles seen in education reform have been set up by the in a broader context." consistent, persistent MMAC policy focus on improving the quality of educational options for all Wisconsin’s students. Whether it was the creation and expansion of private school choice and the creation of independent public charter schools in the 1990s, the creation of a common student identifier to track school performance in the 2000s, or the common statewide performance report card in the 2010s, MMAC’s advocacy has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of the education policy discussion in Wisconsin. Individual policy debates that dominate the political or media scene in a given point in time draw a lot of attention in Madison and in the media. MMAC unapologetically engages in these debates on behalf of its members. The real value and the “secret sauce” of MMAC advocacy is not in the immediate, individual wins. It is in the long-term vision that places all those individual battles in a broader context. It is the willingness and the ability to provide a “sane center” that keeps its eye on the

MMAC also creates a broad vision over time that encompasses our leadership on everything from the economic development and education examples cited above to long-range challenges like transportation infrastructure, professional sports team arenas, reliable utility infrastructure, convention centers, culture, arts, parks, and so many other important priorities that transcend politics. In this edition of Milwaukee Commerce, you will see an impressive lineup of legislative victories from the last session of the Wisconsin legislature. I hope you are proud of those accomplishments. I hope you are even prouder still, to be part of an Association that plays the “long game.” An Association that does not view this session’s scorecard as a destination, but rather one more step in the continuing journey of economic prosperity the MMAC set out upon 157 years ago.

“When new state regulations were proposed that would

“MMAC's follow-through and timely communication

have had a crushing effect on our business, MMAC stepped

keep it front and center, and able to drive important

in to help block this new red tape. Their intervention

legislative results on behalf of Wisconsin businesses.”

helped bring all parties to the table to create alternative, commonsense reforms.” - Anthony Vastardis CEO Dental Associates

long-range goal regardless of how the short-term winds of political fortune are blowing at any given time.

- Tracy Johnson President/CEO Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin (CARW)

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It all started at an event...

How MMAC's Lobbying helped these small businesses soar

While MMAC tackles an ambitious organization-wide agenda of highprofile public policy issues every year, its advocacy team is also a “lobbyist on call� for individual members. What follows is an example of our work on an issue of importance to one of our members.

The AB 855 bill signing included (L to R) Steve Baas, MMAC; Buddy Julius, The Firm Consulting; PJ Kirkpatrick, Nomad Aerial Solutions; Ryan Murray, The Firm Consulting; Governor Scott Walker and others.

Nomad Aerial Solutions is a licensed drone data company and Dedrone Partner providing innovative solutions for securing airspace. They also leverage commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for the collection of data and images to enhance processes, make informed decisions, and improve worker safety.

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have only been approved for commercial use since 2014, but Menet Aero, Inc. is considered an UAS industry expert worldwide. Menet Aero, Inc. is a veteran-owned small business employing military aviators and veterans as pilots.

Gathering information

In April of 2017, PJ Kirkpatrick, Chief Pilot and Owner of Nomad Aerial Solutions, had recently joined the MMAC and attended a Member Orientation where he heard about all the services MMAC offers. In addition to running his own Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) – drones – company, Kirkpatrick was a leader in the UAV industry. One week after the Member Orientation, PJ followed up with Steve Baas, Senior VP of Government Affairs and Public Policy, asking to discuss the fast-emerging field of government UAV regulation. In late May, they met with Peter Menet, president of Menet Aero and Vice President of the Unmanned Aerial System Advocacy Network, to talk about their industry and its policy concerns.

Building a coalition

Through MMAC’s ongoing issue tracking at the state level, Baas was aware that legislation was progressing to create a uniform statewide regulatory protocol for drones. In order to build a broader and stronger coalition around this issue, Baas reached out to Buddy Julius and Ryan Murray at The Firm Consulting, got draft copies of the model legislation, and forwarded that language to Kirkpatrick and Menet for review. Baas and Julius also reached out to DJI Technologies (the nation’s #1 drone provider) and Union Pacific railroad for their input on the drafts.

Product improvement

A number of practical problems and regulatory inconsistencies were identified in the initial drafts of the bill and Baas, The Firm team and Kirkpatrick began to work with the authors of the bill in Madison to address those concerns.

In January of 2018, the Assembly’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a public hearing on the drone legislation (AB 855). Kirkpatrick joined Baas in Madison to testify before the committee about the strengths and weaknesses of the bill. Later in the month, Kirkpatrick joined Murray of The Firm to testify at the state Senate hearing on the bill. Following the public hearings, Baas, Julius and Murray held a series of meetings with the bill’s author, Representative Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh), the bill’s State Senate co-author Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac), and other committee members to reinforce the issues raised by Kirkpatrick and others about details that needed to be changed in the bill before it was ready to move forward.

Reaching the finish line

Subsequent drafts of the bill were shared with Kirkpatrick and subsequent amendments were made to address the input given at the public hearings and legislator meetings. By mid-February, the amended bill passed out of committee in the Assembly and was passed by the full Assembly. In March, the state Senate followed suit, and on April 16, with PJ Kirkpatrick at his side, Governor Walker signed the bill into law. The story of AB 855 is one example of the long process of “sausage making” that goes into creating public policy. But it is more, as well: A lot of time when we think of the “power of the MMAC” in terms of shaping public policy we think of big things like arenas, tax cuts, transportation or education reform. The story of AB 855 is a good reminder that the same power is at work on a daily basis for individual members to address the unique challenges facing their businesses.

Assembly Bill 855 This bill prohibits the operation of a drone in certain manners and prohibits a political subdivision from regulating the ownership or operation of a drone. Current law prohibits the operation of a drone over a state correctional institution and the use of a drone with the intent to photograph, record, or otherwise observe another individual in a place or location where the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy. This bill also prohibits the operation of a drone in any of the following manners: 1) So as to interfere with the official duties of a police officer, fire fighter, emergency medical responder, emergency medical services practitioner, or search and rescue officer; 2) So as to constitute stalking or criminal harassment; 3) So as to violate a restraining order or other judicial order; and 4) If an individual is required to register as a sex offender and is prohibited from taking these actions, for the purpose of following or contacting or photographing, recording, or otherwise observing another individual.

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Wisconsin is Working!


ore people are employed than ever before and our unemployment rate is at an all-time low. We turned a $3.6 billion budget deficit into surpluses each year. We invested more actual dollars into schools than ever before - and more into our technical college system and UW System. The cumulative impact of our tax relief through the end of this budget is more than $8 billion with lower property and income taxes. We froze undergraduate tuition for the University of Wisconsin six years in a row. Our health care systems are ranked #1 in the nation for quality. And, we helped more than 25,000 people transition from welfare into the workforce. Our reforms are moving Wisconsin forward. That means big things for southeastern Wisconsin. Northwestern Mutual built a remarkable new addition to the Milwaukee skyline. Milwaukee Tool, Generac, Direct Supply, Uline and many other employers in the region continue to grow. And, exciting new companies like Haribo and Foxconn are coming to Wisconsin! Foxconn alone is the largest economic development project in state history - and one of the largest in American history. The company will create 13,000 good-paying, family-supporting jobs and invest $10 billion in Wisconsin. They will earn their tax credits based on actual investment and job creation. Beyond the 13,000 direct jobs, the campus is expected to generate 20,000 to 25,000 indirect and induced jobs. Plus, some 10,000 construction workers from across the state will be needed to build this new ecosystem.

Once operational, Foxconn will do $1.4 billion worth of business in Wisconsin. In comparison, Oshkosh Corp. does $300 million worth of business with some 700 companies in 140 communities across the state. And, students all across the state are enrolling in programs to work for Foxconn or companies related to it. More compelling reasons to keep our graduates here so we can be a BRAIN GAIN state. Just as Microsoft transformed the State of Washington, Foxconn will help transform Wisconsin. Looking ahead, our plan to help Wisconsin win the 21st Century includes a renewed focus on building our workforce. Going from 9.3% unemployment in 2010 to 2.8% in 2018 requires a comprehensive plan to find more qualified workers. First, we will focus on education and training. It is why we made historic investments in schools. The state is now funding academic and career plans in 6th grade to start our students on a career path soon and to advance early college credit and youth apprenticeship programs into 7th and 8th grades. We will continue to increase our investment in our technical colleges and to make targeted investments into the UW System. And we want to aim for the best high school graduation rate in the country that gets our students truly ready for careers.

week and be able to pass a drug test to get assistance. At 2.8% unemployment, we can find a career for everyone. Third, we are recruiting talent from other states. In January, we started a marketing campaign in Chicago and we are expanding into the Twin Cities and other Midwestern states. The efforts target three groups: Midwest millennials, graduates of Wisconsin colleges and universities, and transitioning veterans and their families (Wisconsin offers more benefits for veterans than any other state in America). Keeping our graduates here and attracting new talent to the state is the key to continuing our economic growth in Wisconsin. Thank you to all of the employers - big and small alike - who are creating jobs, raising wages and household income and engaging in our communities. Working together is how we help Wisconsin win the 21st Century.

Second, we are breaking down barriers to employment. Wisconsin is now a Top Ten state for hiring people with disabilities. We want to continue that growth. We are also adding more technical and vocational training for offenders with the corrections system. And we are pushing welfare reform — with requirements that ablebodied adults work at least 30 hours a

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Pressing forward with state reforms By WI Senate Majority Leader SCOTT FITZGERALD (R - Juneau)


few weeks ago, professional golfer Brooks Koepka won the U.S. Open for the second time in two years. You may remember the name from when he won the tournament at Wisconsin's Erin Hills in 2017. Koepka has earned a reputation as being "unshakeable." No matter the conditions of the course or his spot on the leaderboard, he presses forward and gets the job done.

"We have delivered billions of dollars in real tax relief. We have attacked needless government regulation. Our unemployment rate is at a historic low, and as a new "right-to-work" state, we are finally on the map of corporate site selectors.�

Sen. Scott Fitzgerald

I like to think of Wisconsin Republicans in that same light. Since being elected to legislative majorities in 2010, we have pressed forward with reform after reform. We have not let the endless stream of negativity from Democrats deter us from delivering wins for Wisconsin's taxpayers and business community. We have delivered billions of dollars in real tax relief. We have attacked needless government regulation. Our unemployment rate is at a historic low, and as a new "right-to-work" state, we are finally on the map of corporate site selectors. We have reformed worker’s compensation and unemployment insurance to bring fairness and consistency to the processes. And we replaced the antiquated Department of Commerce with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to assist communities with economic development efforts.

Despite our successes, our state still faces challenges. Our infrastructure, parts of which are at the end of their lifespan, is in need of repair. Declining gas tax revenues to the state have put our transportation fund in a precarious situation. However, through sound budgeting combined with a recent federal grant, we are able to fund all bridge repair applications, pump money into highway rehabilitation, and finish the I-94 North/South revamp a decade ahead of schedule. We also have a workforce shortage. Historically low unemployment means we have more jobs than qualified people to fill them. We have invested millions into worker retraining programs to ensure companies can fill slots as they expand operations. We also extended a tuition freeze for in-state UW System students, in the hopes that our best and brightest choose to make Wisconsin home. Even though we face challenges, legislative Republicans remain steadfast in our commitment to protect taxpayers and grow our state's economy. Momentum is on our side, and I am confident voters will do us the great honor of returning us to the majority in 2019 so we can continue to build on that success.

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A Brighter Future for Wisconsin By WI Senate Minority Leader JENNIFER SHILLING (D-La Crosse)


n order to foster growth, innovation and opportunity in Wisconsin, we need to invest in our state’s future, increase wages for workers struggling to get ahead and ensure longterm economic success so that all Wisconsinites have access to the American Dream.

After 26 consecutive quarters of below-average job growth in Wisconsin, we need to do more to help workers, businesses and communities thrive. Too many workers are living paycheck to paycheck, health care costs are increasing and our aging infrastructure continues to shift costs onto small businesses. From my conversations with business owners, community leaders and working families across the state, everyone agrees that Wisconsin can do better. We need to take proactive steps to ensure all families have a fighting chance in this economy. Drivers are facing increased repair costs because our roads are filled with potholes. Entrepreneurs, farmers and small businesses in rural communities are unable to compete in the global economy because they lack access to a highspeed internet. Facing a nearly $1 billion shortfall in our transportation budget, state and local officials will need to work together to face urgent transportation infrastructure challenges. Senate Democrats are ready to support innovative, long-term transportation funding solutions that ensure responsible investment in projects across Wisconsin without kicking the can further down the road. While immediate infrastructure investments will help to strengthen Wisconsin communities, we must also invest in our future by improving local public schools and providing quality educational opportunities for all children. By making smart investments, we can expand opportunities and improve educational outcomes at all levels from pre-K to our technical colleges and universities. These investments are important to the economic success of our state as well as the local quality of life in our communities. Rather than wasting time on policies that divide communities, I hope we can refocus our attention in the next legislative session on being problem solvers and finding commonsense solutions to the challenges facing our state. My door is always open and I look forward to hearing more from Wisconsin workers and business leaders as we strive to move Wisconsin forward.

“Rather than wasting time on policies that divide communities, I hope we can refocus our attention in the next legislative session on being problem solvers and finding commonsense solutions to the challenges facing our state.�

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Working to strengthen Wisconsin's workforce By WI Assembly Speaker of the House ROBIN VOS (R - Racine)


ake no mistake, these are exciting times for Wisconsin. Our economy is strong, the unemployment rate is at a historic low, and businesses are expanding. Of course, you add the $10 billion Foxconn investment with 13,000 jobs and it’s clear the Badger State is entering a new era of economic growth. With the transformational development and the anticipated creation of ancillary businesses, the state’s largest challenge is obvious and is already an issue. Wisconsin needs more workers and more specifically, trained workers that fit our businesses' needs.

"Wisconsin needs more workers and more specifically, trained workers that fit our businesses' needs. Workforce development has been a primary focus in the legislature for several years.”

Rep. Robin Vos

Workforce development has been a primary focus in the legislature for several years. A nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis in 2016 found that the state spends more than a billion dollars in identified workforce development programs that include higher education and technical college investments. Smaller programs range from talent incentive grants and apprenticeships to veterans retraining assistance and Fast Forward grants. However, I continue to hear that businesses are still having trouble filling open positions. State lawmakers know this is a problem and we’re trying to address it. This past legislative session, the legislature increased funding for Fast Forward career and technical education grants. We also put in nearly $7 million for workforce attraction and retention initiatives. Because we can’t afford to have anyone sit on the sidelines in this economy, we’re reforming welfare

to help more individuals move from government dependence and into the world of work. But, as I’m sure you agree, we still have to do more. The last thing I want to do is create another government program. We should take a serious look at the workforce development programs that we have and see if they’re actually making a difference. As a small business owner myself, I have seen successes with the transitional jobs and work release programs. Should those be expanded? I also believe it’s time we start thinking outside the box in order to reach better outcomes. One innovative idea that we intend to pursue would require every individual on unemployment to sign up at a temp agency. Instead of just clicking on a few jobs posts online every week to show a work search, individuals could work a temporary position and potentially get the training that could bring about fulltime employment. No matter what route we take to enhance our workforce development initiatives, the solutions must include the input from business owners throughout Wisconsin and be done with the cooperation of our various school systems. Wisconsin is at the edge of an even more prosperous period. And like issues in our past, I can assure you that Assembly Republicans will take a comprehensive approach and search for the most commonsense and feasible solutions.

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Innovative local policies can help address challenges By WI Assembly Democratic Leader GORDAN HINTZ ( D -Oshkosh)



Wisconsin had 105,000 fewer prime working age people (25 to 54) in 2015 than it did in 2010. Wisconsin’s prime working age population is expected to continue to shrink through 2040 to just 33% of its total population. This is down from 41% in 2010.

Wisconsin is best when its municipalities are strong and thriving. The most innovative policies globally are occurring at the local level. Not just in economic development or quality of life initiatives, but in areas of public health and sustainability.

In addition to the lost workforce due to the retirements of baby boomers, Wisconsin lost more than 27,000 people who left the state between 2010 and 2014 according to a study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). Wisconsin lost people “at a faster rate than we should, and this means not only are we not going to grow the workforce, we’re going to see a shrinking workforce if we keep that up,” said Todd Berry, WISTAX president.

At the state level, we need to be empowering municipalities. We should promote policy solutions that give local governments the freedom and flexibility to build dynamic communities. That means adequate state support for roads and services. That means investing in critical digital infrastructure like broadband throughout Wisconsin. And that means seeing local governments as true partners in the business of our state.

The biggest challenge facing Wisconsin is attracting people. An aging population has made it difficult to fill existing jobs. If we cannot attract enough people to grow our workforce, companies will expand operations elsewhere. All the policies aimed at attracting businesses won’t help the economy grow if Wisconsin can’t attract working age people.

Wisconsin’s current and future demographic challenge is not new, but considerations for how the state will address this challenge and manage the consequences do not seem to be at the forefront of the state’s current decision-making.

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It is important to recognize that jobs follow people. Working age people increasingly want to live where there are good schools, strong transportation infrastructure (including public transit), and diverse recreational opportunities. Wisconsin’s lower cost of living, natural resources, and access to universities are assets we can build off.

"We should promote policy solutions that give local governments the freedom and flexibility to build dynamic communities. "

Rep. Gordan Hintz

2017-18 MMAC Legislative Scorecard Where We Stand This 2017-2018 Legislative Scorecard evaluates how well the votes of your state elected officials represented the priorities of the MMAC in the past legislative session. The key bills included in this Scorecard were chosen

MMAC’s Blueprint for Economic Prosperity is a strategic agenda for economic growth that is updated every two years. It is a tool to inform elected officials of our members’ public policy priorities.

because of their policy significance and their relationship to our public policy agenda. A brief description of these pieces of legislation is included, as well as a vote-by-vote record for each legislator.

Our complete agenda is available at: www.mmac.org/blueprint.html

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State Bills Key Issue



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Summary Providing over $1B in new school funding; increasing per pupil funding amounts for Choice and Charter schools; providing state support for the WI Reading Corps, College Possible and summer school; providing over $200M in income and property tax cuts; and repealing the prevailing wage law for state building projects and state highway projects.

Providing $2.85B in tax credit eligibility for Foxconn on the condition that it locate a $10.5B electronics manufacturing plant employing 13,000 workers in Wisconsin.


Repealing the prohibitions on nonferrous metallic mineral mining in Wisconsin and creating standards for the operation of a non-ferrous metallic mineral mine in the state.


Allowing the Public Service Commission (PSC) to avoid lengthy and costly contested cases and approve settlement agreements mutually negotiated between parties before it in rate hearings.

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AB 64 Author: Joint Committee on Finance

August Special Session AB 1 Author: Committee on Assembly Organization

AB 499 Author: Rep. Hutton Sen. Tiffany

AB 532 Author: Rep. Kuglitsch Sen. LeMahieu

Bottom Line

“This is a solid budget. It’s going to put more money into schools than ever before and still help keep property taxes down.” GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER

“Balancing the upside of $83 billion in new economic activity against an incentive package that pays out only as Foxconn delivers on its promises is a risk well worth the reward.” TIM SHEEHY President MMAC

“Mining – and all the ancillary jobs that support the industry – play an important role in Wisconsin’s supply chain economy.” STEVE KOHLMANN Executive Director Independent Business Assoc. of WI (IBAW)

“39 states have settlement procedures in statute or rule. Placing such a framework in [WI] statute provides all parties clarity and transparency with respect to the processes necessary for… fair resolution of contested matters.” ELLEN NOWAK Chair PSC Commission


Assembly Passage 9/13/17 Senate Concurrence 9/15/17

Assembly Passage 2/20/18 Senate Concurrence 2/15/18

Assembly Passage 11/7/17 Senate Concurrence 11/2/17

Assembly Passage 1/23/18 Senate Concurrence 1/23/18

Key Issue







Making discovery procedures in Wisconsin civil lawsuits consistent with federal discovery procedures.

Creating a state preemption on local collective bargaining mandates and occupational regulations that exceed those of the state law.

Author: Rep. Born Sen. Tiffany

AB 748 Author: Rep. Hutton Sen. Kapenga

SB 15 Requiring legislative approval for any state regulation with more than a Author: $10M implementation or compliance Sen. LeMahieu costs over a two-year period. Rep. Neylon

Creating a non-refundable corporate income and franchise tax credit equal to 25% of what an employer pays into an employee’s college savings account.

SB 75 Author: Sen. Feyen Rep. Kremer

Bottom Line

“AB 773 will reduce litigation costs for small business, update civil court procedures and help eliminate abusive discovery practices.” BILL SMITH State Director National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)


Assembly Passage 2/22/18 Senate Concurrence 3/20/18

“AB 748 provides uniform regulation for employment hours, overtime, benefits, Assembly discrimination and wage claims. This bill also Passage prohibits a local government from requiring 2/22/18 occupational licensing requirements that are more stringent than state law.” SCOTT MANLEY SVP of Government Relations WI Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC)

“SB 15 will allow for greater public input in the rule making process, including new opportunities for public hearings.” ERIC BOTT State Director Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin

“SB 75 makes it easier to secure the training required by today’s growth companies by making education more affordable. It creates an environment of partnership between employers and employees.” CHRISTIAN TSCHESCHLOK Executive Director Economic Development Washington County (EDWC)

Senate Concurrence 3/20/18

Assembly Concurrence 6/14/17 Senate Passage 5/2/17

Assembly Concurrence 2/20/18 Senate Passage 10/31/17

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State Bills, continued

Key Issue





Allowing the Great Lakes Council’s water supply service area for an approved Great Lakes water diversion to supersede the area identified in the DNR’s initial water quality management plan.

Allowing corporations to allow audio, visual or computer attendance and participation at annual shareholder meetings rather than in-person attendance.

Making miscellaneous administrative changes to the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and the Special Needs Scholarship Program


SB 180 Author: Sen. Kapenga Rep. Allen

SB 285 Author: Sen. Kapenga Rep. Jarchow

SB 293 Author: Sen. Olsen Rep. Kitchens


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Increasing the amount of historic tax credits that may be granted to a project from $500,000 to $3,500,000.

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Author: Sen. Darling Rep. Rohrkaste

Bottom Line

“The purpose of this bill is to recognize the legal realities and avoid any potential conflicts between state law and determinations of the Compact Council.” SHAWN REILLY Mayor City of Waukesha

“This bill cuts down on many expenses that come with an in-person meeting. Wisconsin now joins 22 other states who currently allow this, making us more attractive to corporations looking to relocate.” ADAM JARCHOW State Representative 28th Assembly District

“SB 293 is an essential step in our mission to improve education and make sure every student has the opportunity to succeed.” LENA TAYLOR State Senator 4th Senate District

“The historic tax credit program is a critical tool for helping municipalities work with private developers to revitalize older buildings.” CURT WITYNSKI, J.D. Deputy Executive Director League of Wisconsin Municipalities


Assembly Concurrence 6/21/17 Senate Passage 6/21/17

Assembly Concurrence 11/2/17 Senate Passage 6/14/17

Assembly Concurrence 6/21/17 Senate Passage 6/14/17

Assembly Concurrence 2/20/18 Senate Passage 2/20/18

The following legislators are ranked by the percentage of votes taken in support of MMAC’s public policy agenda in the 2017-18 legislative session. Metro Milwaukee Legislators are in red.

District Senator

8 18 13 10 1 9 17 23 11 14 29 19 24 12 5 21 33 28 20 2 25 30 15 32 4 3 27 6 7 16 10 31 22 26

Darling, A Feyen, D Fitzgerald, S Harsdorf, S Lasee, F LeMahieu,D Marklein, H Moulton, T Nass, S Olsen, L Petrowski, J Roth, R Testin, P Tiffany, T Vukmir, L Wanggaard, V Kapenga, C Craig, D Stroebel, D Cowles, R Bewley, J Hansen, D Ringhand, J Shilling, J Taylor, L Carpenter, T Erpenbach, J Johnson, L Larson, C Miller, M Schachtner, P Vinehout, K Wirch, R Risser, F


100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 92 83 83 67 42 42 42 42 42 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 25

State Senate Voting Record P Supported MMAC’s position

Did not support MMAC’s position

X Not in Office Military Service Metro Milwaukee Legislator

ict 4 99 32 73 48 5 5 80 85 93 8 str B 6 B 1 B 4 B 5 B 7 B 7 B 1 B 7 B 1 B 2 B 2 B 66 i D A A A A A A S S S S S S

Bewley (D) 25 P P P P P 42 Carpenter (D) 3 P P P P 33 Cowles (R) 2 P P P P P P P P 67 Craig (R) 28 P P P P P P P P P P 83 Darling (R) 8 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Erpenbach (D) 27 P P P P 33 Feyen (R) 18 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Fitzgerald (R) 13 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Hansen (D) 30 P P P P P 42 Harsdorf (R) 10 P P P X X X P P P P P X 100 Johnson (D) 6 P P P P 33 Kapenga (R) 33 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Larson (D) 7 P P P P 33 Lasee (R) 1 P P P X X X P P P P P X 100 LeMahieu (R) 9 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Marklein (R) 17 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Miller (D) 16 P P P P 33 Moulton (R) 23 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Nass (R) 11 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Olsen (R) 14 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Petrowski (R) 29 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Ringhand (D) 15 P P P P P 42 Risser (D) 26 P P P 25 Roth (R) 19 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Schachtner (D) 10 X X X X X X X X X P 33 Shilling (D) 32 P P P P P 42 Stroebel (R) 20 P P P P P P P P P P 83 Taylor (D) 4 P P P P P 42 Testin (R) 24 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Tiffany (R) 12 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Vinehout (D) 31 P P P P 33 100 Vukmir (R) 5 P P P P P P P P P P P P Wanggaard (R) 21 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Wirch (D) 22 P P P P 33 mmac.org |


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District Rep. 41 Ballweg, J 68 Bernier, K 39 Born, M 60 Brooks, R 99 Duchow, C 87 Edming, J 35 Felzkowski, M 58 Gundrum, R 33 Horlacher, C 13 Hutton, R 2 Jacque, A 37 Jagler, J 26 Katsma, T 61 Kerkman, S 24 Knodl, D 72 Krug, S 84 Kuglitsch, M 31 Loudenbeck, A 88 Macco, J 96 Nerison, L 98 Neylon, A 89 Nygren, J 23 Ott, J 40 Petersen, K 93 Petryk, W 92 Pronschinske, T 75 Quinn, R 42 Ripp, K 21 Rodriguez, J 55 Rohrkaste, M 82 Skowronski, K 29 Stafsholt, R 4 Steffen, D 5 Steineke, J 67 Summerfield, R 34 Swearingen, R 6 Tauchen, G 52 Thiesfeldt, J 25 Tittl, P 3 Tusler, R 63 Vos, R 62 Weatherston, T 83 Wichgers, C

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State Assembly Voting Record The following legislators are ranked by the percentage of votes taken in support of MMAC’s public policy agenda in the 2017-18 legislative session. Metro Milwaukee Legislators are in red.

District Rep. 97 Allen, S 32 August, T 22 Brandtjen, J 1 Kitchens, J 38 Kleefisch, J 14 Kooyenga, D 36 Mursau, J 53 Schraa, M 85 Snyder, P 49 Tranel, T 27 Vorpagel, T 50 Brooks, E 59 Kremer, J 56 Murphy, D 51 Novak, T 86 Spiros, J 70 VanderMeer, N 28 Jarchow, A 69 Kulp, B 66 Neubauer, G 15 Sanfelippo, J 30 Zimmerman, S 58 Gannon, R 64 Barca, P 81 Considine, D 11 Fields, J 65 Ohnstad, T 43 Vruwink, D 16 Young, L

% 92 92 92 92 92 92 92 92 92 92 92 83 83 83 83 83 83 75 75 75 75 75 67 50 50 50 50 50 50

District Rep. 8 Zamarripa, J 9 Zepnick, J 47 Anderson, J 77 Berceau, T 95 Billings, J 10 Bowen, D 19 Brostoff, J 17 Crowley, D 94 Doyle, S 90 Genrich, E 18 Goyke, E 46 Hebl, G 79 Hesselbein, D 54 Hintz, G 12 Kessler, F 44 Kolste, D 74 Meyers, B 73 Milroy, N 80 Pope-Roberts, S 7 Riemer, D 48 Sargent, M 71 Shankland, K 20 Sinicki, C 45 Spreitzer, M 57 Stuck, A 78 Subeck, L 76 Taylor, C 91 Wachs, D 66 Mason, C

% 50 50 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 38

P Supported MMAC’s position Did not support MMAC’s position

X Not in Office Military Service

Allen (R) 97 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Anderson (D) 47 P P P P P 42 August (R) 32 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Ballweg (R) 41 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Barca (D) 64 P P P P P P 50 Berceau (D) 77 P P P P P 42 Bernier (R) 68 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Billings (D) 95 P P P P P 42 Born (R) 39 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Bowen (D) 10 P P P P P 42 Brandtjen (R) 22 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Brooks, E (R) 50 P P P P P P P P P P 83 Brooks, R (R) 60 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Brostoff (D) 19 P P P P P 42 Considine (D) 81 P P P P P P 50 Crowley (D) 17 P P P P P 42 Doyle (D) 94 P P P P P 42 Duchow (R) 99 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Edming (R) 87 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Felzkowski (R) 35 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Fields (D) 11 P P P P P P 50 Gannon (R) 58 X X X X P X P P P X 67 Genrich (D) 90 P P P P P 42 Goyke (D) 18 P P P P P 42 Gundrum (R) 58 X X X X P P X X X X X P 100 Hebl (D) 46 P P P P P 42 Hesselbein (D) 79 P P P P P 42 Hintz (D) 54 P P P P P 42 Horlacher (R) 33 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Hutton (R) 13 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Jacque (R) 2 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Jagler (R) 37 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Jarchow (R) 28 P P P P P P P P P 75 Katsma (R) 26 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Kerkman (R) 61 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Kessler (D) 12 P P P P P 42 Kitchens (R) 1 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Kleefisch (R) 38 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Knodl (R) 24 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Kolste (D) 44 P P P P P 42 Kooyenga (R) 14 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Kremer (R) 59 P P P P P P P P P P 8 3 Krug (R) 72 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Kuglitsch (R) 84 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Kulp (R) 69 P P P P P P P P P 75 Loudenbeck (R) 31 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Macco (R) 88 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Mason (D) 66 P X X X P P X 38 Meyers (D) 74 P P P P P 42 Milroy (D) 73 P P P P P 42

Di str AB ict 6 AB 4 1 AB 49 AB 9 5 AB 32 77 AB 3 7 SB 48 1 SB 5 75 SB 1 SB 80 2 SB 85 29 SB 3 66 8

Di str AB ict 6 AB 4 1 AB 4 AB 99 5 AB 32 77 AB 3 7 SB 48 1 SB 5 75 SB 1 SB 80 2 SB 85 29 SB 3 66 8

Metro Milwaukee Legislator

Murphy (R) 56 P P P P P P P P P P 83 Mursau (R) 36 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Nerison (R) 96 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Neubauer (D) 66 X X X X P X P X X X P 75 Neylon (R) 98 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Novak (R) 51 P P P P P P P P P P 83 Nygren (R) 89 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Ohnstad (D) 65 P P P P P P 50 Ott (R) 23 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Petersen (R) 40 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Petryk (R) 93 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Pope-Roberts (D) 80 P P P P P 42 Pronschinske (R) 92 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Quinn (R) 75 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Riemer (D) 7 P P P P P 42 Ripp (R) 42 P P P P X X P X P P P X 100 Rodriguez (R) 21 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Rohrkaste (R) 55 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Sanfelippo (R) 15 P P P P P P P P P 75 Sargent (D) 48 P P P P P 42 Schraa (R) 53 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Shankland (D) 71 P P P P P 42 Sinicki (D) 20 P P P P P 42 Skowronski (R) 82 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Snyder (R) 85 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Spiros (R) 86 P P P P P P P P P P 83 Spreitzer (D) 45 P P P P P 42 Stafsholt (R) 29 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Steffen (R) 4 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Steineke (R) 5 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Stuck (D) 57 P P P P P 42 Subeck (D) 78 P P P P P 42 Summerfield 67 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Swearingen (R) 34 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Tauchen (R) 6 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Taylor (D) 76 P P P P P 42 Thiesfeldt (R) 52 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Tittl (R) 25 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Tranel (R) 49 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Tusler (R) 3 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 VanderMeer (R) 70 P P P P P P P P P P 83 Vorpagel (R) 27 P P P P P P P P P P P 92 Vos (R) 63 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Vruwink (D) 43 P P P P P P 50 Wachs (D) 91 P P P P P 42 Weatherston (R) 62 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Wichgers (R) 83 P P P P P P P P P P P P 100 Young (D) 16 P P P P P P 50 Zamarripa (D) 8 P P P P P P 50 Zepnick (D) 9 P P P P P P 50 Zimmerman (R) 30 P P P P P P P P P 75 mmac.org |


Help amplify MMAC’s advocacy voice MMAC is an advocate for pro-business policies at the local, state and federal levels that make our region more globally competitive. Our agenda has produced great results: • Billions of dollars in business & individual savings through tax cuts • Landmark expansions of educational options to improve achievement • Government regulatory relief and tort reform • Infrastructure development and investment

Contact Steve Baas at sbaas@mmac.org

Year after year, MMAC asks elected officials to support pro-business legislation. Similarly, we ask our members to stand with these elected officials when they face re-election.

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hree MMAC affiliates – the Milwaukee Development Corp. (MDC), the Milwaukee Urban Strategic Investment Corp. (MUSIC), and the Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee Development Corp. – have played significant roles in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s efforts to redevelop the Grand Theatre into its new home, working with the organization to purchase and secure control of the cinema and neighboring properties. The $89 million project at 2nd Street and Wisconsin Avenue, named “The Milwaukee Symphony Center,” will transform the former Grand Theatre into the symphony’s new concert hall, and combine an adjacent office building and parking lots into the development. The hall is expected to open in the second half of 2020. An official groundbreaking event was held on June 21. The theatre, which opened in 1931, is a historic landmark that will be expanded to the north and east to make room for a larger stage, loading docks, dressing rooms and other amenities. Providing renovation cost savings are $17 million in state and federal historic tax credits. When remodeled, the iconic building will be a catalyst for economic development as a major asset within Milwaukee's cultural, social and business communities. In addition to its own impact on downtown’s west side, the Grand Theatre's redevelopment will also help other nearby projects, including the Grand Avenue's conversion that is underway across the street. MDC is supporting the redevelopment of the Shops of Grand Avenue, investing $2.3 million to help repurpose the mall into mixed use office, residential and retail space.

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Celebrating 31 years of entrepreneurs!


Award Winners Congrats to this year’s winners! The Future 50 program recognizes privately-owned companies in the seven-county Milwaukee region that have been in business for at least three years and have shown significant revenue and employment growth.

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Company 360 Degrees Abby Windows and Exteriors Able Access Transportation LLC AccuTrans Group All Occasions Catering/Bubbs BBQ Anderson Ashton, Inc. Breckenridge Landscape Design Business Development Pros LLC Capri Senior Communities Central Standard Craft Distillery Clearwing Productions Coates Electric Connoils LLC Construction Management Associates, Inc. Creative Marketing Resources, Inc. Crescendo Collective Dynamic Solutions Worldwide LLC Endpoint Solutions Corp. EVERYTHING2GO.COM LLC Exhibit Systems First Choice Ingredients, Inc. Geneva Supply Glenn Rieder, Inc. Hurt Electric, Inc. InCheck James Imaging Systems JCP Construction Johnson & Sons Paving LLC Kesslers Diamonds KeyStone Staffing Group LLC Kowal Investment Group LLC Lange Bros. Woodwork Co., Inc. Lemberg Moore Construction Services LLC Newport Network Solutions, Inc. PaveDrain LLC Reich Tool & Design, Inc. Rocket Clicks Scathain SilentBoost Consulting Group Stowell Associates Swarming Technology TechCanary Vizance Wantable, Inc. Warehouse-Lighting COM LLC Weather Tight Corporation Wenthe-Davidson Engineering Co. Wisconsin International Academy, Inc. Z.T. Distribution, Inc.

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President/CEO Brian Polster Abby Binder Steven Tipton Matthew Carroll Mark Andersen Matthew Mehring Eric Weishaar Marc Case James Tarantino Pat McQuillan Gregg Brunclik Brody Coates Stacy Peterson S.R. Mills Jacqueline Moore Thomas Duffey James Hunter Kirk Kapfhammer David Wierdsma Dick Magliocco Jim Pekar Jeff Peterson Michael Floyd Henry Hurt Andy Gallion Lola Tegeder James Phelps Jason Johnson Richard Kessler Bob Rowe Jeffrey Kowal Lori Poull David Washebek Mike Moore Jason Berthelsen Douglas Buch Fritz Reich Tyler Dolph John McWilliam James Emling Chip Measells Ian Baxter Reid Holzworth Jeffrey Cardenas Jalem Getz James Abraham Tod Colbert Frederick Anderson Jian Sun Scot Trojanowski

Main Product Year Founded Interior design and build services 2007 Remodeling contractor 2010 Non-emergency medical & paratransit services 2001 Chauffeured ground transportation 2008 Caterer 1929 Design/build firm 1959 Landscape design construction & maintenance 2009 Outsourced solution for sales process management 2010 Operator of senior lifestyle communities 1991 Distiller of craft liquors 2014 Production sound, lighting, video & staging 1976 Electrical contractor 2009 Raw material manufacturer, distributor and packager 2007 Builder/renovator of multifamily facilities 1991 Cross-cultural marketing and advertising 1995 Digital marketing agency 2014 Producer of insect traps 2010 Environmental/engineering professionals 2008 Online retailer of home, business & institutional furnishings 2005 Manufacturer of trade show displays 2007 Manufacturer of concentrated dairy flavors 1994 Buyer and reseller of products for online channels 2009 Architectural millwork manufacturer and contractor 1946 Electrical services 1996 Background screening agency 2002 Copiers, printers, & document management 1977 Commercial construction 2010 Asphalt & concrete construction 2014 Jeweler specializing in diamonds 1980 Talent acquisition for manufacturing & technical 2012 Financial advisors 1987 Custom architectural woodwork 1932 Electrical service, signage & construction 1928 Construction management & design/build 2007 Technology infrastructure & security 2008 Manufacturer of permeable paving surface 2008 Complex metal stamping dies 1965 Digital advertising & search marketing 2008 Custom & production furnishings and accents 2008 Advisor to tech compannies 2014 Aging care management & home care business 1983 E-commerce and web application development 2011 Insurance technology solutions 2013 Risk management, business insurance & employee benefits 1978 Online fitness & fashion retailer 2012 High efficiency LED lighting fixtures 2008 Sell, install & service exterior home products 1986 Steel fabricator of tubular products 1941 Housing & educational services for international students 2012 Dry goods distributor 1919

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4 1. Randi Becker, La Macchia Enterprises, Inc., and Yash Wadhwa, Office of the Commissioner of Railroads, State of WI 2. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett 3. Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, and Mike Kuglitsch, State of WI 4. The event attracted more than 300 attendees.

MMAC's MADISON NIGHT IN MILWAUKEE brought members together with state legislators, and administrators on March 28, 2018 at the ICC

5. Vicki Pinnow, Sarah Paque and Michael Steger, Waukesha Metal Products; and State Representative Jessie Rodriguez 6. Mark Buetow, Milwaukee Police Assoc.; Ryan Murray and Buddy Julius, The Firm Consulting LLC 7. Richard Roundtree, DSR Group; Andrew Taylor, Morgan Stanley; and James Phelps, JCP Construction >>View more MMAC event photos

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Policy Hash Events In April, Colonel Jeff Weigand, former commander of the 115th Fighter Wing, discussed heading up the Badger Air Community Council and the effort to have Wisconsin selected as the home base for the US Air Force’s new state-of-the-art fighter jet. 1. Colonel Jeff Weigand, 115th Fighter Wing In May, Dr. Darienne Driver shared her candid reflections on the successes and challenges that marked her four years as MPS Superintendent, and what the future may hold for education in Milwaukee 2. Dr. Darienne Driver, (former) MPS Superintendent In June, County Executive Chris Abele discussed his recent private investments in the TEALS Program, the MATC Adult Promise Program and how Milwaukee County can continue to be a leader in the 21st Century. 3. Paul Upchurch, VISIT Milwaukee, and County Executive Chris Abele

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River Water Partners founder, Adam Peck, shared how special attention was given to energy and water efficiency at the new office building at 1433 N. Water Street. 1. Laura Peck, Riverwater Partners, and Marsha Mathers, Laacke & Joys 2. Adam Peck, Riverwater Partners 3. Matt Mulder, Milwaukee Business Journal and Tim Moses, Johnson Controls Security Solutions


Lake Express Ferry

Attendees gathered at the Lake Express Ferry terminal to learn about the ferry’s economic impact on the region while making connections with other Milwaukee professionals. 4. Christy Schwan and Deb Smith, HUB International 5. David Johnson, ClearStep Financial; Senior Captain John Rogers, Lake Express Ferry; and Amanda Cole, First Envision Capital 6. Brandon Lemke, BConnected, and Jordon Meyer and Steve Kroll, Granular

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Once Again, American Players Theatre A true Wisconsin treasure, APT is a professional theater company located just outside Spring Green. The Wall Street Journal named APT, “The Best Classical Theater for 2017”.

Turns To Strang For Direction

APT has two theaters, the newly renovated 1089-seat outdoor amphitheater and the 201-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre. Strang is honored and proud to have collaborated with APT on the planning and design of both venues.

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The Audience Has An Immersive Experience Like No Other The Client As Co-Creator, Key Collaborator”

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1 American Players Theatre | Touchstone Theatre

Executive Viewpoint – breakfast & conversation with Dennis Kois President and CEO of Milwaukee Public Museum, Dennis Kois, shared his experience in leading the oncestruggling Milwaukee institution on the path to sustainability and innovation.

1. Dennis Kois, Milwaukee Public Museum, and Alexandra Ramsey, Engberg Anderson 2. Sarit Singhal, Superior Support Resources, and Mary Isbister, GenMet 3. Dennis Kois, Milwaukee Public Museum 4. Paul Raasch, Zilli Hospitality Group, and Robert Hartline, Xymox Technologies, Inc. 5. Bob Bingham and Susan Napholz, James Imaging Systems


Hamel Music Center | University of Wisconsin - Madison


Northern Sky Theater | Door County

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Pablo Center At the Confluence | Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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Rogahn Jones understands the impact its rates can have on our clients’ bottom line. As outside legal counsel, we have innovated our billing practices beyond the standard hourly rate. We set budgets and work with our clients to create more predictable billing.

2018 Wisconsin International Trade Conference

On May 9, MMAC’s World Trade Association (WTA) introduced conference goers to the people and resources to unlock their global potential. 1. Governor Scott Walker and James Gagne, Seko Logistics 2. Mary Lynn Murtaugh, Trade Acceptance Group, and Karen Gueldenzopf, DB Schenker 3. Gary Daggett, Euler Hermes, and Thomas Gaglione, Global Trade Finance Advisory 4. Adele Walsh, Carlos Goncalves, and Javier Gonzales, Johnson Controls 5. Mark Hogan, WEDC; Lanny Viegut, Carnivor Meat Company; Alexander Zwilgmeyer, Gehl Foods LLC; Thomas Feifar, Optimum Vehicle Logistics; and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch


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New MMAC Members March, April & May 2018

Support your fellow members by doing business together. Alliant Energy

Carlson Dash


Heintz Media Group

Robert Bartlett 4902 N. Biltmore Ln. Madison, WI 53718 (608) 458-5718 Energy/Utilities

Bryce Cox, Attorney 10411 Corporate Dr., Ste. 100 Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 (262) 857-1600 www.carlsondash.com Legal Services

Margaret Vierling, President/CEO 102 E. Keefe Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53212 (414) 312-8500 www.diversatek.com Holding Companies

Les Heintz, President/CEO 1775 Tysons Blvd., 5th Floor Tysons, VA 22102 (703) 434-3130 www.hmp-tv.com Marketing Consultants

Rachel Ansay Director of Brand Marketing & Business Development 101 E. Grand Ave., Ste. 11 Port Washington, WI 53074 (888) 262-6729 www.ansay.com Insurance Agents/Brokers

Centare Holdings

Engineered Products & Services


Chip Pieper VP Sales and Marketing 300 N. Executive Dr., Ste. 300 Brookfield, WI 53005 (262) 827-1010 www.centare.com Software Publishers & Developers

Armen Sarajian, President 4221 Courtney Rd. Franksville, WI 53126 (262) 835-0782 www.epsi.com Manufacturers

Axley Attorneys

Cleary Gull

Megan Spencer Digital Marketing Coordinator 5 Concourse Pkwy., Ste. 2150 Atlanta, GA 30328 (877) 574-5419 www.hiscox.com/small-businessinsurance Insurance

Donald Gallo N20 W22961 Watertown Rd. Waukesha, WI 53186 (262) 524-8500 www.axley.com Attorneys

Patrick Bremmer Managing Director 411 E. Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 1850 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 291-4548 www.clearygull.com Investment Banking

Ansay & Associates

Axley Attorneys - Madison Buck Sweeney, Managing Partner 2 E. Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703 www.axley.com Attorneys

Badger Liquor Co. Lindsey Pearson VP of Human Resources 1517 N. Rivercenter Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53227 (920) 923-8160 www.badgerliquor.com Distributors/Wholesalers

Brady Corporation Kate Venne Dir. of Corp. Communications 6555 W. Good Hope Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53223 (414) 358-6600 www.bradycorp.com Labels-Plastic/Metal/Foil/Etc

Capuchin Community Services Dan McKinley Capacity Building Consultant 1927 N. 4th St., c/o Develop. Office Milwaukee, WI 53212 (414) 374-8841 www.capuchincommunityservices.org

Human Services Organizations

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Corner Bakery Cafe - Pleasant Prairie Peter Dimitropoulos Owner 9250 76th St. Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 (262) 997-6251 www.cornerbakerycafe.com/ location/pleasant-prairie Caterers

David Insurance Craig Vaughn VP of Employee Benefits 1300 S. Green Bay Rd. Racine, WI 53406 (262) 636-1860 www.davidinsurance.com Insurance Agents/Brokers

DISTek Integration Benjamin Jefferson VP Business Development 280 Regency Ct., Ste. 100 Brookfield, WI 53045 (319) 859-3651 www.distek.com Engineers-Automation & Control Systems

First Envision Commercial Capital Partners Nathan Weber, President 2904 Minot Ln. Waukesha, WI 53188 (262) 993-0710 www.firstenvisioncapital.com Business Financing

FocalPoint Business Coaching of WIsconsin Jason Weseman, President 9309 N. Fairway Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53217 (414) 639-9060 www.focalpointcoaching.com Business Consultants

Fulcrum 250 East Mark Nicholson, General Manager 250 E. Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 950 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 283-9665 www.twofiftymke.com Real Estate-Commercial/Industrial

Grant & Cohodes Insurance Services Mickey Cohodes, Managing Partner 10101 W. Greenfield Ave., Ste. 120 West Allis, WI 53214 (414) 321-1715 www.grantandcohodes.com Insurance Agents/Brokers

Granular Scott Alderton, Partner 316 N. Milwaukee St., Ste. 100 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 436-2200 www.granularmarketing.com Digital Agencies

Honeywell Safety & Productivity Products Edwin Ojeda Senior Account Manager 37 Kessel Ct., Ste. 10 Madison, WI 53711 (608) 886-8403 www.honeywellaidc.com Manufacturers-Technology

Kane Communications Group Kimberly Kane, President/CEO 250 E. Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 1200 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 635-7000 www.kanecommgroup.com Public Relations Consultants

Life Storage - Glendale Jeff Pula, Brand Marketing Manager 4565 N. Green Bay Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53209 (414) 376-3388 www.lifestorage.com Storage - Self

Life Storage - Milwaukee Jeff Pula, Brand Marketing Manager 420 W. St. Paul Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203 (414) 765-2827 www.lifestorage.com Self Storage

Mathison Manufacturing Al Leidinger, President W246 S3245 Industrial Ln. Waukesha, WI 53189 (262) 542-7296 www.mathisonmfg.com Manufacturers

www.mmac.org/directory.html Mid-States Concrete Industries Jeremy Olivotti VP of Preconstruction P.O. Box 58 Beloit, WI 53512 (800) 236-1072 www.msprecast.com Real Estate

Mike Bafus State Farm Mike Bafus, Owner 1126 S. 70th St., Ste. 120 West Allis, WI 53214 (414) 546-2828 www.insurancemke.com Insurance

Milwaukee Composites Jeffrey Kober, President 6055 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Cudahy, WI 53110 (414) 571-2788 www.milwaukeecomposites.com Manufacturers-Technology

O’Reilly Motor Cars Mike Loos, President 324 W. Cherry St. Milwaukee, WI 53212 (414) 273-1000 www.oreillymotorcars.com Automobile Repairing/Service

Pediatric Home Service Joe Dietlin, Chief Strategy Officer 2800 Cleveland Ave. North Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 642-1825 www.pediatrichomeservice.com Home Health Care Services

Penta Technologies Karl Koenig, CEO 250 S. Executive Dr., Ste. 201 Brookfield, WI 53005 (262) 782-7700 www.penta.com Software Publishers & Developers

Reed Street Insurance James Pogorelc, President 414 S. 2nd St. Milwaukee, WI 53204 (414) 277-0414 www.reedstreetins.com Insurance

RoadRunner Transportation Services, Inc. Michelle Balsimo Senior Executive Admin. Assistant 4900 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Cudahy, WI 53110 (414) 615-1500 www.rrts.com Logistics/Transportation

Specialty Tapes Armen Sarajian, President 4221 Courtney Rd. Franksville, WI 53126 (262) 835-0748 www.specialtytapes.net Manufacturers

Pay less, offer more, while avoiding administrative hassles. Want to lower your


give up the paperwork & offer additional benefits like dental and vision?

Tandem HR Ryan Wiesbrock, Marketing Specialist 309 N. Water St. Milwaukee, WI 53202 (630) 468-9269 www.tandemhr.com Human Resource Consultants

Titus Talent Strategies Andy Campbell Director of Client Services N49 W17345 Sheffield Ln. Menomonee Falls, WI 53202 (262) 622-3973 www.titustalent.com Human Resource Consultants

Triple Win Strategies Tim Raupp, Managing Partner 2480 Security Dr. Oshkosh, WI 54904 (920) 203-0874 www.Triplewinst.com Business Consultants

ULT Limited Liability Co. Wolfgang Kohler, CEO 6000 W. Executive Dr., Ste. K Mequon, WI 53092 (414) 377-1376 www.ult-usa.com Manufacturers

WurkHub Digital Marketing Mary Jane Sanchez, CEO/President 270 W. Broadway, Ste. 5 Waukesha, WI 53186 (262) 207-4828 www.wurkhub.com Marketing Consultants

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Contact our team for information and ways to engage in your chamber. ADVERTISING & M7 INVESTING Jim Wall 414/287-4119 jwall@mmac.org BUSINESS EDUCATION TOURS/ FUTURE 50 AWARDS PROGRAM Alexis Deblitz 414/287-4131 adeblitz@mmac.org COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING Julie Granger 414/287-4131 jgranger@mmac.org ECONOMIC TRENDS & RESEARCH Bret Mayborne 414/287-4122 bmayborne@mmac.org ETHNICALLY DIVERSE BUSINESSES Marjorie Rucker 414/287-4172 mrucker@mmac.org EVENTS & SPONSORSHIPS Karen Powell 414/287-4166 kpowell@mmac.org EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLES Whitney Maus 414/287-4130 wmaus@mmac.org EXPORT DEVELOPMENT Chad Hoffman 414/287-4156 choffman@mke7.com FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT Steve Baas 414/287-4138 sbaas@mmac.org

FOOD & BEVERAGE INDUSTRY (FAB) Shelley Jurewicz 414/287-4143 sjurewicz@fabwisconsin.com

INTERNATIONAL TRADE Katie Henry 414/287-4123 khenry@mmac.org LEAD GENERATION GROUPS & MEMBER ENGAGEMENT Jen Sturchio 414/287-4165 jsturchio@mmac.org MEMBERSHIP Barb Smith 414/287-4173 bsmith@mmac.org Jane Backes 414/287-4114 jbackes@mmac.org SMALL BUSINESS Stephanie Hall 414/287-4124 shall@mmac.org TALENT INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS Susan Koehn 414/287-4136 skoehn@mke7.com WEBSITES Carrie Gossett 414/287-4157 cgossett@mmac.org YOUNG PROFESSIONALS Corry Joe Biddle 414/287-4137 cbiddle@mmac.org

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