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Spring 2020

Your quarterly business magazine 100 Years – 3 Generations of Rosenbergs 1

Providing Family Vision Care in RacineYEARS 1920 - 2020






Dr. Louis Rosenberg (1920-1960)

Dr. Roger Rosenberg (1959-2003)

Dr. Dean Rosenberg (1987-Present)


The RAMAC Voice, Spring 2020

Contents The RAMAC Voice Spring 2020 President's Message ����������������������������������������������������4 RAMAC Business Blender ��������������������������������������������6 RAMAC Board����������������������������������������������������������������6 Welcome New Members����������������������������������������������8 Anniversaries��������������������������������������������������������������13 Ribbon Cuttings����������������������������������������������������������15 Racine Optical Company at 100 ��������������������������������16 Community State Bank: All About Community��������18 RAMAC Training and Programs����������������������������������21 Express Employment: Pros Recruiting Pros��������������23 RAMAC Business Blender������������������������������������������27 Leadercast Women 3-Part Series������������������������������28 Business Focus – Racine Masonic Center ����������������30

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President's Message

RAMAC is off to a fast start in 2020. One of our main priorities over the next 18-24 months is the development of a deeper and wider workforce to meet the expected needs of the next five years. As you read this, Gretchen Herrmann, Program Coordinator at RAMAC, has just returned from Washington DC. There, she and her colleagues from Racine County, Tim Mason, Ed Kamin, and Melvin Hargrove, began their training in implementing Talent Pipeline Management. This program, TPM, is a business-led method to help increase and manage a workforce pipeline to help businesses meet the demands of increasing and rapid job growth expected over the next several years, specifically in six job categories— Service, Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Rehabilitation and Health Care, and Trades, as well as across-the-board Supervisory positions. Tim has been named the manager of the entire project and will be focused on opening business doors and inviting businesses to join in the process. Gretchen will work with businesses and education partners to articulate basic training requirements and expectations, while Ed and Melvin will work on finding the workforce. A strategic alignment between classroom and career.

Today, 50% of open, available positions in this country go unfilled because the candidates aren’t available. Traditional education and career pathways weren't designed to develop skills for a fast-changing market or to match the speed of changing industry requirements. Today's economy requires a strategy that connects workers to the jobs employers are trying to fill. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative is a workforce strategy for our time that can meet the needs of today’s changing business environment. This approach • prioritizes alignment between education and workforce systems • creates shared value for students and workers, education and training providers, and employers • shifts employers into the driver's seat to proactively lead partnerships with talent providers • equips business with the practical tools necessary to build an effective talent supply chain • provides a systematic framework flexible enough to be pursued as its own initiative or to enhance the employer role in an existing initiative. Source: US Chamber of Commerce 44

TPM was introduced via the U.S. Chamber of Commerce around 2010 and is used in unique ways in nearly 30 states across the nation. In Wisconsin the Milwaukee 7 and Waukesha County are using the methodology to prepare as the demand for a skilled workforce increases. Gretchen and Tim have already been in contact with the Waukesha Area Business Alliance to learn how they’re gaining traction via the emphasis on education – reaching all the way to middle schools and lower. Ed and Melvin will continue to match students to education and graduates toward businesses. In Racine, we will be focusing on the six STARTS industries (Service, Technology, Advanced Manufacturing and Production, Rehabilitation and Health Care, Trades, and Supervision) outlined by Racine County at their Community Talent gathering in October. We will start by building some industry collaboratives to identify and prioritize skills and experiences they all seek, and then use the exceptional area educational and job training organizations to which we already have access, to start feeding the talent pipeline we need now. All sides benefit in the process. Business defines success and will get larger pools of specifically trained candidates to fill more and more positions. Institutes of learning know exactly what needs to be included in curriculum and are recognized by business and graduates as the place to go for a better chance for employment. Finally, our workforce benefits by better access to quality education and quality jobs. They can enter, re-enter, or move up the job ladder confident that the skills they acquire are valued and equip them for success. Details may change as the TPM Team learns more, but the fundamentals will likely not change. Be on the lookout for Tim’s call to participate. It may require a little of your time, and that of your HR Director, but the investment will be well worth the payout in a skilled and plentiful workforce. Thank you, as always, for your continued support and participation in RAMAC events, and I encourage you to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at 262.634.1931 or at mjmontemurro@ racinechamber.com.

Sincerely, Matt J. Montemurro RAMAC President

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Business Blenders The December Business Blender was hosted by The Covenant at Murray Mansion. With the beautiful, holiday-decorated backdrop in this historical home, this unique event space was a perfect way to finish out our 2019 events.

RAMAC Board of Directors Mark Behrens - Johnson Bank Patrick Booth - CCB Technology Ryan Brath - Fischer USA Nate Burgers - CNH Industrial Dominic Cariello - All Integrated Solutions, Chair Torben Christensen - Wiscon Products Carol DiRaimondo-Decker - Ascension Wisconsin Medical Group Rob Ducoffe – UW-Parkside Randy Ekern - InSinkErator Judy Melaro Gavigan - Network Health David Habrat - Wisconn Valley Media Group Scott Hess - CliftonLarsonAllen Jeff Knutson - Burlington Graphic Systems Jim Ladwig - SC Johnson Steve Langer - Modine Manufacturing Jody Muniz - Nutritional Designs, LLC Doug Nicholson - The Nicholsworth Group Dean Popek - Racine Metal Fab Liz Powell - Racine Community Foundation


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Invest in Your Future Workforce by partnering with the Academies of Racine

The long-term success of your company depends on your ability to prepare for the future. In Racine, this means providing local students with practical, hands-on experiences through the Academies of Racine. Get involved today by helping students explore career interests and acquire life skills that prepare them to be skilled and productive employees and successful leaders for the workplace of tomorrow! 7 Learn how you can get involved: www.RUSD.org/AcademiesofRacine RACINE AREA MANUFACTURERS AND COMMERCE

New RAMAC Members

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: Coakley Brothers and Brothers Interiors 400 S. 5th Street Milwaukee, WI 53204 Hannah Champion - Workplace Consultant (414) 238-7060 coakleybrothers.com Proud, woman-owned company with a 130-year history in Southeastern Wisconsin. Specialties include commercial moving/relocation, commercial furniture, and storage and warehousing. Cushman & Wakefield Boerke 731 N. Jackson Street Milwaukee, WI 53202 Darrell Fischer - Real Estate Advisor (414) 203-3025 boerke.com A leader in Southeastern Wisconsin’s commercial real estate market. De Witt Physical Therapy & Wellness, LLC DBA ApexNetwork Physical Therapy 6233 Bankers Road, Suite 12 Mount Pleasant, WI 53403 Jeanette De Witt - PT, DPT, Owner (262) 771-0404 apexnetworkpt.com ApexNetwork Physical Therapy is a privately-owned, full-service physical therapy provider. Our philosophy is quite simple - to be the best in rehabilitation. Come heal with us! Festival Foods 5740 Washington Avenue Mount Pleasant, WI 53406 Tim McAdams - Store Director (844) 878-6949 festfoods.com Festival Foods is a family and employee-owned grocery store that is committed to providing guests with the personal attention needed in order to ensure they have the best experience possible.


First Citizens Bank 6031 Regency W. Drive Mount Pleasant, WI 53177 Scott Kraemer - Area Executive (414) 214-5790 firstcitizens.com Our bank is about people first and money second. We have experienced bankers on hand for you to talk to when you need them. Hibu Jon Palmen - Account Executive (262) 945-4282 hibu.com A leading provider of digital marketing solutions to local businesses. You get all your digital marketing from a single source. Hiram Power Electric LLC 2811 Carlisle Avenue Racine, WI 53404 Chris Collins - Compliance Officer (262) 781-7900 hirampower.com A minority-owned electric supplier offering building information modeling, virtual design & construction, prefabrication, procurement, professional services & lean consulting. Los Mariachis 5821 Washington Ave Racine, WI 53406 Angela Espinoza - Manager (262) 884-0770 losmariachisracine.net Family owned small restaurant, serving authentic Mexican food and margaritas. Have a banquet room furnished with a 125-person capacity and offer catering services.

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Marine Credit Union 3039 S. Green Bay Road Racine, WI 53403 Tricia Chappell - Branch Manager (262) 597-7262 marinecu.com A full-service financial institution serving over 90,000 members with office locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa. Massage By K 10127 Northwestern Avenue Franksville, WI 53126 Kayla Rognsvoog - Owner/Lead Massage Therapist (262) 498-6206 massagebyk.com Massage therapy geared towards more than just stress relief. Strive to improve your quality of day-to-day life with a plethora of services to meet your needs. Mathison Manufacturing, Inc. W246 S3245 Industrial Lane Waukesha, WI 53189 Al Leidinger - President (262) 542-7296 mathisonmfg.com Contract manufacturing and assembly company specializing in tight tolerance, cosmetic sheet metal fabrication.

Milwaukee Bucks 1543 North 2nd Street, 6th Floor Milwaukee, WI 53212 Andrew OHerron - Sales Rep (414) 227-0592 nba.com/bucks An American professional basketball franchise based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central. Muller Industries 2406 S. 24th Street, Suite E107 Phoenix, Arizona 85034 Seth Muller - Owner (262) 989-1112 mullerindustriesusa.com A full solution sustainability and renewable energy company assembling lithium batteries, LEDs, and electric transportation. Also sell solar panels and hybrid inverters.



Postorino Construction Finishes 1101 Mound Avenue Racine, WI 53404 Randall Copenharve - President (262) 633-7805 postorinocf.com Our field staff of union-trained, experienced employees provide superior service and commercial painting, acoustical ceiling tile, concrete floor finishing, drywall and framing, and concrete repair. Qdoba Mexican Eats 943 SE Frontage Road Sturtevant, WI 53177 Miranda Knudtson - Marketing and Brand Manager (414) 962-4200 qdobawisconsin.com Our food philosophy lies in crafting thoughtful flavor combinations that will satisfy your biggest cravings and leave you counting down the days until you're back for more.

Racine based Ultra Industries designs and builds industrial air filtration and dust collection equipment offering state-of-the-art design and exceptional value along with the industry’s best warranty.

Air filtration products offered include: Bag House and Cartridge Style Dust Collectors Bin Vents • Cyclones Filter Receivers Ultra Industries can build a collector to meet any industrial application.

Revere Electric Supply Co. 926 State Street Racine, WI 53403 Carmen Pillizzi (262) 635-5050 revereelectric.com An electrical distributor working with industrial automation and contract/construction facilities. RSM US LLP 411 E. Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53202 Jon Flusser - Director, Business Development (414) 298-2830 RSMUS.com Accounting/Financial services firm. Sport Court WI 1833 Executive Drive, Ste. 102B Oconomowoc, WI 53066 Alec Hartsuiker - Sales Rep (414) 856-5690 sportcourtwi.com Leader in basketball court, game court, and tennis court construction in the State of Wisconsin. We make it easy to unplug your kids! Stowell Associates 245 Main Street #104 Racine, WI 53403 Amy Mlot - Branch Manager (262) 880-5864 stowellassociates.com Leader in care management and home care, keeping older adults independent at home since 1983 with the best senior care in Southeast Wisconsin.

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Summit Credit Union 6035 Durand Avenue Mount Pleasant, WI 53406 Mike Paxton - Branch Manager (608) 243-5000 summitcreditunion.com A nonprofit financial cooperative that empowers members to own their financial life.

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Titus Talent Strategies 309 N. Water Street, Suite 430 Milwaukee, WI 53202 Andy Campbell - Director of Sales (262) 622-3973 titustalent.com Equip companies to make the best attraction, engagement, hiring, and development decisions to meet their organization’s people and performance objectives.



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In addition to the companies celebrating major anniversaries in 2020, we like to use this anniversary page to share interesting bits of history about RAMAC businesses. Last year Wisconsin Humane Society celebrated its 140th anniversary, reminiscing back to 1879 and its original goal of preventing cruelty to animals, children, criminals, and “defective and dependent people.” This spring the Racine Campus of the Wisconsin Humane Society puts the finishing touches on its new location at the corner of 90th and 16th Streets in Mount Pleasant and prepares for a grand opening celebration to be announced soon. A successful $7 million fundraising effort realized the new 16,000 sq. ft facility, which is twice the size of the current one at 2706 Chicory Rd in Mount Pleasant. With the relocation, cats will move from a rented trailer to bright, comfortable space and vets performing surgery will enjoy twice the surgery space. The new building even respects visitors coming for diverse reasons—some to celebrate adding a new pet to their family, others worried over a pet’s illness. Stay tuned for grand opening information and visit www.wihumane.org for further details about what the new facility will offer. A RAMAC member since 2013. Celebrating 100 years CG Schmidt Inc. Racine Masonic Center Racine Optical Co./ Family Vision Care SC Southshore Realtors Association

Celebrating 25 years Carpetland USA Flooring Center E-Vergent Broadband First Call Heating & Cooling, Inc. Kenosha Community Health Center

Celebrating 75 years Brooks Tractor Knapp Manufacturing Wiscon Products

Celebrating 10 years Greenfire Management Services Northern Mechanical Perfect Balance Accounting Services Royal Capital Group The Woods of Caledonia Titus Talent Strategies Tower Energy International

Celebrating 50 years Badger Meter Days Inn Holiday Inn Express & Suites Johnson Financial Group Johnson Outdoors Milwaukee Admirals Hockey Club Wisconsin Screen Process

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Racine Optical Company Family Vision Care, SC. Racine Optical Co. is a one-stop, family vision care facility, helping patients from infants to seniors. Racine Optical Co. Family Vision Care, SC. (ROC) is celebrating 100 years of personalized care and service in Downtown Racine. This three generation, familyowned business has kept pace with the many new developments in the Optometrist profession while serving generations of families. ROC was founded in Racine by Dr. Louis Rosenberg, OD after he graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in 1920. Dr. Louis had several satellite locations including Kenosha, Waukegan, Rockford and Janesville. One of his services was fitting “Glass Eyes”—not in demand today. The current owner, Dr. Dean Rosenberg, explains, “There is far less need for glass eyes these days because infections are medically treated and eyes do not need to be removed. Also OSHA, which did not exist back then, requires safety glasses to prevent injuries on the job.” Downtown Racine was an excellent location for the practice back then and now. The trolley went right past the Racine office, as did the MRK (Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha train). ROC rented its location for nearly 40 years until Dr. Roger Rosenberg, OD decided to buy the building in 1958. Dr. Roger worked alongside his father even before graduating from Horlick High School. He completed his undergrad college degree and went on to Optometry Graduate School at ICO in Chicago while married to Patricia (Bronson). After Dr. Louis retired, Dr. Roger didn’t work alone. ROC probably had most area optometrists working there at one time or another.

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Start-up costs make opening your own private practice extremely difficult. In addition to paying off eight years of student loans, the new OD may face costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase equipment, supplies and inventory. The employed ODs at ROC would work for some time before going into a partnership or practice of their own. Working with Dr. Roger and learning from his experience, they would leave with a stronger understanding of customer service and quality eye care. Dr. Roger's son, Dr. Dean Rosenberg, OD graduated from ICO in 1987 and especially valued his opportunity working with his father for over 14 years. Dr. Dean worked for several employers, including Precision Lens Crafters in Greenfield and Brookfield, and Wisconsin Vision—even while working 1-2 days/week at ROC. Neither Dr. Roger nor Dr. Dean were pressured to join the family business; it was just something they always wanted to do and were thankful they did. ROC has employed many family members over the years. Dr. Roger’s wife Patricia (Pat) was the office manager for many years. Pat’s sisters—Gloria, Carol and Lillian—were employed for many years from front office staff to optician to cleaning staff. Dr. Dean’s wife Liz has been ROC’s Insurance/patient advocate and marketing staff from 2005-present. The fact that ROC has continued under family operation for three generations sets it apart from other Optometric practices. But there’s more. ROC has continued to add technology including: Electronic

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Health Records, E-Prescribing to local pharmacies, Full Visual Fields testing, Retinal Cameras, Opto-Map 3-D imaging of the inside of the eyes (avoiding dilation of the pupils), Optic Nerve & Macular scans with an OCT (the best way to monitor Glaucoma and Age Related Macular Degeneration patients to Prevent Vision Loss). From Vision testing for Rx eyeglasses to contact lenses to Laser vision correction, to Pre & PostOperative Co-Management with local Ophthalmologists & primary care MDs, ROC’s goal is “Clear, Comfortable and Healthy Eyes for the remainder of your life on earth.“ Dr. Dean regularly attends continuing education classes to stay on the cutting edge of Technology in Diagnostics, Therapeutic Treatments and Advanced Surgical Procedures for the Optometric Physician licensed in Wisconsin. Amy, ROC’S optician for the last 16 years, has a special talent for making patients look fabulous in their new eye wear. She personally hand picks every frame in our inventory and even grinds many of the new Rx lenses in the finishing lab. Amanda, the receptionist and front office staff for the last 6 years, is a patient advocate, greeting everyone with an optimistic and friendly smile, even while multitasking to keep everyone “ROC’n and on time” each day. Please visit www.RacineOptical.com for an introduction to the office and the friendly staff, and to take a video tour. Make your appointment online or call 262-634-4430. A RAMAC member since 2017.

Changing trends over three generations of Rosenberg optometrist practice: Dr. Louis Rosenberg (1920-1960) • s tationary practice and the end of the traveling optometrist •o  ptometrist performs the exam, not a separate physician • e ye infections often led to glass eye replacements Dr. Roger Rosenberg (1958-2003) • introduction of contact lenses (soft, gas permeable, hard, extended wear, disposable) •a  ccommodations for fitness and sports (scuba divers, skiers) • v ocational needs requiring near vision bifocal on top (electricians, computer operators) •m  onocular contacts (1 for seeing far; 1 for close vision, replacing reading glasses) Dr. Dean Rosenberg (1987-Present) •a  dvancements in therapeutics and medication to simultaneously neutralize infection and medicate •a  dvancements in technology o Electronic Health Records o E-Prescribing to local pharmacies o Full Visual Fields testing o Retinal Cameras oO  pto-Map 3-D imaging of the inside of the eyes (avoiding dilation of the pupils) oO  ptic Nerve & Macular scans with an OCT

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Community State Bank Their Focus Is In Their Name Community State Bank is a strong, community bank in southeastern Wisconsin, dedicated to outstanding service, local decisions and building communities. Over 122 years ago John Blakey, a Union Grove grain mill operator, organized a group of local investors to start a private bank in Racine County known as Bank of Union Grove. The bank started in a small, oneroom brick building located on Main Street in Union Grove. Today that bank is now Community State Bank and continues to stand strong with Community State $400 million in assets. Bank’s Executive Community State Bank (CSB) Vice President, Steve is a locally owned and operated “Rocky” Donovan, commercial community bank, was the recipient of serving the communities of RAMAC's Business Person of the Year for Southeast Wisconsin since 1898. CSB has locations in 2019. seven communities in Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties. Those locations include: Mount Pleasant, Union Grove, Waterford, Burlington, Lake Geneva, Paddock Lake and, very soon, Kenosha. The Community Bank Difference As one of the last true community banks left in Southeast Wisconsin, CSB makes a point to show that it is their dedication to their customers and community that sets them apart from traditional big box banks and credit unions.

MyLIFE (My Local Interactive Financial Education) was developed by Community State Bank as a comprehensive interactive financial literacy program for high school students designed to demonstrate the importance of sound money management skills. Over 6000 students and 6 local schools within Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties have experienced the program. MyLIFE was recognized twice for the Wisconsin Governor’s Financial Literacy Award (2013, 2015) and once by the Institute of Extraordinary Banking for a Banky Award (2019).

“We’re a true community bank,” said CSB Executive Vice President, Steve Donovan. “Everything we do happens and stays right here in Southeast Wisconsin. We hire local people who genuinely care about the communities we serve. We make local decisions and provide local service. You’ll never be transferred to a call center in another state or have a decision made about your mortgage in Chicago or Montreal. That’s hard to find today, and I believe that’s what local people and business owners want and deserve.” CSB is a full service bank offering state-of-the-art products through individuals, technology or both. They serve individuals, businesses, non-profits and municipalities. “At CSB we’re consistently looking for ways to best serve our customers and offer competitive products that you’d find at any big box bank,” said Donovan. “We have the technology, cash management team, online #Gift2Giving is Community State Bank’s employee directed banking and apps all available. In addition, we have a team of local, knowledgeable people available to assist donation program. Each CSB Employee is given the you when you need it.” opportunity to choose one local non-profit organization that they would like $100 donated to. Over $20,000 has been distributed through the program in the past two years. For more information visit Gift2Giving.com. Pictured: Koss Family Foundation Donation 18

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Community Minded…Community Focused Community State Bank has been independently owned and operated for generations. The single largest shareholder of the bank is their employees, as they become owners through the bank’s long-standing Employee Stock Ownership Program. “From day one we inform our team members that they are about to become owners of this bank,” said Bank President and CEO, Scott Huedepohl. “That’s critical, because they are the future of this organization. I want them to take pride in knowing that their commitment to strengthening our bank and the communities that we serve is valuable and recognized.” Each year CSB staff contributes thousands of volunteer hours in their local communities by donating their time towards serving on boards, teaching financial literacy, and volunteering at events such as the Racine County Fair to support local youth and future farmers. “When we say CSB is community focused, we mean it,” said Donovan. “Our team donates their time to over 40 community initiatives every year. Thousands of hours are donated willingly by our employees to help build stronger communities.” A few examples of events or supported organizations that CSB contributes their time and resources to are the Racine County Fair, United Way’s LIFT community school initiative at Knapp Elementary School, Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus, Racine Founders Rotary Club, Focus on Community, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC). In addition to community volunteerism and donation initiatives, CSB also expresses a commitment to the community through a variety of programs that they’ve developed. Those programs include MyLIFE, a financial literacy program for local high school students, Shepherds Community Café, a local coffee shop providing work experience for individuals with intellectual disabilities; and #Gift2Giving, an employee directed donation program.


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Growing Together Community State Bank has already begun an exciting new year as they’re currently wrapping up the construction phase of their seventh office. The newest location will serve the Kenosha market. “We’re growing and we have the right leaders in place to take our bank to the next level,” said Huedepohl. “We’re grateful for our banking team and our customers that choose us as their community bank. If you haven’t met with us before, we’d love to have the opportunity to meet you for coffee and share more about us.” The banking team at Community State Bank has extended an invitation to all RAMAC members to visit Shepherds Community Café at their Union Grove location and meet with the CSB Banking Team. A coupon has been provided below. “We’d love to talk about your future with Community State Bank,” said Donovan. “Please let us know when you plan on stopping by, and we can chat about your banking needs and the potential of us growing together.” A RAMAC member since 1991.

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Shepherds Community Café is a partnership between Community State Bank and Shepherds College. The local collaboration is a coffee shop located inside of Community State Bank’s Union Grove location that provides training and work experience for students with intellectual disabilities. Visit MySCCafe.com for more information.



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RAMAC Training and Programs An event calendar plus information and registration can be found at racinechamber.com Marketing Breakfasts February 7, June 5, August 7, October 2, December 4 7:30am – 9:00am Delta Hotels $20 members/$30 nonmembers


REGISTER NOW for the RAMAC Annual Membership Dinner April 2, 2020 | Festival Hall

Business Blenders March 12, May 14, June 25, July TBD, August 25, September 24, November 19, December 10 5:00pm – 7:00pm Each hosted by a different RAMAC member No cost NEW! Workload Survival Skills Feeling overloaded? In this course you will discover strategies and practice techniques for more effectively organizing, prioritizing, and planning your tasks in ways that give you better control in your workday. March 11 & 18, 2020 8:30am – 12:00pm RAMAC 2-day session $345 members/$450 nonmembers NEW!!! Member-2-Member Breakfasts Starting in March, we are launching our new Member-2-Member (M2M) breakfasts. Come to learn how other members solve business, manufacturing, or communication issues for other clients. Subsequent breakfasts will be held on odd-numbered months. Mark your calendars now for March 13, May 1, July 10, September 11, and November 6 all at Roma Lodge. Register by going to the RAMAC website, www. racinechamber.com, on the events calendar. Just click on the event and the registration process will begin. If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to get in front of your fellow RAMAC members and highlight your expertise, we have the answer! This is a perfect venue to share your expertise with an audience of your peers. Contact Gretchen at 262-898-4265 or gherrmann@ racinechamber.com to reserve a speaking spot at other M2M breakfasts, but don’t wait too long, 2020 is nearly full. March 13, May 1, July 10, September 11, November 6 7:30am – 9:00am Roma Lodge $25 RAMAC MEMBERS ONLY

Featured speaker Carl Rick from Kwik Trip with a message about their mission: To serve our customers and community more effectively than anyone else by treating our customers, co-workers and suppliers as we, personally, would like to be treated, and to make a difference in someone’s life. Full information and registration can be found at racinechamber.com.

A new option for ordering from Machinery & Factory Industrial Supply Contact us today to set up your account

(262) 634-3381 or (800) 686-5311 Email: sales@machineryfactory.com machineryfactory.com (262) 634-3381 1021 6th Street Racine, WI 53403





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BRAND YOUR BUSINESS WITH ONE OF THE MOST CONCENTRATED AREAS OF INFLUENCE IN RACINE COUNTY! Wind Point Living magazine is a private social publication that is mailed each month to every home in the Village of Wind Point. This engaging magazine is cherished by the neighborhood. Our encompassing program provides results for our business partners. OUR PROGRAM INCLUDES:


• Your business presence in the printed magazine • Opportunities to meet residents face-to-face at social events to build local relationships • Spotlight articles of your business / unique sponsorships • A geo-targeted digital remarketing campaign of your message through personal social media feeds in the neighborhood

• Have an established positive reputation and thrive on word of mouth • Brand as a trusted community partner to develop referrals • Strive to reach people that count rather than count people they reach

Contact: Gary Smith Wind Point Living magazine 262-994-5390 gary.smith@n2pub.com 22


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Express Employment Professionals Helping People Build Careers, Businesses and Communities

The Racine Express team of recruiters have over 150 years of combined staffing and human resources experience and are well versed in the many facets of recruiting for screening, interviewing and placing top tier candidates into a variety of positions. Express Employment Professionals International Headquarters has provided staffing services for more than 35 years through a network of more than 825 locally owned offices. True to the founding idea, their greatest honor is the opportunity to help people build their careers, businesses, and communities. To meet this goal, they offer a range of employment solutions for businesses and job seekers, including: professional search, contract and temporary staffing, evaluation and direct hire, and flexible staffing. Express was co-founded by Robert A. “Bob” Funk and William H. Stoller in 1983. They formed Express with the goal of helping people and businesses succeed. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Express generated gross revenues of over $2 million despite a struggling economy that first year. In 1985, the first Express office was franchised. Within five years, Express Employment Professionals ranked among the top staffing firms in the United States and was recognized as one of the fastest growing, privately-held companies in the country.

Today Express continues to set growth records by putting more than 566,000 people to work and generating $3.56 billion in sales in 2018. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. Leading the industry, Express Employment Professionals was once again named the No. 1 Staffing Franchise for the ninth consecutive year in Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise 500® list released on January 14, 2020. “Entrepreneur’s 500® list is one of the most distinguished rankings, and Express is proud to have held the top spot in staffing/recruiting for nearly a decade.” Express CEO Bill Stoller said, “This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our franchisees and their commitment to offering hope through employment. As we enter a new year, we look forward to fulfilling more entrepreneurs’ dreams of business ownership backed by a proven system.” Express Employment expanded into Racine, WI over 20 years ago and serves Racine and Kenosha counties. Franchisee Loretta Olson has over 30 years

The friendly, skilled staff at Express Employment Professionals. RACINE AREA MANUFACTURERS AND COMMERCE


of experience in human resources and staffing, and she recently earned the RAMAC Small Business Owner of the Year award for 2019. The Racine Express team of recruiters have over 150 years of combined staffing and human resources experience. They specialize in an array of skill-sets and experience levels and are well versed in the many facets of recruiting for screening, interviewing and placing top tier candidates into a variety of positions. Since Express in Racine, WI is locally owned, they have the autonomy to create and provide specialized and tailored staffing solutions to local businesses of all sizes with the support, tools, technologies and resources of their corporate office that is located in Oklahoma City, OK. In 2019, Express in Racine put 1,781 people to work at their 93 client companies. Out of that, 203 Express associates were offered and accepted permanent positions at the companies where they worked. Express Employment is located at 1300 S Green Bay Road – Suite #200 – Racine, WI. They are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and can be reached by stopping in during business hours or calling (262) 635-8580.

Express Employment Professionals provides businesses: • S hort term, long term and temporary to permanent employees • Direct hire employees • On-site solutions • Training, testing and orientation • Customized recruiting solutions • Job market insight

A RAMAC member since 1999.

Conveniently located two miles off I-94

• Weddings & Receptions • Anniversaries, Family/Class Reunions • Sit down, Family Style, Buffets with our In-House Caterer

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Conference Center & Trade Shows Full Service Bar Chocolate & Champagne Fountains Ample Parking

3 Banquet Halls Accomodations for up to 600 Guests

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REGISTER NOW for the RAMAC Annual Membership Dinner April 2, 2020 | Festival Hall Featured speaker Carl Rick from Kwik Trip with a message about their mission: To serve our customers and community more effectively than anyone else by treating our customers, co-workers and suppliers as we, personally, would like to be treated, and to make a difference in someone’s life. Full information and registration can be found at racinechamber.com.

HELPING BUILD YOUR FUTURE Whatever you envision for your future, we are here to help you achieve it! Bukacek Construction specializes in customer satisfaction. Partner with us and build your dream.

www.bukacek.com 262-637-9791



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Business Blenders The first Business Blender of 2020 was hosted by Razor Sharp Fitness to help us all with any fitness new year’s resolutions we may have made! The evening of great food and networking included tours of the facility.


Develop your managers into confident, respectful leaders that positively impact workplace culture, productivity and your company’s bottom line. Our 12-workshop Series provides a steady-progress-over-time transformation that leads to reduced turnover, improved productivity, morale and engagement, and overall employee satisfaction. LAUNCH DATE AND TIME Tuesday, April 21, 8:00 am - 12:30 pm RECURRING DATES AND TIMES Third Tuesday of the month, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm HOST LOCATION Mount Pleasant Village Hall, Mount Pleasant


For info contact : Steph Kotlarek 414.704.9955 or skotlarek@livingasaleader.com www.livingasaleader.com


Leadercast Women 3-Part Series Stories of Courage RAMAC, along with Tempo Racine, recently facilitated a new leadership program that brought leaders’ stories of courage to our southeastern region. At the UW-Parkside Cinema on three consecutive Fridays (February 21, February 28, and March 6), bold female leaders told stories of what courage looks like and how it can move internal and external mountains, large or small. Over the three sessions, attendees viewed six total TED-type talks by women of various backgrounds and points of view. They included: • Laura Ling - Award-winning journalist and TV host •G  lennon Doyle - Best-selling author, activist, and founder of Together Rising • E laine Weltaroth – first African American and youngest Editor-in-Chief at Vogue Teen • S usan Packard - Co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former COO of HGTV •D  eshauna Barber - Miss USA 2016 and U.S. Army Reserve captain • F rancesca Gino - Researcher and professor at Harvard Business School At each session and after viewing two videos, local women leaders then took the stage to share their stories. On February 21, Kimberly Kane, President and CEO of Kane Communications Group, moderated a panel of local women who, driven by courage, have made their mark in Racine: • educator and musician Pat Badger • community collaborator Jessica Omelian • corporate communication expert Autumn Latimore • entrepreneur and visionary Shelley Hickman

The second session included Chancellor Deborah Ford, along with committee members and researchers, discussing the findings of a 2019 project which gathered data to raise awareness of the challenges, opportunities, and social issues facing girls and women in Kenosha and Racine. The last day of the series was with keynote Aleta Norris, co-founder of Living As A Leader and bestselling author of Women Who Spark, who shared her leadership journey. This event was made possible by sponsorships from Tempo International Foundation, Racine Community Foundation, and University of Wisconsin – Parkside. One attendee said, “I loved the videos and the panel discussion. Thank you for bringing this to women in our community! Great way to lift me up today.” Thank you to all who attended these three inspirational days. We hope to make this an annual event, so watch for more Leadercast Women series news next year!

“Loved the videos and the panel discussion. Thank you for bringing this to women in our community! Great way to lift me up today.”

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Kortendick Ace Hardware Serving Racine Since 1951!

3806 Douglas Avenue (262) 639-4820

FROM SIMPLE TO COMPLEX We have the expertise & capability Stampings, Heat Treating, CNC Machining, Welding, Laser Welding, Spotwelding, Grinding, Vibro-mill Finishing, NDT, and Full Inspection Including SPC and More.

Helping Families Connect, Honor & Remember Please stop in for a tour of our newly expanded facilities with ADA-compliant restrooms & stairless entry, providing everyone with safe and easy access.

262-632-4479 3014 Northwestern Ave. www.sturinofuneralhome.com

Proud member of RAMAC

1927-2018 • 91 Years of Excellence 1600 Goold St. • PO Box 788 • Racine, WI 262-637-9301 • Fax: 262-637-1319 • www.styberg.com



Business Focus

Overview: Our primary function is to provide meeting space for Racine-Belle City Lodge #18, Free and Accepted Masons, and various other Masonic organizations. We also provide support for their charitable efforts in our community. We rent our facility for various events including weddings, parties, business meetings, seminars, fundraisers, and celebrations of all kinds. We also do historic and dramatic tours of the facility, highlighting the Durand Mansion, the owners of the property and their place in Racine history, and/or Freemasons, depending on the audience. What sets you apart? The Racine Masonic Center is two historic structures in one, the Durand Mansion dating from the 1850’s and the Masonic Temple dedicated in 1922. We are able to offer a variety of unique spaces in both to accommodate different size gatherings and events. What types of clients are you targeting in the coming year? We would like to open our facility to more business/corporate meetings and seminars. We also are hoping to attract more individuals and groups to our historic building tours.

Masonic Temple Association of Racine, Inc. 1012 Main Street Racine, WI 53403 www.racinemasoniccenter.com Industry: Fraternal Organization/ Event Facility Employees: 3 (plus lots of volunteers) RAMAC member since: 2017 Contact: Wendy Spencer, Event Coordinator racinemasoniccenter@gmail.com 262.989-6681 Best quote or advice: "With Malice Toward None/With Charity For All" How does RAMAC membership help? It helps to improve our exposure in the community and gives us insight into what’s going on in the local business community.

What is spurring/enabling your growth? The simple, universal truths shared through Masonic instruction and symbolism benefit all communities where good people seek personal growth. What are your challenges? Attracting more good men who wish to improve our community by involving themselves and their families in our fraternal organization. Why is Racine a good place to do business? We love our community and all it has to offer. Freemasons have been meeting in Racine County since at least 1847 with the first lodge, Racine Lodge #18, chartered in 1848, followed by Burlington Lodge #28 in 1849, Jerusalem Lodge #54 at Caledonia in 1854, Belle-City Lodge #92 at Racine in 1858, Temple Lodge #96 at Waterford in 1858, Corinthian Lodge #156 at Union Grove in 1866, and Union Grove Lodge #288 in 1904. This long history in the community provides a foundation for all our activities. 30

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