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These highly esteemed business awards are proudly given to companies that exhibit exceptional growth, a history of outstanding employee relations and a commitment to the community. Hosted annually with Biz Times Media, the luncheon includes a panel of the winning companies and announcement of the #1 Business of the Year.

Congratulations to the 2015 Top 10 Businesses of the Year!

The annual awards program recognizes companies headquartered in southeastern Wisconsin that have consistent financial growth and demonstrate a commitment to good business practice through their employee relations, customer-focused commitment and community service involvement.

"We look forward to celebrating the success of our 2015 Top 10 Businesses of the Year award winners,” said Suzanne Kelley, president, Waukesha County Business Alliance. “This highly deserving group of companies contribute significantly to the economic growth of our region."


Click here for 2015 Top 10 Businesses of the Year Awards Luncheon highlight video.


Top 10 Businesses of the Year:

Annex Wealth Management

This Elm Grove-based financial services company has grown 50 percent a year for the past three years and has tripled its number of employees in that span. The company has opened new offices in Lake Country and in Appleton. Annex provides truly independent wealth management advice.


Principals/Executive Staff: David Spano, President/CEO; Mark Oswald, CCO; Derek Felske, CIO; Melissa Case, CFO

Industry: Financial Services

Full-time Employees: 32


Aries Industries, Inc.

This Waukesha-based manufacturing company has grown to operate four locations throughout North America. Aries Industries specializes in repairing the underground infrastructure throughout this country. The company developed “The Anaconda” system using fiberglass and UV light to reline damaged pipes.


Principals/Executive Staff: Nicholas J. Kroll, President/CEO; Neal Mueller, Chief Financial Officer; R. Michael McGrew, Chief Technology Officer; Tom Antczak, Director of Engineering; Steven Cantwell, Vice President-Sales

Industry: Manufacturing/Wholesale

Full-time Employees: 125


EmbedTek LLC

EmbedTek manufactures complex embedded computers and integrated displays for its clients - mostly original equipment manufacturers, primarily medical equipment manufacturers, and industrial automotive companies. This dynamic company has grown from $1 million in revenue in 2010 to nearly $4 million in 2014.


Principals/Executive Staff: Dan Aicher, Chief Executive Officer; Tom Fotsch, Chief Operating Officer; Ted Platz, VP, Sales; Kent Tabor, Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Industry: Technology

Full-time Employees: 75        


Generac Power Systems

The Waukesha manufacturer of backup electrical generators launched its initial public stock offering in 2010 and has continued to grow at a remarkable pace ever since. Generac continues to enter new markets across the globe, has established new product designs and has improved its manufacturing processes. Generac now has more than 2,000 employees throughout southeastern Wisconsin.


Principals/Executive Staff: Aaron Jagdfeld, President, Chief Executive Officer; York A. Ragen, Chief Financial Officer; Terrence J. Dolan, Executive Vice President, Global Mobile Products; Russell S. Minick, Executive Vice President, North American Sales; Roger Pascavis, Executive Vice President, Strategic Global Supply; Allen Gillette, Executive Vice President, Global Engineering; Clement Feng, Senior Vice President, Marketing

Industry: Manufacturing/Wholesale

Full-time Employees: 2,223


HUSCO International - #1 Business of the Year

This Waukesha company works directly with original equipment manufacturers to design and build products that are integrated into larger systems in the automotive and off-highway mobile equipment. HUSCO continues to grow as a provider of parts for the automotive industry. Since 2010, the company has tripled its global sales and added several fuel-efficiency improving products to its portfolio.


Principals/Executive Staff: Austin Ramirez, CEO & President; Todd Zakreski, President HUSCO Automotive; Bob Mortensen, COO; Todd Hoytink, CFO

Industry: Manufacturing/Wholesale

Full-time Employees: 1,350


ProHealth Care

This signature health care provider has identified more than $50 million in expendable costs across its organization in recent years, doing its part to hold down costs for its patients. ProHealth Care is one of the region’s most important employers, growing to a workforce of nearly 3,000. In recent years, ProHealth Care has expanded to open several new facilities in the region.  The organization is set to open a new emergency department in Mukwonago later this summer, and has also embarked on the development of a state-of-the-art Cancer Center in Pewaukee that will open its doors in August.


Principals/Executive Staff: Susan Edwards, CEO; Ronald Farr, Chief Financial Officer; Steven Kulick, MD, Chief Medical Officer; Ken Price, Chief Administrative Officer; John Robertstad, President, Hospital Division; Jeff Squire, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer; Peter Bacon, Chief Business Development Officer; Philip Kubow, Chief Human Resources Officer; Brian Lipman, MD, President, Clinic Division; MaryLee Ratzel, Chief Legal Officer; Kathy Scott, Chief Innovation Officer

Industry: Insurance/Health Care

Full-time Employees: 2,811


Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.      

This Waukesha company provides a broad range of civil engineering and municipal services to its clients. The Great Recession took quite a toll on this company as the demand for engineering for new construction nearly ground to a halt, and the company was forced to reduce its workforce by 40 percent. However, Ruekert & Mielke somehow managed to weather the storm and has come out on the other side as a leaner and more efficient operator.


Principals/Executive Staff: William J. Mielke, CEO; Stanley R. Sugden, President; Steven C. Wurster, Senior Vice President/COO; Ryan T. Amtmann, Vice President; Kenneth R. Ward, Vice President; Jason P. Lietha, Vice President; Kenneth H. Williams, Secretary and CFO

Industry: Professional Services

Full-time Employees: 72


Swick Technologies LLC

This New Berlin company provides ongoing technical support and network solutions for clients at a fixed monthly fee. A commitment to strong customer service has helped Swick grow to more than $4 million annual revenues. The company moved to a new facility in 2012 and doubled the number of its employees. Swick expects to reach 35 employees by the end of 2015, and by the end of 2017 he expects to grow enough to need more space.


Principals/Executive Staff: Gary Swick, President; Isaac Monteagudo, Vice President

Industry: Technology

Full-time Employees: 27


Tailored Label Products, Inc.

This Menomonee Falls-based company has carved out a niche manufacturing in high endurance, technically complex polymer-based products. Tailored Label has grown to more than 90 employees and $19 million in annual revenues. Its customers include many household names such as Coca-Cola, GM, KIA, Hyundai and Toyota.


Principals/Executive Staff: Michael Erwin, CEO; Jeff Kerlin, President & COO; Tracy Tempenny, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Industry: Manufacturing/Wholesale

Full-time Employees: 90        

W.I.S. Logistics, Inc.

This third-party, full-service logistics provider excels in reliable transportation services for its clients. Three years ago, the company invested in a Transportation Management System that allows clients to manage contracts, quotes, shipments and expenses all in one system. In 2014, more changes emerged in the company’s website with the addition of a  Live Chat support feature, the purchase a new customer relations management system and the launch of its Entrepreneurial Operating system.


Principals/Executive Staff: Jonathan Teraoka, CEO; Janelle Teraoka, President; Stacy Kageff, Director of LTL Group; Angela Blattner, Director of LTL Group

Industry: Transportation

Full-time Employees: 14


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