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Business Digest for April 6, 2018

CFMA names new officers

The Construction Financial Management Association has announced the election of its 2018-19 executive officers.

The CFMA’s executive officers are:

  • Chairman Joe McLaughlin, Austin Industries, Dallas;
    Vice Chairman Michelle Eastman, North Mechanical Contracting Inc. and North Mechanical Services Inc., Indianapolis;
  • Treasurer Kevin Booth, WestCor Cos., Las Vegas; and
  • Secretary Phil Zack, Viewpoint Construction Software, Boulder, Colo.

OMNNI’s Weeks, Rogers earn professional credentials

OMNNI Associates’ Kyle Weeks recently earned his professional engineering certification from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

As a geotechnical engineer, Weeks’ responsibilities at OMNNI include site investigations, soils testing, subsurface exploration and analysis, foundation analysis, construction recommendations and final report preparation.

Christopher Rogers recently earned his professional geologist registration from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.

As a hydrogeologist at OMNNI, Rogers’ responsibilities include conducting Phase I and II environmental site assessments, including soil, water, and vapor sampling; site investigations; developing spill prevention control and countermeasure and stormwater pollution prevention plans; brownfield redevelopment; grant writing; health and safety compliance (general industry and construction); construction management; and environmental compliance work.

Companies vie for family business award

The Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award has received nominations from 23 companies around the state. Awards will be given to Small (under 25 employees), Medium (25-99) and Large (100-plus) companies.

The nominees include:

  • Ayers Furniture, Ridgeway;
  • Ayres Painting Co., Middleton;
  • Hunzinger Construction Co., Brookfield;
  • J&D Tube Benders, Weston;
  • Reed Switch Development, Racine;
  • Shorewest REALTORS, Brookfield; and
  • Waunakee Furniture ETC & Gift Gallery, Waunakee.

The winners will be selected by a panel of independent judges based on criteria that includes positive links between family and business, contribution to community and industry and innovative practices. The winners will be announced at a banquet on May 3 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison.

Hyatt Place Milwaukee/Downtown hires new general manager

Tony Beer

Tony Beer

As Janko Hospitality, a Chicago-based hotel operator, prepares to open the new Hyatt Place Milwaukee/Downtown, the company has added General Manager Tony Beer to its team.

Construction on the new Hyatt Place hotel, at 800 W. Juneau Ave., is ahead of schedule, according to a release from Janko Hospitality. The hotel is slated to open June 26, ahead of Summerfest.

Before joining Janko, Beer was general manager at Courtyard by Marriott Milwaukee Downtown, 300 W. Michigan St., for 16 years and has worked at other Marriott properties for nearly 30 years.

“Tony’s impressive background and friendly demeanor were driving reasons we wanted him on our team,” said John Brooke, Janko Hospitality COO. “He’s incredibly hands on and always ready to go the extra mile to care for his employees and guests.”

The 150-room hotel features a contemporary design and more than 1,700 square feet of meeting space. The hotel’s Coffee to Cocktails Bar includes a patio open to guests and the public with a view of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena blocks away.

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