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Contents The RAMAC Voice Fall 2018 President's Message ����������������������������������������������������4 RAMAC Board of Directors������������������������������������������7 Welcome New RAMAC Members������������������������������10 Ribbon Cuttings����������������������������������������������������������18 Twin Disc - 100 Years of Making the World Better ��20 RUSD - New Leadership at the Helm������������������������25 Mike Batten Memorial Golf Outing ��������������������������28 RAMAC Opportunities & Events��������������������������������32 Are You Ready for the Foxconn Factor?��������������������34 RAMAC Business Blenders��������������������������������������������36 Business Focus - Integrated Risk Solutions ��������������39

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President's Message

Where did the summer go? There are so many great things happening in our community; it’s hard to keep up! We had our popular Business Blenders at Community State Bank, Twenty Twenty Family Vision Center, and right here at RAMAC with a block party. This quarter, we also facilitated ribbon cuttings at Parkview Gardens, Town Bank, Johnson Insurance, Dreamcatchers Photography, Premier Products, Aponi Salon, Bryant & Stratton College, and Good Value Pharmacy. On July 30, we held the 4th Annual Mike Batten Memorial Golf Outing. For the second year in a row, we sold out at 144 golfers with even more guests for dinner. The weather was spectacular; the golf was great; and the camaraderie amongst all was priceless. This was also a special event because we celebrated Twin Disc’s 100th Anniversary. The following day, at their corporate headquarters, they held an impressive ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Heritage Gallery.

Besides staying busy with these events, I traveled to Dearborn, Michigan for a conference with Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) as part of RAMAC’s commitment to our schools. With the great work being done at RUSD through the Academies of Racine, it was important to attend this conference to be able to see what other communities are doing. We were able to interact with many of these communities and have a dialogue about the success of their work and efforts. I was surprised to learn that many communities lack the support of their businesses. As you can imagine, I fielded many questions regarding the support RAMAC and our businesses are giving to RUSD. Some attendees saw Racine as 3 to 5 years ahead of where communities normally are in this transformational process. That is attributed to the leadership team at RUSD, led by Dr. Gallien. Then in August, the steering committee for the Academies of Racine held an all-day retreat at Gateway Technical College. The retreat was geared around the work we will be doing this upcoming school year, which includes the Youth Apprenticeship Program. Representatives from Ford NGL were in attendance to offer their guidance in this very important work. 44

Speaking of transformation, the Foxconn groundbreaking at the end of June was attended by President Trump, House Speaker Ryan, Governor Walker, and Foxconn executives. Our community begins its historic transformation with that groundbreaking event. Then in July many leaders in our community had the opportunity to meet with a team from Reno, Nevada. This was significant because they shared what they went through when Tesla decided to build their facility in the Reno area. Sharing their experiences will help us to prepare for all that is happening with Foxconn. They touched on topics like the importance of having sufficient housing, a ready workforce, and not forgetting our legacy companies that already call Racine home. We all need to embrace the journey we are on. The leadership from our communities has never been more important. Finally, I want to thank all of you for your continued support and participation in RAMAC events and encourage you to like us on Facebook at Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at 262-634-1931 or mjmontemurro@racinechamber. com.

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RAMAC is Racine’s Business Champion, serving as a voice representing the common interests of every organization in Racine—small and large, industrial and retail, for-profit and nonprofit. In support of its broad and diverse membership base, RAMAC offers a variety of pro-business and pro-community programs and initiatives. These programs aim to improve the business climate and vitality of the greater Racine area. Join us in welcoming these new RAMAC members: Airgas USA, LLC 5120 68th Avenue Kenosha, WI 53144 Richard Allen - Manager 262.654.3599 airgas.com An Air Liquide company, Airgas is the nation's leading single-source supplier of gases, welding equipment and supplies, and safety products. Aponi Salon 1300 S. Green Bay Road Racine, WI 53406 Renne Wendt - Owner/Operator 262.822.0420 aponisalon.com Specialize in salon and spa services for men and women, including facials, makeup, and waxing.

David W Pucci Agency Inc. 926 High Street Racine, WI 53402 Sandra Pucci - Sales Unit Manager 262.633.4701 agent.amfam.com/dave-pucci/wi/racine/926-highst/ As your American Family Insurance agency, we offer dependable auto, home, business, health and life insurance as well as other insurance products. We take pride in being your RISK managers!!

BConnected, LLC 234 W. Florida Street Suite 312 Milwaukee, WI 53204 Ryan Thompson - Business Development Lead 414.418.3391 BConnectedllc.com BConnected, LLC is a team of thinkers & problem solvers dedicated to helping you manage your social media presence on a daily basis. Creative, Analytical, Talent Driven. Culvers 722 South Sylvania Avenue Sturtevant, WI 53177 Alisa Hogard - General Manager 262.884.1112 culvers.com Culvers is a privately owned and operated casual, fast food restaurant chain. It is locally owned and has been a part of Racine since 1997.


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First Supply LLC 5626 21st Street Racine, WI 53405 Jerad Matkus - Branch Supervisor 262.564.8931 1supply.com Plumbing & HVAC wholesale distribution Good Value Pharmacy 5220 Washington Avenue Racine, WI 53406 Brian Bock - Pharmacist 262.632.6561 goodvaluerx.com As a locally owned and family-operated pharmacy, we are proud to offer excellent service with a personal touch. Our staff and pharmacists know that nothing is more important than your family's well being. Greenfire Management Services, LLC 3215 West State Street Suite 200 Milwaukee, WI 53208 Kip Ritchie - President 414.290.9400 greenfire.com A construction management firm founded in 2010, located in Milwaukee, WI. Greenfire is a subsidiary company of the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation. Innotec of Wisconsin 4145 Courtney Road Suite 1 Franskville, WI 53126 Shannyn Franklin - Manager 800.776.7194 innotape.com Woman owned & operated converter distributor of premium specialty & pressure sensitive tapes. We are committed to the acquisition of the highest quality tapes to meet tomorrow’s technological demands.

Insperity 10361 Innovation Drive Wauwatosa, WI 53226 Pat Carrick - Account Executive 414.999.3574 insperity.com Provide human resource and administrative services to small and medium-sized businesses. Integrated Risk Solutions, Inc. 2120 Pewaukee Road Suite 202 Waukesha, WI 53188 Mike Peden - Account Executive 262.523.9600 intrisksolutions.com Commercial insurance broker that transforms the traditional insurance procurement process (P&C as well as Employee Benefits) into a comprehensive plan for our clients.

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Medical Support Services 1320 S. Green Bay Road Racine, WI 53406 Linda Niemela - Clinic Owner 262.886.3431 msstherapy.net We provide comprehensive one-on-one therapeutic services to infants, children, adolescents, and young adults up to age 21 who have developmental delays and/or other diagnosed conditions. Milwaukee Admirals Hockey Club 400 W Kilbourn Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53203 John Bitter - VP of Ticket Sales 414.227.0550 milwaukeeadmirals.com The Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL are the top farm team for the NHL's Nashville Predators. Home games are packed with entertainment on and off the ice. Major league fun at minor league prices!

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Motor Specialty, Inc 2801 Lathrop Avenue Racine, WI 53405 Robert Niemiec - Manager 262.632.2794 motorspecialty.com Family owned electric motor manufacturer Mueller Qaas N19W24400 Riverwood Drive #100 Waukesha, WI 53188 Erin Unterweger - Consultant 262.696.3680 myqaas.com Mueller QAAS (pronounced Miller-CAUSE) takes its name from its founder, Jim Mueller, and his cause in life: providing healthcare benefit solutions focused on Quality, Affordability, Accessibility. Omega Tool Inc. N93 W14430 Whittaker Way Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 John Weber 262.255.0205 omega-tool.com Design, build, & maintain high tolerance plastic injection molds. Our Harmony Club 2401 90th Street Sturtevant, WI 53177 Christine Scott - Assistant Director 262.221.7654 ourharmonyclub.org Wisconsin's only social day program for seniors with age-related afflictions. Our 6 hours of affordable club care give a caregiver some time to rest and refuel. Pruitt Law Offices 731 Main Street Racine, WI 53403 James Pruitt - Lead Attorney 262.633.8301 pruittlawoffices.com Pruitt Law Offices provides transactional legal service including estate planning, real estate, elder law, probate, gaurdianship, corporate, traffic and family law including mediation services. 14

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Racine Brewing Co. 303 Main Street Racine, WI 53403 Andy Molina - Owner/Operator 262.631.0670 racinebrewingcompany.com Local, hometown family owned and operated brewery. Racine Friendship Clubhouse 2000 17th Street Racine, WI 53403 Lynelle Saunders - Executive Director 262.636.9393 racineclubhouse.org Empowering adults living with mental illness in the Racine community for over 20 years. Provide social support and self-directed programming that helps our members achieve their social, educational, and vocational goals.

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Sunbelt Rentals 3485 S. 27th Street Franksville, WI 53126 Bryan Anderson – Branch Manager 262.824.2001 sunbeltrentals.com One of the largest equipment rental companies in North America. They successfully serve a variety of customers in the commercial,residential, industrial, municipal, & special service industries.

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Strang, Inc. W238 N1610 Busse Road Suite 101 Waukesha, WI 53188 Randy Banks - Vice President, Marketing + Client Care 262.875.6760 strang-inc.com Strang is a national award winning architectural, engineering, and commercial interior design firm with offices in Waukesha and Madison.


The Center 1509 Rapids Drive Suite 100 Racine, WI 53404 Chris Becker - Owner/Operator 262.416.1105 thecenterracine.com 322,000 square feet of commercial office, industrial, warehouse property for lease. Torcom Construction 6438 Spring Street Racine, WI 53403 Jose Torano - Project Coordinator 602.368.4602 torcom.net Specializing in retail build out spaces, general contracting and institutional contracting work.

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Visioning A Greater Racine 201 Sixth Street Suite 310 Racine, WI 53403 Joan Roehre - Executive Director 262.939.5813 visioningagreaterracine.org VGR is a nonprofit, grassroots organization led by a group of passionate community members, working to make Greater Racine a thriving community we are all proud to call home. Volunteer Center of Racine, Inc. 6216 Washington Avenue Suite G Racine, WI 53406 Michelle Ortwein - Executive Director 262.886.9612 volunteerracine.org A nonprofit organization that serves as a leader, catalyst, connector and advocate for effective volunteerism in Racine County.

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Development 2601 Crossroads Drive Suite 145 Madison, WI 53178 Jim Sullivan - Director 877.856.8588 wmep.org Private nonprofit management consulting firm for manufacturers. Women's Resource Center of Racine Racine, WI Lyn Hildenbrand - Executive Director 262.633.3274 racinewrc.org An emergency shelter and crisis line for victims of domestic abuse and their families. We are able to provide permanent housing, support groups, holistic healing services, & legal advocacy.



Ribbon Cuttings

On May 11, Parkview Gardens Senior Living Community celebrated an expansion with a ribbon cutting. Town Bank celebrated the opening of their new location on Washington Avenue with a ribbon cutting and community cookout on May 18.

Johnson Financial Group had an open house with a ribbon cutting on June 14 for their new location of the Johnson Insurance building on Washington Avenue. They recognized the building owner, acknowledged the construction company, and welcomed dignitaries and other stakeholders.

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A new photographer is in town! Dreamcatchers Photography Studio celebrated their opening on June 18.

On July 26, Bryant & Stratton College celebrated the opening of their Racine Campus.

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Twin Disc - 100 Years of Making the World Work Better

Twin Disc designs, manufactures and sells marine and heavy-duty, off-highway power transmission equipment. Twin Disc started in September 1918 with the introduction of the “twin disc” farm tractor clutch. The company has grown from humble roots in Racine, Wisconsin, to a global manufacturer and distributor of power transmission equipment. Twin Disc designs, manufactures and sells marine and heavy-duty, offhighway power transmission equipment. Products offered include: marine “This anniversary is a transmissions, surface chance for us to reflect drives, propellers and boat on the inventiveness management systems, as well of the company’s as power-shift transmissions, founders and my hydraulic torque converters, predecessors . . . “It’s power take-offs, industrial also an opportunity clutches and control for us to express our systems. The company sells appreciation for our its products to customers employees, customers, primarily in the pleasure and the communities craft, commercial and military we work and live in.” marine markets, as well as in the energy and natural John H. Batten, resources, government President and CEO of and industrial markets. It’s Twin Disc worldwide sales to both domestic and foreign customers are transacted through a direct sales force and a distributor network.

Fewer than one half of one percent of companies reach 100 years in business, and yet, it is not so uncommon in Racine to achieve this honor. The three companies involved in the creation of Twin Disc – JI Case, Modine Manufacturing Company and SC Johnson – all achieved this milestone and are thriving today. Henry Wallis, Arthur Modine and S.C. Johnson were all instrumental in helping Twin Disc’s founding fathers, P.H. Batten and Thomas Fawick achieve their vision of a company and product that could make the world work better, and ultimately “put horsepower to work.” If there is a moment or time that defines the very backbone of Twin Disc throughout its 100-year history, it would be the lead into World War II. The company was asked to design a marine transmission for the Higgins Landing Craft that would be used throughout the South Pacific and in the D-Day invasion. It only had to last 50 hours and reverse was not needed because they would only be going one way. Twin Disc’s engineers, some of whom were veterans of World War I, would not accept a vessel that would deliver our troops into battle and not bring them home safely. Nor would they accept 50 hours of life. More than 40,000 LCVP’s served our troops during the war, and most did not come back. They were either destroyed in conflict or left in theatre, eventually to become fishing boats, work boats, water taxis, etc. Now, the little company from Racine, known for providing the original “twin disc” clutch to Midwest produced farm tractors, construction equipment and fishing boats, had customers around the world, introducing us to lifelong partners in Europe, Asia and Australia.

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The next 100 years While Twin Disc’s history is storied, the company is on the right path to start the next 100 years: confident in its ability, celebrating its past, but not resting on its laurels. To that end, in July, Twin acquired Veth Propulsion, a global supplier of main and auxiliary marine propulsion products. “As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, I am excited to announce the accretive acquisition of Veth Propulsion,” said John H. Batten, President and CEO of Twin Disc. “Veth Propulsion strategically expands our global market opportunity, increases our size, scale, and scope within the marine industry, and diversifies our end-market penetration. This is part of our continual strategy to diversify our geographies, markets, and products.”

For over 65 years, Veth Propulsion has provided the global marine industry with innovative and leading propulsion and power control products and associated services. Headquartered in Papendrecht, Netherlands Veth Propulsion is a customer-oriented manufacturer of azimuth rudder propellers, thrusters and generator sets, and is a supplier and repairer of diesel engines. In December 2015, Veth Propulsion selected Twin Disc as its distributor for select Asian markets. This unique relationship expanded with a North American distribution partnership in 2016. “Twin Disc has worked with Veth Propulsion for over two years and the companies share similar cultures based on providing customers with highquality products and leading design, engineering, and manufacturing services,” Batten continued.

Twin Disc provides products for a variety of land-based applications. From road pavers to cranes, mining trucks to logging equipment, airport firefighting vehicles to agricultural machinery, its products put horsepower to work.

Twin Disc’s Quick Shift uses patented internal clutch technology to deliver cushioned torque and optimum power in milliseconds, whether you nudge the throttle or go full out.

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Robust employment in Racine Twin Disc continues to be a major employer in Racine. The company is currently in the throes of an aggressive recruitment program to qualified applicants experienced in a variety of manufacturing, engineering and operations roles. From design engineers and CNC machinists to supply chain experts and first line supervisors, Twin Disc has opportunities for a variety of positions. On August 20, 2018, Twin Disc launched an inhouse training program, in conjunction with Gateway Technical College, to provide employees with the necessary skills needed to be successful in 21st century manufacturing. The program will provide training to internal CNC Machinists and Transmission Technicians. Phase l will include classes in blueprint reading, gauging, inspection procedures, applied mathematics. CNC Machinists trainees will receive hands on machining training specific to Twin Disc while Transmission Technician will receive a class in torqueing. As employees progress through the program, they will receive classes in GD&T (advanced blue print reading) and trigonometry.

Twin Disc’s team is growing in Racine. From design engineers and CNC machinists to supply chain experts and first line supervisors, the company has opportunities for a variety of positions.

A century of thanks “Many of you know much of our story and the exceptional people who made it happen,” said Batten. “It would be an impossible task to acknowledge all of the people who were so important to our company. We are humbled by the dedication of each of our employees, distributors, vendors and community partners, and appreciate the critical role that each has played in the overwhelming success of Twin Disc.” Founding member of RAMAC since 1982.



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RUSD: New Leadership at the Helm Dr. Gallien is ready to take RUSD to the next level. By: RUSD Communications Department

Dr. Eric Gallien sits at his desk in his new office as the new Superintendent of Racine Unified School District. While he officially took the helm this summer, he is not new to RUSD. In 2013 he joined the leadership team, one of previous Superintendent Dr. Lolli Haws’ first hires. Over the next five years, Haws and Gallien worked tirelessly together to lead large-scale transformational efforts across the District. During this time, Gallien moved to Racine and got to know the community, RUSD employees, students and families. As he begins his sixth school year, Gallien will continue the District’s momentum toward continuous improvement. Dr. Eric Gallien chats with students at Julian Thomas Elementary School this spring.

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Relationships key to moving District forward “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as RUSD’s superintendent,” said Dr. Gallien. “I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished under Dr. Haws’ leadership these past five years, and I’m eager to keep our momentum moving forward. We have already made so much progress, and we’re poised to continue raising the bar.” Dr. Gallien believes the key to taking RUSD to the next level is strong relationships. To that end, he is committed to building collaborative partnerships within RUSD as well as in the community. “Essential to our ability to keep RUSD moving forward are strong relationships with our employees, our families and our community partners,” says Gallien. “The Academies of Racine are thriving thanks to the more than 100 partner organizations that have stepped up to help us re-think how we educate and prepare our high school students for the future. We could not have done it alone.” What’s next for RUSD? This fall, RUSD will officially launch its middle school transformation effort, focused on providing families more choices for their children in grades 6-8. The changes include a new Gilmore Fine Arts school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade, an expanded Walden III at the former McKinley School

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building and a new Starbuck Middle International Baccalaureate School. “We are focused on ensuring our middle school changes are implemented effectively,” explains Gallien. “The next step will be for us to review our elementary schools and consider what needs they have in the long term.” With Foxconn coming to Racine, RUSD is reviewing data, studying potential impacts and developing a long-term plan for providing excellent public education opportunities into the future. Change is on the horizon and never before has the success of Racine’s public schools been as important as it is now in Racine County. “I’m ready for the challenge,” says Gallien. “We are already moving forward. We are working together, and I know that we are going to Raise Racine together and ensure our students graduate ready for college and the jobs right here in our community.” RAMAC member since 2018

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Linking Adults with Disabilities, Older Adults and Caregivers with Services The ADRC serves Racine County with free confidential information and assistance about community resources for seniors, caregivers and adults living with disabilities. The ADRC offers home visits along with caregiving resources and support. To find out about any of our services, please contact the ADRC at 262-833-8777. www.adrc.racinecounty.com

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MARKETING Marketing Breakfasts BREAKFAST 7:30am – 9:00am first Friday of every-other-month October 5, 2018 – topic TBD, Roma Lodge December 7, 2018 – Market Research, Roma Lodge

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Business Blenders 5:00pm – 7:00pm each hosted by a different RAMAC member September – Twin Disc October – Town Bank December – Meadowbrook Country Club

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New Member Orientation 7:30am – 9:00am at RAMAC For new members or your new employees to learn about RAMAC and how to be engaged. October 23, 2018 *NEW – Revamped! Frontline Leadership Certificate Series We revamped our supervision training curriculum in partnership with MRA. The NEW series is 5 modules each 2 weeks long. Take modules as a stand-alone class or sign up for the full series. The series will be offered starting each fall and spring. 7:30am – 11:00am, Wednesdays September 12 & 19, 2018 – Motivation & Trust Building October 3 & 10, 2018 – Communication Skills October 24 & 31, 2018 – Effective Training Techniques November 14 & 28, 2018 – Resolving Conflict & Handling Difficult People December 12 & 19, 2018 – Excelling as a Frontline Leader

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Are You Ready for the Foxconn Factor?

Karla Krehbiel, Regional President for Johnson Financial Group—Southeast, and Brian Andrew, Chief Investment Officer for Johnson Financial Group, were interviewed for the following article. Johnson Financial Group is a privately held, full service financial services company based in Racine. Residents and business owners in Southeastern Wisconsin, and specifically Racine/Kenosha communities, are well aware of the recent burst of economic development in our region. Amazon. Uline. Haribo. And, Foxconn Technology Group – the largest project by far. The potential, and the statistics, for the massive Foxconn development in Mount Pleasant are dizzying. The state of Wisconsin and local municipalities offered more than $3 billion in incentives. Various impact studies estimate that Foxconn’s $10 billion investment over 15 years has the potential for 13,000 direct jobs with average annual total compensation of $53,000; perhaps 35,000 total jobs when considering related impact; more than $100 million per year in state and local taxes; and an average of $3.4 billion in additional gross domestic product. But that’s the big picture. What does Foxconn’s entry to the Wisconsin landscape mean for local businesses, for your business? Perhaps more than you would think.


Karla Krehbiel and Brian Andrew leaving the Johnson Building in downtown Racine.

Here are some scenarios to consider. Jobs and hiring – How many of those new jobs will go to outsiders as opposed to workers who currently live in the Racine area? If you want local residents to land those new jobs, it will be important to make sure potential employees have the education, skills and training needed to qualify. As a business owner, you’ll also want to focus on retaining your valued employees, not only to maintain your operation, but to be in position to grow as the local economy – and resulting opportunities – expand. Many companies skimp on training and development because of the cost, but with unemployment already at historic lows, you’ll need to invest in your employees to remain competitive. Area educational institutions, such as the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Gateway Technical College and Carthage College are poised for the coming demand. They are ready to help businesses attract top talent as well as ramp up training for current employees seeking additional skills suited to evolving technology. Business owners also can reach out to area high schools that offer classes for students interested in technical training that can lead to apprenticeships or other job programs. Managing growth – Businesses that have an expansion plan in place will be ahead of the game as Foxconn and other economic development takes shape. It will be critical to scale your business accordingly. Expansion – hiring additional employees, enlarging your office or manufacturing space and providing training or additional benefits for your employees – is expensive. Managing your cash flow and rate of growth is critical

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to success over time. Foxconn is projected to build out over 15 years; your growth should be measured as well. Community impact and public policy – Massive economic development, even when managed over time, has significant impact on all aspects of community life. It provides tremendous opportunities such as jobs, new businesses and higher wages but has the potential to strain community resources. Our area will need more housing, but what type? Millennials, those most likely to be attracted to and qualified for many of the new jobs, tend to prefer renting to buying a home. They want to live downtown rather than in the suburbs. They value working remotely, on varied schedules, if their jobs permit. And they like to eat out or order takeout rather than stay in and cook. In many ways, they are vastly different from their Baby Boomer and Gen X colleagues. Millennials’ impact on future growth will be vast as well. In short, your community is changing significantly with Foxconn in the picture, and that will affect housing, retail, entertainment, manufacturing and virtually every other area business, including your own. Join the conversation, voice your opinion, and tap into the knowledge and expertise of your trusted partners – your banker, your attorney, your CPA, and your local chamber (RAMAC) and economic development corporation (RCEDC). These partners can help you, your neighbors and your business community get to know Foxconn and how it can contribute to the local economy. They will stand with you as you help shape your business’s future as well as that of the surrounding community.

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Business Focus

Overview: Integrated Risk Solutions is an independent insurance and risk management firm that provides businesses with property & casualty and employee benefit solutions. While insurance is one of our “products”, we feel we are in the “Risk” business as we advise our clients on a wide variety of exposures that impact their profitability…whether insurable or not. Our dedicated and experienced team of specialists works side-by-side with each client to develop an innovative, comprehensive insurance program that reduces the overall cost of risk. What sets you apart? Relationships drive our business. Our team serves as an extension of our clients’ teams to provide advice, resources, information, and solutions. Our service platform is rooted in the “relationship triangle,” connecting our clients, the insurance company, and us - the insurance agent. We ensure all parties work together to achieve best-in-class asset protection, improved safety and wellness culture, and best possible claim outcomes. We are proud of the knowledge and experience of our staff and our agency’s diverse involvement with relevant local organizations, including: Wisconsin Motor Carriers (board membership), PMSMCA, and the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council. We started a non-profit organization called Wisconsin Employers for Equitable Workers Compensation (WEEWC) with a mission to educate Wisconsin employers on emerging issues in worker’s compensation and empower them to get involved in the legislative process. What types of clients are you targeting in the coming year? We seek “right fit” clients who are driven to implement creative strategies to reduce cost and who recognize the value of doing so. Our targeted business sectors include construction, transportation, manufacturing, public entities, healthcare, hospitality, and non-profits. Our typical clients have needs associated with some or all of the following: safety, compliance, multi-locations/jurisdictions, international operations/travel, etc. What is spurring/enabling your growth? As Wisconsin’s economy grows and expands, competition

Integrated Risk Solutions 2120 Pewaukee Road, Suite 202 Waukesha, WI 53188 www.intrisksolutions.com Industry: Commercial Insurance and Risk Management Employees: 3 5 RAMAC member since: 2018 Contact: Pete Aisbet, Executive Vice President paisbet@intrisksolutions.com 262.523.9600 Best quote or advice: Our tagline is Protecting People Is Our Passion. The best advice we give is to protect and retain the people that make you successful by providing a safe and healthy work place. among employers increases. This is when our team really shines. We are prepared to think outside the box and offer cutting-edge solutions that help to reduce the cost of risk, attract and retain employees, improve safety and compliance, and improve operating efficiencies. Also, we’re passionate about creating game-changing new approaches to medical care that improve corporate culture and reduce cost. Why is Racine a good place to do business? Racine is a community rich in manufacturing tradition that is poised to grow exponentially in the coming years in all business sectors. As an organization, we have partnered with some of Wisconsin’s largest and fastest growing companies by helping to effectively manage the risks associated with expansion (geographic, sales, head counts, etc.). We look forward to doing the same for RAMAC members! How does RAMAC membership help? As a RAMAC member, we look to partner with Racine’s finest organizations, both as clients and as business partners. We will find ways to bring value to members by providing resources, education, and leadership in the area of risk management. We look forward to networking with RAMAC members and building mutually beneficial relationships!







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