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2015 Don Richards Leadership Award Recipient




Sandy Wysocki, director of audience development for The Milwaukee Business Journal, will receive the 2015 Don Richards Leadership Award, to be presented at the Alliance’s 97th Annual Meeting on Friday, Sept. 11 at Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center.


The Don Richards Leadership Award recognizes Wysocki’s outstanding achievements as a leader in the region, in addition to her tremendous community involvement with organizations throughout southeastern Wisconsin.   


“Sandy has worked to bridge Waukesha and Milwaukee counties and has a keen understanding of the issues affecting the region as a whole,” said Suzanne Kelley, president of the Waukesha County Business Alliance. “She is the true definition of a hands-on leader; numerous nonprofits and organizations throughout the community benefit from her time and service.”


Sandy is a member of multiple boards including the Waukesha County Business Alliance (immediate past Board Chair), Professional Dimensions, Milwaukee Women inc. (Board Vice Chair), Literacy Services of Wisconsin, the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County, I Back Jack Foundation and The Women’s Center.  She is also a member of the Board Development Committee for the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast and Marketing Advisory Board for the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).  She has also been a volunteer and cabinet member for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF). 


Over the past 13 years, Wysocki has led efforts resulting in circulation growth of the weekly print publication and email newsletters.   In her marketing role, she works with dozens of professional and nonprofit organizations in coordinating all marketing and sponsorship agreements.  A frequent speaker, she also presents The Business Journal’s Smart Reader and Book of Lists 101 seminars to area companies and job seeker groups. 


The Don Richards Award celebrates the life of the late Don Richards, who was publisher of The Business Journal and Chairman of the Board of the Waukesha Area Chamber of Commerce (now known as Waukesha County Business Alliance). The late Don Richards’ hands-on leadership, ethics and delight in achieving tangible results left a lasting impression on the Waukesha County business community. The Don Richards Leadership Award was created in his honor in 1993 to inspire and motivate business people to take community leadership roles in Waukesha County.


Don Richards Leadership Award Past Recipients

2014 – William J. Mielke, Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.
2013 – Stuart Schroeder, The Schroeder Group, S.C., Attorneys At Law
2012 – Thomas E. Dalum, DUECO, Inc.
2011 – Margaret Farrow, Community Leader & Former Lt. Governor
2010 – Jim Lindenberg, Milwaukee Wave
2009 – Patti Wallner, Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce
2008 – Terry Jannsen, Jannsen + Company, S.C.
2007 – Ken Riesch, R&R Insurance Services, Inc.
2006 – Anne & Bryce Styza, Harmony Homes
2005 – Joanne B. & A. William Huelsman, Berg Management
2004 – Andrea & Anthony Bryant, Century Fence
2003 – Don Taylor, Waukesha State Bank
2002 – Lynn Revoy, Waukesha County Technical College
2001 – Rexford W. Titus, III, Waukesha Memorial Hospital
2000 – Dick Richards, Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center
1999 – Leon Janssen, GE Medical Systems
1998 – Peter Lettenberger, Quarles & Brady
1997 – Al Link, Link Associates
1996 – Martin Frank, Waukesha State Bank
1995 – Donald Fundingsland, Waukesha Hospital System
1994 – Richard W. Marlow, Hardy-Marlow, Inc.

For more information, please contact the Alliance at 262.542.4249 or alliance@waukesha.org.