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Top 10 Businesses of the Year Archives

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.

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It's time to find out if your business has what it takes to become one of the 2015 Top 10 Businesses of the Year in Waukesha County! Any company that has been in business for a minimum of three years and has a significant presence in southeastern Wisconsin is eligible. So, why not look into applying for you or a client?


Deadline for entries is Friday, March 6, 2015




Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.

Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd, Pewaukee


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Congratulations to the 2014 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’re honored to recognize such outstanding companies in this year’s Top 10 Businesses of the Year awards program,” said Suzanne Kelley, president, Waukesha County Business Alliance. “This year’s winners are absolutely outstanding examples of the strong, innovative and thriving companies we have in southeastern Wisconsin.” Read more here.


Top 10 Businesses of the Year:

Badger Alloys, Inc.

Principals/Executive Staff: Rob Cowen, President and CEO; Kristen Koch, CFO

Industry: Manufacturing/Wholesale

Full-time Employees: 122


Capri Senior Communities

Principals/Executive Staff: James Tarantino, Principal; Glen Choban, Vice President; Jen Kessel, Director of Independent Living; Andy Lange, Director of Assisted Living; Allie Putland, Controller; Karen Doering, Director of Human Resources; Aaron Matter, Development Manager

Industry: Property Management/Senior Living

Full-time Employees: 108



Principals/Executive Staff: Chad Albrecht, President; Amy Fallucca, VP, Human Resources; Jacob Scherrer, Corporate VP; Dave Rice, VP, Sales; Tim Eiring, VP, Madison

Industry: Technology

Full-time Employees: 114


EmbedTek LLC

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: 65


First Bank Financial Centre

Principals/Executive Staff: Mark Mohr, President & CEO; Mark McCune, Senior Vice President & Chief Lending Officer; Nate Zastrow, Senior Vice President & CFO

Industry: Financial Services

Full-time Employees: Did Not Disclose


Gustave A. Larson Company

Principals/Executive Staff: Scott Larson, President/COO; Andrew Larson, CEO; Brad Lamers, VP/CFO; Dan Benischek, VP of Operations; Greg Toler, VP Supply Chain

Industry: Manufacturing/Wholesale; Distribution HVAC/R

Full-time Employees: 381


Hunzinger Construction Company

Principals/Executive Staff: John C. Hunzinger, President; James R. Hunzinger, Executive VP; Kevin P. O’Toole, Executive VP; Joel Becker, P.E., VP of Field Operations; Tim Van Dyn Hoven, VP, Project Executive; Jon Jansen, P.E., Project Executive; Larry Palank, P.E., VP Preconstruction Services

Industry: Building/Construction

Full-time Employees: 42


Hydro - Thermal Corporation

Principals/Executive Staff: Jim Zaiser, President; Gary Zaiser, CEO; Thomas G. Tellefson, CFO

Industry: Manufacturing/Wholesale

Full-time Employees: 57


Stan's Fit For Your Feet and New Balance Milwaukee

Principals/Executive Staff: Jim Sajdak, C.Ped., President/CEO; Linda Timm, Vice President/COO; Bob Witczak, General Manager; Megan Sajdak, C.Ped., Marketing Director

Industry: Retail

Full-time Employees: 40


Waukesha Metal Products - #1 Business of the Year

Principals/Executive Staff: Jeffrey Clark, President/CEO; Michael Steger, VP/COO; Nicholas Schneider, VP Sales/Marketing

Industry: Manufacturing/Wholesale

Full-time Employees: 137


Community Distinction Award:

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts

Principals/Executive Staff: Jonathan Winkle, Executive Director; Megan Huse, Development Director; Anna Helgeson, Education & Visual Art Director; Jon Sorenson, Finance Director; Jennifer Bauer, Marketing Director; Chris Blad, Production & Facilities Director

Industry: Non-profit Arts Organization

Full-time Employees: 14


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