Congratulations to our winners!

Last night, the Alliance partnered with Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and the Waukesha County Center for Growth to honor individuals, businesses and nonprofits who are making Waukesha County a great place to live, work and play. It was a great celebration!

We honored the Waukesha County Advocate of the Year – Dan Duchniak, general manager of the Waukesha Water Utility. The Waukesha County Advocate of the Year Award celebrates an individual who has demonstrated incredible dedication to making Waukesha County a vibrant and wonderful place to work, play and live. The award was created to honor and remember the late Bart Adams, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. Bart was a consistent voice for business within the Alliance and the broader community.

 

Advocate of the Year, pictured: Dan Duchniak, general manager of the Waukesha Water Utility, and Suzanne Kelley, president & CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance

 

We also honored the winners of the Small and Large Nonprofit of the Year. The Small and Large Nonprofit of the Year awards honor nonprofits with a significant presence in southeast Wisconsin who promote health, safety and quality of life; are financially sustainable; and engage in collaborations and partnerships. These top-performing nonprofits are committed to making a difference in our community.

 

The Small Nonprofit of the Year is the Waukesha County Community Foundation.

 

Small Nonprofit of the Year, pictured: Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow; Shelli Marquardt, president of the Waukesha County Community Foundation, Mike Ward, senior VP and Wisconsin reginal manager for US Bank; and Tim Casey, director of economic growth for the Waukesha County Center for Growth

 

The Large Nonprofit of the Year is Hope Center.

 

Large Nonprofit of the Year, pictured: Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow; Ralph Zick, executive director of Hope Center; Mike Ward, senior VP and Wisconsin regional manager for US Bank; and Tim Casey, director of economic growth for the Waukesha County Center for Growth

 

Finally, we announced the winners of the Small, Medium and Large Business of the Year. The Small, Medium and Large Business of the Year awards honor businesses with a significant presence in southeast Wisconsin who are committed to good business practices, are involved in their community, are committed to their customers and employees and demonstrate financial growth and consistency. In addition to being successful businesses, these companies are dedicated to their employees and customers and are invested in the communities in which they operate.

 

Small Business of the Year finalists, with the winner bolded: Lakeland Supply, Mama D’s Coffee, MSI General

 

Small Business of the Year, pictured: Suzanne Kelley, president & CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance; Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow; Vince Schmidt, president of Lakeland Supply; and Tim Casey, director of economic development for the Waukesha County Center for Growth

 

 

Medium Business of the Year finalists, with the winner bolded: Aries Industries, Best Version Media, VJS Construction Services

 

Medium Business of the Year, pictured: Suzanne Kelley, president & CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance; Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow; Jason Schneider, partner and director of project management for VJS Construction Services; and Tim Casey, director of economic development for the Waukesha County Center for Growth

 

 

Large Business of the Year finalists, with the winner bolded: Bruno Independent Living Aids, Milwaukee Tool, Spancrete

 

Large Business of the Year, pictured: Suzanne Kelley, president & CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance; Katie Gavin, vice president of human resources for Milwaukee Tool; Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow; and Tim Casey, director of economic development for the Waukesha County Center for Growth

 

Congratulations to all finalists and winners!