Birder on Broadway announces their third LOCAL ARTIST SERIES beginning May 15, 2021

Broadway Theatre, 123 S. Broadway, De Pere, WI

Birder on Broadway announces their third LOCAL ARTIST SERIES beginning May 15, 2021. Birder Players has partnered with local musicians to help survive and revive the arts by providing a safe experience for both performers and patrons. Executive Director, Alicia Birder, will host talent-filled evenings out enjoying community artists on our stage, while supporting both our Local Artists, Broadway Professional Artists and Broadway Theatre.

The production line up includes:

Salmon Run | May 15

Kyle Megna & Ross Catterton of Kyle Megna & The Monsoons | June 18

Sam Ness | June 24

The Belle Weather | June 25

Special Guest, Broadway’s Mary Bridget Davies (Tony Award Nominee for her role as Janis Joplin) Local Band will include: Parker Drew, Tony Pesavento and Emily Sculliuffo. This performance will open with Raine Stern (recently on The Voice) | July 30

Broadway’s Grace Field | Sept 11

All performances begin at 7:30. Reserved table cabaret seating and general seating available.

Tickets are available at www.birderonbroadway.org (showtix4u.com/events/birderonbroadway) or at the Broadway Theatre Box Office; 1.920.445.5669.

Wisconsin’s five leading nonprofit hospice and palliative care organizations have joined together to form the Wisconsin Hospice & Palliative Care Collaborative (WHPCC)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 23, 2021

Madison, Wis. –Wisconsin’s five leading nonprofit hospice and palliative care organizations have joined together to form the Wisconsin Hospice & Palliative Care Collaborative (WHPCC)—a strategic partnership focused on enhancing access to quality care for chronically and seriously ill patients in an era marked by rapidly changing reimbursement structures.

WHPCC has formally incorporated as a 501c3 organization comprised of Agrace, Rainbow Hospice Care, Unity Hospice, Hospice Alliance and Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. Together, these hospices serve a geography where nearly 80 percent of Wisconsin’s 5.8 million people live.

In many ways, launching WHPCC formalizes the collaborative work these innovative community hospices have been engaged in since 2006. Over the past decade, their strategic partnership has enabled them to standardize best practices including, but not limited to, eligibility and relatedness determinations, documentation, quality benchmarking, diversity and inclusion, staff education and volunteer management. During this period of time, member organizations also expanded their services beyond hospice care to include Supportive Care Management, a specialized program of care designed for people who are living with advancing serious illness. Collectively, all of these innovations have improved the quality of hospice and palliative care throughout the state of Wisconsin while delivering cost savings to the market.

With the advent of Accountable Care Organizations, the rapid rise of Medicare Advantage, as well as emerging private sector risk-sharing models, WHPCC was incorporated as a nonprofit provider network to partner directly with payers under a single contract. WHPCC’s vast geographic footprint enables payers to efficiently contract for home-based, supportive services for plan members facing chronic and serious illness.

WHPCC members continue their long tradition as independent organizations. Their focus will be to leverage decades of expertise in community-based care in order to meet the changing needs of seniors. With the extra layer of support that the collaborative provides to seniors, they can often age in place, at a lower cost. WHPCC members are the experts in delivering care in this environment.

“We are delighted to take this next step in the evolution of our work and become an even more vital part of Wisconsin’s health care infrastructure by providing supportive services to those with chronic and serious illness in a community-based setting,” said Lynne Sexten, President and CEO of Agrace in Madison, and immediate past chair of the WHPCC Board. “Our nonprofit roots enable us to remain committed, first and foremost, to the communities we serve. We are not beholden to shareholders or private equity owners. We intend to channel our collective expertise and resources to improve the lives of seniors by better enabling them to remain in their homes. Together we will make Wisconsin the model for the post-acute care continuum.”

The Wisconsin Hospice and Palliative Care Collaborative is a partnership of the state’s five leading nonprofit hospice and palliative care organizations: Agrace, Hospice Alliance, Rainbow Hospice Care, Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and Unity Hospice. More information is available at whpcc.org

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Mr. Outboard’s Watersports Marine Awarded Mercury Marine Service Award for 9th consecutive year

For immediate release:

Mr. Outboard’s Watersports Marine Awarded Mercury Marine Service Award for 9th consecutive year.

For the 9th  consecutive year Mercury Marine has presented Mr. Outboard’s Watersports Marine of De Pere, WI its prestigious Service Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award for 2020.

Mercury Marine’s Service CSI Program measures the satisfaction of consumers after having service work done on their Mercury outboard or MerCruiser sterndrive or inboard. Mr. Outboard’s Watersports Marine won the Service CSI Award for its ongoing commitment to providing exemplary customer service, based on the responses of customers who had warranty work performed at the dealership during the past year. A total of 251 out of over 5000 North American dealers qualified for the Service CSI Award for 2020.  Mr. Outboard’s Watersports Marine ranks in the top 1% of all Mercury dealers.

Mr. Outboard’s Watersports Marine is 1 of only 30 dealerships in the United States to receive this award 9 or more consecutive years.

The CSI score for each dealer is measured and monitored by Mercury Marine. After warranty work has been completed, Mercury sends out a Service CSI survey to the consumer, asking him or her to rate the service received. To be eligible for the Service CSI Award, a dealer must maintain a score of 94 or better out of 100 in the Service CSI survey. These surveys ask consumers to rate their overall service satisfaction with the dealership, rate their satisfaction with the Service Advisor at the dealership, and also indicate if they would re-visit the dealership again in the future.

Tracking Service CSI scores is a way Mercury evaluates the effectiveness of its individual dealers and of its own policies and training programs. Dealerships that score high in Mercury’s Service CSI surveys are recognized through the awards program.

Mr. Outboard’s Watersports Marine was established in 1957 and operates a marine dealership on HWY 41 in De Pere, WI.

GreenLeaf Bank Announces Staff Addition and Retirement

GreenLeaf Bank Announces Staff Addition and Retirement

Greenleaf, WI, January 28, 2021 – GreenLeaf Bank recently announced the addition of Ryan Kauth as Senior Vice-President of Lending. Kauth replaces Terry Lardinois, the bank’s Chief Lending Officer, who retired on December 31, 2020.

Since 2007 Kauth held a variety of roles in business banking and at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay focused on improving small businesses. He advised local leaders on growing successful companies and the critical role banking services play in achieving their goals. Kauth says, “My expertise in banking and entrepreneurship provide a unique perspective to assist bank business customers in becoming even more successful.”

Lardinois retires after 19-years of service to GreenLeaf Bank. His career began in 2001 when then bank CEO Dave Krutz retired from day-to-day bank operation. Over the next 19-years, while holding the positions of Chief Operating Officer, CEO and finally as Chief Lending Officer, he helped the bank grow from $49 million to $110 million in assets while ensuring it remained financially sound. Lardinois says, “It feels good to step down from our community bank after many years of success.” Lardinois will remain on the bank’s Board of Directors.

GreenLeaf Bank is a full-service financial institution with two locations offering a variety of checking accounts, saving accounts, mortgage loans, agriculture loans, along with a full range of commercial banking services. The bank also offers a full array of digital banking services including: online banking, a mobile banking app, electronic bill pay, mobile wallet, fee-free ATM network and Zelle® a person-to-person payment platform. For more information visit www.greenleaf.bank

 

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O’Connor Connective Welcomes Holly Borga as Executive Assistant

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2021
Contact: Todd McMahon, todd@oconnorconnective.com, 920-288-2980

O’Connor Connective Welcomes Holly Borga as Executive Assistant

DE PERE, Wis. — The expansion of O’Connor Connective at the start of year No. 9 as a full-service strategic communications consultancy continued with the recent hiring of Holly Borga as Executive Assistant.

Borga joined the O’Connor Connective team with an extensive background in office management and customer service with large and small businesses, including Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. and JCPenney. She has proved herself to be an organized multitasker with an eye for details.

In her vital front-facing role with the O’Connor Connective team, Borga provides real- time administrative support with scheduling, bookkeeping and office-management functions.

“As we further expand our services and tackle our ninth year of business, we’re thrilled to add the talent of a seasoned and proven professional like Holly,” said Bridget O’Connor, owner and principal of O’Connor Connective. “I welcome the coordination, collaboration and can-do approach she brings to O’Connor Connective. There is no doubt Holly is going to help advance our company and help keep me sane along the way!”

A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Borga most recently was a patient care representative at a De Pere dentist office, performing administrative duties and working directly with patients on scheduling for appointments and follow-up.

Prior to that, Borga worked in a variety of roles for seven years with Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc., a nonprofit that operates separately from the Green Bay Packers. She provided administrative and accounting support to the organization’s executive director, board of directors, and various committees. She also helped plan and implement two major fundraising events and smaller fundraisers for the Packers Hall of Fame each year.

Borga’s professional career also includes 12 years in customer service and operations with national retailer JCPenney.

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About O’Connor Connective

Founded in 2013 by Bridget O’Connor and based in De Pere, Wisconsin, O’Connor Connective advises CEOs, presidents and senior leaders to define and communicate their vision to engage, retain and recruit customers, employees and supporters. The company does that by integrating strategy, marketing, creative, public relations, and training to achieve organizational goals. Clients include privately held and service-based companies and nonprofits. O’Connor Connective is a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). For more information on the consultative and creative services ofO’Connor Connective, visit oconnorconnective.com.

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O’CONNOR CONNECTIVE EXPANDS DIGITAL SERVICES, WELCOMES TODD PROCTOR AS WEB DEVELOPER AND DIGITAL STRATEGIST

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2021
Contact: Todd McMahon, todd@oconnorconnective.com, 920-288-2980

O’CONNOR CONNECTIVE EXPANDS DIGITAL SERVICES, WELCOMES TODD PROCTOR AS WEB DEVELOPER AND DIGITAL STRATEGIST

DE PERE, Wis. — Now in its ninth year of delivering a full suite of communications and marketing strategy, counseling and creative storytelling to dozens of business and nonprofit partners in Northeastern Wisconsin and other parts of the country, O’Connor Connective is reinforcing its service lines.

Todd Proctor, a proven pro who’s dialed into all things digital, has joined the O’Connor Connective team as Web Developer and Digital Strategist. Proctor, a native of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, is a versatile technician with more than 30 years of working as a graphic designer, web developer and all-around digital strategist.

“As we start a new year, we are so fortunate as we welcome Todd to our growing team,” said Bridget O’Connor, owner and principal of O’Connor Connective. “From firsthand experience, I know that Todd’s vast knowledge and hands-on expertise as a designer, programmer, implementer, analyst and manager in all facets of digital communications is a tremendous addition to our team of consultants. His robust skillset will allow us to expand our in-house bandwidth for the types of digital services our clients need—no matter how big or small.”

In true O’Connor Connective fashion, Proctor believes in connections and relationships that last. He and O’Connor, who founded O’Connor Connective in 2013, first worked together at Minneapolis-based Cuningham Group in the early 1990s. O’Connor later hired Proctor when she went to the University of Minnesota Foundation. And, now, Proctor again joinsO’Connor’s team to round out and expand its offerings.

O’Connor Connective’s revamped digital services include:

  • Website consultation and development
  • Social media strategy and management
  • SEO performance review
  • Digital marketing campaigns
  • Email campaigns and strategy
  • Google My Business creation and monitoring
  • Analytics reports and monitoring
  • Digital trend analysis and best practice consultation

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“From technical and creative applications for an existing or a brand-new website, to helping organizations plan and manage their social media, to creating digital advertising and email campaigns, to the must-have monitoring and boosting of search engines, we have the talent on staff to deliver impressive results for our clients,” O’Connor said. “And it all stems from our commitment to strategy.”

Proctor comes to O’Connor Connective after a 20-year career with the University of Minnesota Foundation in Minneapolis. He worked as a web designer and producer, creating and maintaining websites. Proctor also was well-versed in the development of content management systems, including email marketing, as well as curating web and email analytics. He further helped produce various events in collaboration with staff at University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Prior to his extensive tenure working in higher education, Proctor was a resourceful graphic, web and multimedia designer for 10-plus years with global architectural firm Cuningham Group. His array of creative contributions included designing and maintaining Cuningham’s first corporate website.

Proctor is the founder of MoviesMatrix—a hybrid blog, video podcast and social media franchise devoted to entertainment. In his spare time, Proctor oversees a team of more than 25 national and international contributors to MoviesMatrix as a web and social strategist, designer and producer.

He studied art studio/visual studies and art history at University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Proctor earned degrees in multimedia and computer graphics from Minnesota School of Computer Imaging and liberal arts and graphic design from North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

About O’Connor Connective

Founded in 2013 by Bridget O’Connor and based in De Pere, Wisconsin, O’Connor Connective advises CEOs, presidents and senior leaders to define and communicate their vision to engage, retain and recruit customers, employees and supporters. The company does that by integrating strategy, marketing, creative, public relations, and training to achieve organizational goals. Clients include privately held and service-based companies and nonprofits. O’Connor Connective is a certified Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE). For more information on the consultative and creative services of O’Connor Connective, visit oconnorconnective.com.

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Performa is excited to announce architect Erin Peters, AIA, NCIDQ [. . .] and is now a licensed interior designer as well as a licensed architect.

Erin Peters, AIA, NCIDQ

 

De Pere, WI

January 20, 2021

 

Performa is excited to announce architect Erin Peters, AIA, NCIDQ recently passed her final NCIDQ exam and is now a licensed interior designer as well as a licensed architect. Erin decided to pursue the licensure because she not only enjoys architecture but the integration of interiors in the projects with which she’s involved. According to Erin, “studying for the exams helped me understand what responsibilities can be expected of an interior designer and how they differ and relate to my role as design architect for a project.”

 

NCIDQ stands for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and is a three part exam developed and administered by the CIDQ: Council of Interior Design Qualification. Erin is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science, Architecture.

 

Performa Inc. was founded in 1995 as a privately-owned service corporation. Performa is a purpose-driven, fully integrated architecture and engineering firm that gives purpose the space to thrive™. The firm is headquartered in De Pere, WI, with an office in Atlanta, GA.

 

 

 

For more information, news and perspectives from Performa visit www.performainc.com or contact Jennifer Kalies, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at jenniferk@performainc.com 920-347-3145.

 

Performa Inc. welcomes the following new employees

For Immediate Release
December 7, 2020

Performa New Employees
Performa Inc. welcomes the following new employees to our De Pere, WI and Atlanta, GA offices. Each of them compliments our purpose-driven, fully-integrated architectural and engineering team.

Traci Abel joins Performa as an electrical BIM specialist. She brings 20 years of design experience and and BIM capabilities to the Performa team. She prides herself on developing quality professional drawings and models in an accurate and timely fashion.
Rahul Desai, PE, our newest structural engineer, will be based in Atlanta, GA. Rahul offers over eight years of experience in the architectural engineering industry and has been a licensed professional engineer since 2015. He has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas and offers a wide variety of project experience ranging from existing building additions; healthcare facilities; university laboratory and dining complexes, as well as innovative LEED-Platinum projects.
Emma Gill, AIA is a registered architect bringing educational design experience with her from Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to joining Performa, Emma was a Project Architect with RossTarrant Architects. She is LEED AP BD+C accredited, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, and currently serves on the Board of Director for the East Kentucky Chapter of AIA.
Kevin Henschel joins Performa as a BIM specialist with experience in electrical design. In his role, Kevin will collaborate and coordinate with our multi-disciplinary design professionals to ensure model accuracy through all phases of design. Kevin is a University of Wisconsin-Stout alumni.

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About Performa
Performa Inc. was founded in 1995 as a privately-owned service corporation. Performa is a purpose-driven, fully integrated architecture and engineering firm that gives purpose the space to thrive™. The firm is headquartered in De Pere, WI, and has an office in Atlanta, GA. To learn more about Performa, please visit: www.performainc.com.

Santa’s Rock N Lights Drive Through Winter Light Show opens on Friday, November 20th at the Brown County Fairgrounds

PRESS RELEASE:

Santa’s Rock N Lights Drive Through Winter Light Show opens on Friday, November 20th at the Brown County Fairgrounds as possibly the safest holiday tradition enjoyed from the safety of your own car. 2020 brings a completely upgraded show in anticipation of this being a record-breaking year.

What’s New:

– In expectation of this being a record-breaking year, we have almost doubled the lights.

– Over 700’ of light tunnels including our new techno rainbow tunnel that dances to the beat of the music.

– Re-imagined layout with themed worlds of light including our 20’ tall enchanted dinosaurs, 20’ wide rainbow peacocks.  Other worlds include Santa’s World, Reindeer World, techno tunnels, Dancing Trees World).

– Longer route.

COVID-19:

We believe this is the safest holiday event being that attendees enjoy the show from the warmth and safety of their own car.

Attendance:

Record breaking attendance of over 100,000 attendees is expected.

Dates:

Show Opens 11/20

Show Ends 1/3

Paid Online reservation required.

Information and Tickets:

SantasRockNLights.com

UNITY HOSPICE TO HOST VIRTUAL HONOR A LIFE GATHERING TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15th TO HONOR LOVED ONES WHO HAVE DIED

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact:

November 17, 2020 Christy Brozak, Marketing Director (920) 655-2312

cbrozak@unityhospice.org

UNITY HOSPICE TO HOST VIRTUAL HONOR A LIFE GATHERING TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15th TO HONOR LOVED ONES WHO HAVE DIED

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Green Bay, Wis. – To help support and guide those who may be facing the darkness of loss and grief this holiday season, Unity Hospice invites those who have experienced the death of a loved one to join us Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00pm for our 6th Annual Honor a Life Holiday Gathering. This year’s event will be streamed LIVE on Unity’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UnityHospiceWI. This special program features reflection, music and holiday spirit to honor and remember loved ones who have died and find peace and hope with family and friends during the holiday season.

For those seeking a lasting way to honor loved ones, personalized 2020 Honor a
Life Keepsake Ornaments and engraved memorial bricks are available for
purchase. Proceeds ensure Unity, the area’s only locally owned non-profit
hospice provider, can continue to offer specialized end-of-life care and
compassionate grief support at no charge to the community. Orders are due by
November 30, 2020. Ornaments will be shipped via USPS directly to your home.
Memorial bricks will be installed in Unity’s Garden with a brick dedication to
take place in August 2021. To place an order, visit: https://unityhospice.org/honoralife. Please call Unity’s Grief Services Team at 800-990-9249 with any questions.

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About Unity

Unity is a nonprofit provider of hospice care, palliative care and grief support throughout 13 counties in Northeast Wisconsin. A continuation of Bellin Hospice, founded in 1977, Unity was the first hospice in Wisconsin and the third in the nation. Patients and loved ones are served by more than 235 paid employees and nearly 300 volunteers living the mission of bringing the best end-of-life experience by delivering unwavering strength, compassion and support. Unity is a caring, nonprofit partnership of Bellin Health, HSHS St Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and HSHS St. Vincent Hospital.

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