Faces of Milwaukee 2018

The Faces of Your Favorite Furniture Store:

Fringe Interior Design & Home Furnishings
Kristen Bentrup, Jessica Forston & John Edbauer, ASID

Voted as Best Home Accessories and Furniture Store of 2018, Fringe is certainly not your typical furniture store. Owners Jessica Forston and John Edbauer have created a fun, low-pressure atmosphere unlike other stores. Their showroom has distinctive furniture, art, lamps, area rugs and accessories.

Not only is Fringe the best of its kind, but the honest design service you receive in making sure you don’t make any costly mistakes is key to their business. “Honesty is what we thrive on. We want to make sure we give you the best options and are realistic about it at the same time,” Forston says, “from choosing the correct paint color for your room to space planning to perfection.”

“We have such a unique mix of comfort and style,” added Edbauer, “for family-friendly or for the single life. It definitely sets us apart!”

The Faces of Beauty & Strength:

Azana Salon & Spa
Tami, Ali, Roxanne, Ell, Jrystal, Esmeralda, Paula, Ruby, Tami, Sophie, Angie

For over 18 years, Azana Salon and Spa has been providing the ultimate in salon and spa services and luxurious products. Its highly trained and licensed staff has been serving clients from all over the world. Azana offers hair, nail and makeup services in its first-floor salon and massage, facial, waxing, body and chemical treatments in our second-floor spa. Men’s and women’s locker rooms equipped with showers are adjacent to our tranquil relaxation room, just two of the amenities offered to Azana clients.

Each member of the staff is a pioneer in the beauty industry. Because of their commitment to continued education in current trends and cutting-edge techniques, the staff can specialize in looks and results unachievable by most others. If you’re searching for a unique look that is second to none, your search is over! There are over 60 licensed and specialized service providers that are guaranteed to exceed your expectations. Thank you for choosing Azana Salon and Spa!

The Faces of Milwaukee Real Estate:

The Jay Schmidt Group of Keller Williams Realty
Ross Treffert, Tom Stoffel, Kyle Szef, Adam Fudala, Erika Donnelly, Leah Tallon, Dan Mickelsen, Cathy Reilly, Beverly Drummond, Danielle Forrest, Dj Friesch, Kimberlee Vlaski, Adrianna Liss, Jennifer Whitener, Jay Schmidt, Katie Neville, Lindsey Vebber, Janine Werner, Kelly Nikolanci, Jeff Konig, Holly Gamblin, Molly Triggs, Blake Mckinney, Helen Sampson, Lindsay Andrews, Ted Aydt

Your home is a special place and the Jay Schmidt Group wants you to know who you’re inviting inside. As the No. 1 real estate sales team in Metro Milwaukee, not only are you getting experienced specialists with well-rounded knowledge of the market, you’re also getting a compassionate group of professionals who strive to provide unmatched service whether you’re a seasoned home seller or a first-time buyer.

The Jay Schmidt Group truly believe “It takes a village” and applies its focused team approach to every transaction, no matter the price point. It’s universal knowledge that selling and buying houses can be stressful, which is why these realtors made it their ultimate goal to successfully guide clients through the process. Each team member does what they do best from negotiating on your behalf to staging and home preparation to marketing to meeting every contingency and deadline on your way to the closing table. This personal, one-on-one attention is what separates the Jay Schmidt Group from the rest and keeps clients informed and happy from beginning to end.

Invite them inside. Their focus is on you.

The Face of Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery:

Skiin Anti-Aging Lounge
Alex Colque Plastic Surgery

Dr. Alex Colque is proud to be the face of cosmetic and plastic surgery in Milwaukee. As a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery of the face and body, he brings state-of-the-art and advanced techniques to his patients in the Milwaukee area and from around the country.

As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Colque routinely performs cosmetic procedures of the face and body such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks, facelifts, eyelid rejuvenation, breast lifts, arm lifts, mommy makeovers and the most advanced buttock enhancement surgeries including the Brazilian butt lift. He believes surgical enhancements should not alter the qualities that make you unique, but highlight the beauty that exists in each individual. Through his vast skill set and expert surgical precision, Dr. Colque is able to give men and women the self-confidence and physicality they have always dreamed of.

Dr. Colque is also the medical director of SKIIN, the Milwaukee area’s national award-winning, full-service medical spa and anti-aging lounge. SKIIN is well known for its team of experienced medical aestheticians and nurses. With over 100 years of combined experience, SKIIN is able to provide a variety of the most advanced medical, preventative and restorative skin care programs and treatments. SKIIN has been the recipient of the National Medical Aesthetics Award of Excellence and offers the exclusive Skiinsider membership program.

Under the direction of Dr. Colque, SKIIN is also a national training center for CoolSculpting, the most state-of-the-art noninvasive body fat reduction treatment. SKIIN offers comprehensive treatment to transformation programs in a specific CoolSculpting suite at its expanded office.

“All of my treatment plans are customized for each individual patient based on their specific anatomy and goals,” says Dr. Colque.

Cosmetic consultations are complimentary! Dr. Colque and his staff work closely with patients to provide individual treatment plans for beautiful, natural results!

The Faces Of Small Project Professionals:

J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. – Special Projects Group
Josh Backhaus, Project Manager; Devin Smith, Project Manager; Samantha Garni, Project Coordinator; Mike Gibson, Project Manager; Mark Kuphal, Special Projects Supervisor; B.J. Bowen, Special Projects Group Manager; Pat O’Neill, Special Projects Supervisor

Findorff is one of the Midwest’s leading builders and has a rich construction history spanning 128 years. As the company has evolved, so has its services. Several years ago, Findorff introduced its Special Projects Group, which focuses on small-scale construction projects that average less than $40,000. As time has progressed, the group has earned a reputation for quality craftsmanship and top-notch service. Within the greater Milwaukee area, the group has skillfully managed over 500 construction projects in the past five years alone.

Findorff’s Special Projects Group also brings cost-effective solutions at competitive rates. That said, our team of experts is committed to completing projects on time and under budget. From minor repairs to ADA upgrades and buildouts, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to make your project a success. In other words, Findorff’s Special Projects Group is your expert in building projects of all shapes and sizes.

Additionally, Findorff’s Special Projects Group doesn’t only build spaces. It can also be your go-to resource for budgeting, estimating and planning various scopes of work throughout the Midwest. The Special Projects Group is also well versed in multiple market sectors, ranging from tenant improvements for commercial developers to creating secured entries for school buildings, as well as enhancing health care environments.


The Faces Of Homebuilding:

Belman Homes
Back row: Bill Schmidt, Aleta Bernard, Jim Singsime, Jeff Kmiecik, Kathryn Vitulli
Front row: Nicole Be Cher, Paul Atkinson, Haylee Bandee, David Belman, Lind A Jason, Nicole Anders On, Katie Salinas

A second-generation builder, David Belman has emerged as a leader in the industry and is the most quoted builder in Wisconsin. As a trusted expert, he provides homebuilding and industry news to publications around the state. Representing a new generation of homebuilders, David brings innovation and a fresh approach to the industry. Known as “the friendliest builder in Wisconsin,” his firm, Belman Homes, is an industry leader with a vision of “Creating the Ultimate Building Experience, One Customer at a Time.” His commitment to company culture has fostered an award-winning building team that provides handcrafted homes and an amazing customer experience.

Belman Homes has won numerous local awards including multiple Top Choice Awards for Best Home Builder and multiple People’s Choice Awards for Parade of Homes models. His firm was nationally recognized for Best Company Culture and Best Young Entrepreneur for North America. This year, David received the Metropolitan Builders Association 2017 Builder of the Year Award and was also awarded Waukesha Citizen of the Year.

David’s passion for homebuilding extends deeply into the industry and community. Volunteering his time and leadership to improve the industry, he has served as 2017 President of the Wisconsin Builders Association and President of the Metropolitan Builders Association in 2016.

Belman’s strong philanthropy efforts have brought Operation Finally Home, a national charity providing mortgage-free homes to wounded war heroes, to Wisconsin. Rallying trades, suppliers and the community to support the cause, he has taken the program to the next level by building and providing three free homes to deserving veterans.

The Faces Of Financial Planning:

Melinda Wilke & Associates | Northwestern Mutual | Physicians Nationwide
Melinda Wilke CFP®, RICP®, CLU®, CHFC®, CLF®; Sarah Delgadillo; Patricia Sara; Melinda Wilke; Renee Preis

Melinda Wilke & Associates’ mission is to help clients realize their financial goals and dreams through collaborative and holistic planning. Their team helps prepare and anticipate for the best- and worst-case scenarios, developing a plan for client’s families and the steps needed to achieve their financial dreams. This financial planning firm specializes in wealth management, retirement distribution and tax efficiency planning for physicians, executives and business owners. The firm’s nationwide practice is located in Hales Corners.

The Faces Of Building Foundations:

Verette Construction
Dave Lublin, Allen Verette, Jason Schultz, Rob Redding, Wes Thompson

Verette Construction was started in 1969 by founder Cliff Verette. Ten years ago, Allen Verette, David Lublin and Rob Redding became the new owners and faces of Verette, continuing the company’s tradition of providing extraordinary customer service and even better craftsmanship. Today, the company brings over 150 years of combined experience to repairing foundations on residential and commercial properties in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Among the basement excavation services Verette provides are increasing the height and square footage of a basement and supporting additions to a property. Diagnosing and fixing water and moisture problems is their specialty.

In addition, Verette installs egress windows, allowing light to flow into a renovated basement or any other space in your home. The company also provides masonry repair.

Verette strives to make your home a safe place for you and your family, and to increase your enjoyment of the space. And when the time comes to sell, the work that Verette has done will quite likely increase your home’s value.

The Face Of Expert In Real Estate:

Shorewest Realtors®
Jack H. Smith; Tyler J. Stanley

Hire an EXPERT.

“If you hire me, you get me.”

Jack H. Smith prefers an individual approach to real estate and makes sure that he is available to his clients 24-7-365. He is always available. This close personal attention allows Jack to build relationships that help him understand exactly what clients are looking for in buying or selling a home. His main goal is for clients to be beyond pleased with their real estate experience and he strives to deliver that level of customer service in each relationship.

Jack has worked all over the Milwaukee area and knows the neighborhoods well. Because he has firsthand knowledge of so many local areas, he is well-suited to provide expert opinions to clients and help them find the right match for their lifestyle. Many of the buyers Jack represents are new to Milwaukee, moving here not only from around the country, but also from around the world. “Shorewest has a vast relocation department and gets the greatest number of people who are relocating here,” he says.

With over $350 million in career sales, 30 years of real estate experience and dedication to customer service, Jack would love to help with your next real estate transaction.

The Faces of Exceptional Personal Injury Lawyers:

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®
Robert Jaskulski, Molly Lavin, Elissa Bowlin, Douglas Swanson, Laurence Fehring, Timothy Trecek, Benjamin Wagner, Susan Tyndall, Christine Esser, Jesse Blocher

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® has been Wisconsin’s premier personal injury law firm for more than 75 years. Due to its historical and continued successes in the courtroom, the firm often achieves winning results for clients without the need of going to trial. Equally notable is its commitment to the Greater Milwaukee community. Partners in the firm created the Habush Habush & Rottier Charitable Foundation after years of courtroom victories. Through the firm and its Charitable Foundation, they have distributed over 110,600 bicycle helmets to children, contributed more than $50,000 to Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin, and are supporting and partnering with over 85 charitable, civic and philanthropic organizations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin in 2018. In addition, firm lawyers have lectured to thousands of high school students about the dangers of texting and driving.

Timothy Trecek teaches Advanced Trial Practice at Marquette University Law School, serves on the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, and has twice been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in Wisconsin for product liability law. Laurence Fehring volunteers for the Friends of the Domes and is on the MU Law Alumni Board. Robert Jaskulski provides legal services to his local youth sports program and is active in his parish.

Benjamin Wagner is the immediate past president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice and serves on the boards of Discovery World, Safe & Sound, Sojourner Family Peace Center and the Neuroscience Board of Medical College of Wisconsin.

Christine Esser volunteers for Helping Hands Healing Hooves and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County and serves on the board of the Ozaukee County 4-H Horse and Pony Project. Susan Tyndall volunteers at the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion. Doug Swanson has held several leadership positions for the Waukesha County Bar Association and is involved with the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary.

Molly Lavin is on the Board of March of Dimes and is a youth soccer coach. Jesse Blocher coaches the National Appellate Moot Court teams at MU Law School. Elissa Bowlin is active in the community and serves on the School Advisory Committee at St. Dominic in Brookfield.

The Face Of Matchmaking:

Affluent Amore Matchmakers
Shawn Alderton, CEO & Professional Certified Matchmaker

She is known as the “Queen of Matchmaking!” Shawn has taken the Milwaukee, Chicago and the entire Midwest singles market by storm with her now several years of experience in matchmaking and over 10 years as an executive recruiter.

First comes the introduction and then, after receiving initial feedback from both parties, “it’s a match” is confirmed! “One of the best parts of my job is hearing back from my clients… ‘We are engaged, Shawn’ or ‘We are now happily married” says Shawn. “Truly nothing makes me happier.”

Shawn became the Midwest’s FIRST and ONLY certified matchmaker when she graduated from the top matchmaking school in NYC several years ago. “I only work with professional, successful men as my clients,” explains Shawn. Women can join the matchmaker’s database at absolutely no cost and then be introduced to her discerning gentlemen. “The majority of my clients come to me because they are tired of wasting time and want to cut to the chase and find THE ONE,” states Shawn. “Many male clients have previously selected the wrong partner for themselves and want to work with an expert to now choose a compatible life partner for the long run.”

“I have also been really successful working with widowers,” says Shawn. “Getting back out there in the dating scene can be really challenging, especially for someone who has been with the same partner for over 30 years, and this is where my date coaching comes into play.” Shawn helps her clients comfortably transition back into dating again, which is included as part of her service.

Shawn maintains an office in Milwaukee’s Third Ward and has appeared several times on the Morning Blend show, CBS News and has been interviewed on numerous radio stations on her matchmaking expertise.

The Faces Of Auto Dealers In Mega Milwaukee:

Eric Ewald, ADAMM, Chairman-Elect, General Manager Ewald Automotive; Roman Weninger, ADAMM, Chairman, Owner, CEO of 5 Corners Jeep Dodge Chrysler & Ram; John Pentler, ADAMM, Chairman-Elect,General Manager Uptown Motors

The Auto Dealers Association of Metro Milwaukee (ADAMM) is an association of new car and truck dealers located in Southeastern Wisconsin. ADAMM owns the Greater Milwaukee International Car and Truck show that occurs annually in February at the Wisconsin Center District Convention Center in Downtown Milwaukee. ADAMM also provides training and other services to its members. Over the last nine years, the association has donated over $1.35 million to local charities, in addition to all of the individual efforts of their dealer members. In 2016, the Al Hurvis / ADAMM Educational Foundation was established with Tom Hurvis, the co-founder of Old World Industries, owner of the family of Peak Performance products. Every year, scholarships are awarded to financially challenged students in Southeastern Wisconsin with excellent academic and extracurricular accomplishments.

The Face Of Neurosurgery:

Shekhar A. Dagam, M.D.

Dr. Shekhar A. Dagam is known for his compassion, commitment and advanced techniques, becoming one of the most trusted neurosurgical doctors in Southeastern Wisconsin. Dr. Dagam continues to impress patients with cutting-edge techniques such as minimally invasive spine surgery, which is in high demand right now. He’s also impressing other doctors, as seen in his peer nomination for inclusion in Milwaukee Magazine’s 2015 and 2016 Top Doctors.

Dr. Dagam completed his fellowship and residency at the top-rated Mayo Clinic and is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. His philosophy is that an informed patient will continuously have the best results and this is executed through a personal approach. To make sure each patient is well informed about their treatment options and their recovery process, Dr. Dagam and his staff will take as much time as needed with their patients.

The Face of Lake Country Real Estate:

Pat Bolger, Pat Bolger Realty Group

Pat outsells most competitors and gets rave client reviews. To see what makes his business tick, you have to look beyond the obvious when you pay him a visit.

If you’ve never met Pat Bolger, you might picture him wearing a designer suit with a lavish, lakeside office to match. The truth is, Pat is not a showy guy. He’s too busy visiting properties and making deals to worry about keeping up with the Joneses or what hangs on the walls of his office. His listings are Lake Country’s finest homes with gorgeous views, outstanding architecture and charm. The nondescript strip mall that houses The Pat Bolger Realty Group office is a diamond in the rough.

When you walk in the office, you’ll find a supersized black leather couch in the waiting area and a fl at-screen TV tuned to SportsCenter. Most of the action takes place in a large room lined with whiteboards that track active listings, active buyers and the progress of sold transactions. A big dining room table has been converted into Pat’s desk, with all of his active files within his reach on the tabletop. Dozens of real estate awards are piled up in the corner. Their placement reveals that he’s a little uncomfortable with accolades. When asked if he plans to hang them, he laughs and says “No, probably not.”

Focus is a part of Pat’s master plan. He concentrates on what he knows, and he knows Lake Country like the back of his hand. Bolger doesn’t have to research the lakes. He already knows the difference between good frontage and bad, where the weeds and stumps are, and where you’ll find the best spots for swimming and water-skiing. “I do a video campaign every week featuring the best shops, restaurants, cool things and the people who make Lake Country living special. It’s a lot of fun and people are watching. We post our videos through social media and consistently draw more than 12,000 viewers.”

Bolger’s mastery in garnering a digital audience brings us back to the art of exposure, something he appears to have down, well, pat. He has assembled his own dream team of experts in home staging, photography, videography, and writing. “More exposure with quality material means more money for my clients and that’s a win.” Just don’t try giving credit to the unassuming king. “My clients are my partners. After all, it’s their home and their money. We get the job done together. Their success is my success.”

The Faces Of Retirement Planning:

Myklebust, Horne & Fies Financial Group
Seated: Katie Ryan Pluer, Barry Fies, Maria Roloff, Kelly Rushman, Christie Horne
Standing: Mary Jo Otto, Heather Gorichanaz, Hans Myklebust, Donna Siegworth, David Horne, Zack Horne, Kim Kaschak, Angela Kjorlien

As a premier wealth management practice, the Myklebust, Horne & Fies Financial Group goes beyond just helping you manage your investments. Through their comprehensive approach, these planners serve as guides for clients as they begin to unwind their hard-earned retirement savings. They have found over the years that most advisers are good at growing funds for their clients. However, when it comes to the time in clients’ lives where they are now utilizing those funds as income in lieu of a paycheck, there are many more areas to consider in order to develop an effective distribution strategy. Here are the additional items where these advisers will help clients be as strategic as possible in all areas of distribution:

  • Retirement Income and Distribution Planning
  • Social Security Analysis Tax Efficiency Concepts
  • Roth Conversion Strategies
  • Strategic Investing Insurance Planning
  • Legacy and Estate Planning

This financial group provides thorough feedback on all areas, to become true partners in their clients’ financial success throughout their retirement years. The level of care and the services provided leave clients feeling secure and ready for the future!

The Faces of Trend & Beauty:

Get Dolled Up Beauty Lounge
Eli Bubb, Emily Vaughn, Si Sayaovong, T.J. Rosbeck, Jeanette Alonso, Geri Beth Stigen, Kayla Sparapane, Will Lanphear, Autumn Greenwood

WISN 12’s A-LIST WINNER and Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award recipient, Get Dolled Up Beauty Lounge, is known for balayage, precision haircuts, specialty colors, microblading and ombré powder brows, Brazilian blowouts, hair extensions, bridal party services and more! Their passion, professional experience and artistry give you, their “Dolls,” the best salon and beauty lounge experience around! Their Beauty Lounges are an eclectic, professional, fun and cutting-edge space. The old-Hollywood style decor and diverse group of stylists are as laid-back as it gets, but don’t be fooled: They take hair very seriously!

Led by Schwarzkopf Professional Artist, owner and stylist Geri Beth, this team of fabulous professionals will assure that you receive the best and most cutting-edge services every time you walk into their Milwaukee salons. Excelling in blonding techniques, major color transformations and intense vivid shades, Geri Beth has brought the inspiration of color all over the United States. Her leadership team includes several others at both locations.

At Get Dolled Up Shorewood, Schwarzkopf Professional ASK Expert and manager T.J. specializes in healthy, natural-looking colors, red and copper fashion tones, and precision haircuts. He has worked the longest with Geri Beth at just over 10 years. At Get Dolled Up Bay View, co-manager Kayla specializes in balayage color services and airbrush make-up services. With Kayla at Bay View is Wedding Services Coordinator Eli. She is the newest team member, specializing in dreadlocking, extensions and vivid hair colors. She also manages the Bridal Suite, which houses all the wedding services at Get Dolled Up Beauty Lounge.

Get Dolled Up caters to a wide variety of clientele and offers several specialty services. From haircuts and colors to microblading and ombré powder brows by Arri at the Shorewood Get Dolled Up Beauty Lounge, to natural spray tans at the Bay View Get Dolled Up Beauty Lounge, they’ve got you covered from head to toe! Come visit soon and re-fall in love with YOU.

The Faces of Your Trusted Real Estate Experts:

The Stallé Realty Group With Keller Williams Realty
Meghan Stallé, Martha Olla, Cathy Shaw, Maureen Stallé, Steph Conard, Will Stallé, Patrick Young

The Stallé Realty Group is a top team for the market-leading and cutting-edge Milwaukee real estate company, Keller Williams Realty. This group of agents is at the forefront of the industry with first-class service, expert negotiating and their reputation for exceptional results. Integrity, knowledge and relationships fuel the team’s success.

The Stallé Realty Group has perfected the systems and strategies to guide buyers and sellers carefully through each step of a real estate transaction. No single agent can effectively manage every detail of a real estate transaction. It is this collective lens that is the foundation of their collaborative approach. Each team member has a specific role in each transaction to ensure a seamless and stress-free process for their clients.

In today’s market, sellers need an aggressive marketing plan to get their home sold for top dollar, and buyers need insight, knowledge and guidance about the process. The home buying and selling process is one of the largest investment decisions a person will make. When you work with this team, you can be confident knowing you have a group of professionals looking out for you and your best interests!

As lifelong residents of Milwaukee with more than 20 years of real estate experience and over $45 million in sales for 2017, their knowledge runs deep and their roots are strong in the Milwaukee community.

The Faces Of Building Materials & Delivery Specialties:

Zuern Building Products Showrooms
Back Row: Mike Lawonn, Eric Novotny, Steve Wick, Brian Sutton, Steve Schrank, Ed Miller, Steve Schellinger
Middle Row: Seth Bartelt, Dan Anton, Dan Schraufnagel, Tim Congemi, Ryan Zuern
Front Row: Tom Schulz, Ron Koepsell, Bill Starich, Jim Mutz, Jamey Behrens, Wayne Ennis

Meet the Zuern Yard & Delivery team that prep and deliver your vision for your remodel or new build. From harsh winters to sizzling summers, they are out in the unpredictable Wisconsin weather every day making sure your project stays on track.

They rise with the sun to offer prompt and accurate delivery services available throughout Zuern’s entire service area, with state-of-the-art equipment and professional drivers. They deliver what you need, where you need it, when you need it. They operate a pristine fleet of boom trucks, tri-axles with MOFFETT, box trucks and flatbed trucks daily.

Contact them today and tell their helpful sales staff what you need. Have a question or need a product suggestion? Just ask, they have the answers. Need your material delivered on the ground of your job site? How about delivered on a roof? Tell them where you need it, and they’ll make sure to get it there. They understand that you have deadlines, and they’re here to help you meet them. Let them help you get the job done fast.

From their beginnings in 1953 as Allenton Lumber and Fuel with five employees, Zuern Building Products, through the dedication of now well over 100 employees, has grown to be one of the largest independent, family-owned and operated lumber and building material suppliers in Wisconsin.

Zuern Building Products supplies a full line of building materials to professional builders, remodelers and homeowners. They have four expansive lumberyards with complete showrooms in Allenton, Cedarburg, Franklin and Watertown. Since 1953 they’ve been family-owned and operated. They take pride in a tradition of providing high-quality building materials and valuable services to our customers. They are “Building on Service!”

The Faces Of Inclusion:

Special Olympics Wisconsin
Athletes & Unified Partners Re Presenting Team Wisconsin For The Special Olympics USA Games

2018 is a big year for Special Olympics. Fifty years ago, Special Olympics began the difficult task of making a more accepting world for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Familiar with Special Olympics as they may be, most Milwaukeeans probably don’t realize the city’s proximity to the genesis of what is now a worldwide movement that includes more than 5 million athletes in 172 countries.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics and sister of President John F. Kennedy, initiated the movement when she held the first Special Olympics International Summer Games at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 20, 1968.

Kennedy Shriver’s sister Rosemary lived most of her life at St. Coletta of Wisconsin in Jefferson, and her life with an intellectual disability is often credited as inspiring the creation of Special Olympics. The first Wisconsin state event took place in West Allis in 1969, just a year after those first fateful Special Olympics Games in Chicago.

Now, Special Olympics is a full-scale Inclusion Revolution. “Let us begin the Olympics,” Kennedy Shriver said 50 years ago. “Let us begin the next 50 years of Special Olympics,” we say now.

Check out Special Olympics Wisconsin and be inspired! You are invited to attend a free, 45-minute Revealing the Champion mission tour. Call Claire at 262.241.7786.

The Face Of Interior Design:

Nicholas Carl Konzal | Nicholas Carl Design

Nicholas Carl Design is an award-winning full-service interior design firm based in Milwaukee and serving Milwaukee, Chicago, and St. Petersburg and other West Florida communities. From a Third Ward penthouse build-out to a historic Lake Drive mansion, Nicholas Carl Design makes every space feel luxurious, comfortable and unique.

Nick’s design style is classic and modern, paying homage to the classic elements of design while also being on the cutting edge. It is deeply rooted in history while at the same time fashionable and current. He believes each room has the ability to flow as a work of art. The colors may reflect the tone of light out the window, or possibly the clean lines of the furniture and texture of the accent pieces. The space becomes an experience in itself. Nick’s designs frequently incorporate family heirlooms as well as artwork by local artists and artisans.

Nicholas Carl Design builds relationships with his clients, helping homeowners through the sometimes stressful renovation process. He’s been described as a true professional, yet very welcoming and honest. He makes an overwhelming process fun and exciting.

The Face Of Forensic Accounting:

Tracy Coenen, CPA, CFF | Sequence Inc. Forensic Accounting

It wasn’t an accident that Tracy Coenen became a forensic accountant. She always had an interest in the criminal justice system, with an eye toward becoming a prison warden.

While attending Marquette University, a specialty class in the criminology program called Financial Crime Investigation was enough to hook Tracy.

She worked as a financial statement auditor at the “Big Six” firm Arthur Andersen before moving to a small forensic accounting firm to learn the art of fraud investigations. Tracy stepped out on her own more than 18 years ago to start Sequence Inc., where she works exclusively in the area of forensic accounting.

Being a solo practitioner limits the number of cases Tracy can take on, but she loves the flexibility it provides. She gets to work personally with each of her clients to ensure a quality work product.

When finding lost or hidden money, Tracy is skilled at presenting the numbers in a very understandable way. The movement of money in fraud cases can be confusing, and her ability to tell a story and draw a picture is invaluable.

Whether it’s a divorce, a business deal gone bad, or a case of corporate fraud or embezzlement, Tracy can make sense of complicated financial situations and figure out exactly where the money went.

The Faces Of Homebuilding:

Tim O’Brien Homes | Sales Team & Construction Managers
Corey Gerth, Cindy Larkin, Susan Miller, Matt Kawczynski, Mike Krisik, Jamie Jesse, Sarah Petushek, Jackie Guansing, Eric Evans, Bob Laplante, Pete Brennan, Mary Zastrow

The employees of Tim O’Brien Homes are passionate about what they do and strive to achieve a genuine connection with each and every homeowner in order to build them the home of their dreams. They build every home as if it is their own and stand behind their work. Their award-winning designs and eco-friendly features make a new home a sound investment for now and for years to come.

A team of new home sales professionals and construction managers works together with you every step of the way. Their knowledge, guidance and expertise take you through each step of the homebuilding experience and give you reassurance and peace of mind you may not expect from a homebuilder. Members of the team have been nationally recognized for their customer satisfaction and excellent communication skills.

This past year, Tim O’Brien Homes received the National Housing Quality Gold Award® presented by Professional Builder Magazine. NHQ is a nationally recognized award that showcases the very best in the industry. It is a testament to the outstanding team at Tim O’Brien Homes – from their office team, to sales and construction managers and following the experience all the way through with their outstanding warranty team after move-in.

Stop by a model home to meet a member of the sales team. Visit TimOBrienHomes.com for virtual tours, interactive home plans and model home locations and hours.

The Faces Of Comprehensive Planning:

Prescient Financial Solutions
Matt Jablonski, CFP®, CIMA®; Jerry David, MBA, CLU®, CFP®, AEP®, CPWA®; Ian Crimmins;
Andy Pronold; Kevin Kundinger; Kathryn Reinick; Dan Guhl, CFP®; Peggy David (not pictured)

This is a team of highly credentialed professionals that advocates for clients by designing strategies to help optimize their financial goals. The team stands committed to personal and professional growth so it can continually provide innovative strategies, clarity and vision to complex financial situations. Members are passionate about guiding clients and pride themselves in the value of work provided.

The Face Of Signature Style:

David Caruso | Signature Style By David Caruso

For 16 years, Dynamic Events owner David Caruso has cultivated an international reputation for innovation in design of corporate events, parties, fundraising galas and weddings. He is a globally recognized public speaker who has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows, and his work has been featured in national publications such as BRIDES and Catering Magazine.

David now adds to his stylish reputation by launching his new brand, Signature Style by David Caruso, which currently offers two collections in partnership with BBJ Linen. Available for rent nationwide on SignatureStyleByDavidCaruso.com, both collections include tablecloths and napkins in fabrics hand-selected and conceived by David.

The Palm Beach Chic Collection by David Caruso is cool and refreshing with saturated hues, bold prints and tropical accents in a quirky, stylish palette. An eclectic mix of playful patterns and sophisticated design, it evokes a festive resort feel with a nod to Hollywood Glamour and Coastal Luxury.

The Vita Toscano Collection by David Caruso conjures up visions of sun-drenched Tuscany by reflecting the ambience and history of one of Italy’s most famous regions. The patterns and textures showcase the leisurely landscapes and stunning architecture that make Tuscany a favorite retreat.

And, because David always strives to exceed expectations, his website will soon offer goods capable of satisfying the most discriminating shopper. These will include exclusive yet affordable artisan pieces from creative partners around the globe. From silkscreened handbags to small-batch, unique hostess gifts, each item handpicked by David is designed to inspire and delight, making SignatureStyleByDavidCaruso.com a charming destination you’ll look forward to visiting again and again!

The New Face Of The Arts In Milwaukee:

Anna M. Thompson | Sharon Lynne Wilson Center For The Arts

An esteemed arts leader for 34 years, Anna M. Thompson joined the Greater Milwaukee community this May as the executive director of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts. Anna comes to the Wilson Center from the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she served for 2 1/2 years as the associate vice president and executive director, overseeing a $4.8 million budget and producing and presenting more than 700 performances, residencies and events annually. Previously a music educator, Anna served for eight years as executive director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Director for the Performing Arts at University of Notre Dame. Anna also spent 10 years in Minnesota at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. Before that, she served for 14 years as an arts administrator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Butler University and Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library.

Anna was drawn to the Wilson Center for its remarkable architecture, beautiful setting, diverse programming, demonstrated commitment to collaboration and mission to be the catalyst for lifelong discovery and exploration of the arts. Situated in Brookfield’s beautiful Mitchell Park, the Wilson Center has served as a west-side anchor in Milwaukee’s vibrant arts community since opening its doors in 2002, with year-round performances, arts education programs, classes, exhibitions, festivals, and special events. Now entering its 2018-2019 season, the Wilson Center annually engages more than 45,000 people, including more than 10,000 students every year, in the arts.

The Faces Of The Salvation Army Of Milwaukee County Social Services:

Left to right: Captain Christine Giffey-Brohaugh , Tom Flatley, Stephanie Kallas, Debra Lewis, Nancy Szudzik, Tracy Doro-Krueger, Major, Mary Boyle, Major Quentin Boyle, Alexandria Graham, Loni Fitzgerald

The Salvation Army is an international faith-based organization and the largest social services agency in the world. Since 1977, services for homeless and low-income individuals and families have been at the heart of The Salvation Army’s work in Milwaukee, as it helps to provide the most basic needs of shelter, food, clothing and medical attention.

In Milwaukee, The Salvation Army operates a 120-bed homeless shelter, the Emergency Lodge, which provides case management, employment services, and an on-site medical clinic.

Additional social services include: the Pathway of Hope program, permanent and transitional housing, protective payee services, emergency assistance, food pantries, and seasonal programs such as Coats for Kids, Toy Shop, Backpacks for Kids, and Feed the Kids, a summer program that distributes free lunches at sites across the city.

Case managers, medical personnel and other staff begin the process of providing each person opportunities to become healthy, employed, hopeful and independent from the moment an individual or family enters The Salvation Army’s programs. The stffa recognizes the skills and talents of each person and provides an environment that encourages and promotes self-worth and hope.

Since needs are ever-changing, The Salvation Army continuously plans and evaluates services in order to ensure the integrity and dignity of those served.

To learn more about The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County Social Services, visit www.SAmilwaukee.org or call 414-302-4300. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get daily updates.

The Faces Of Your Trusted Technology Advisers:

Eric Butlein, Todd Gourlie, Scott Hansen, Chris Durant, Jeremy Vierck, Jeff Van Domelen & Sam Luckow, Alexandra Detoro & John Detoro

For 17 years, Techteriors has been a trusted technology adviser in Wisconsin by creating Intelligent Environments™ in businesses and homes. Technology is changing constantly and virtually no one can keep up with all the changes- except for Techteriors! Because it’s what they do. Techterior clients trust in the company’s ability to meet or exceed their expectations in performance and service.

Techterior’s mission is twofold:
1. To provide commercial clients with innovative technology solutions to assist them in selling and delivering their products and services.

2. To protect and enhance the lives of residential clients through the use of technology in simple and innovative ways.

Techteriors, LLC is a full-service audio/video integration company providing design, engineering, installation, and service of easy-to-use, reliable solutions. It has specialized in custom A/V integration since 2001. Its employees have an unwavering commitment to customer service and support. It is locally owned and operated and can deploy a technical team rapidly and e…fficiently. There is a full-service TechCare™ service and support team on call and available to assist with any issues.

Provide Reliable, Easy-to-Use Technology Solutions
17 years in business
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Long-Term Trusted Partner – not a transaction!

The Face of Cosmetic Dentistry:

Dr. Tom A. Stamas, DDS | Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry

Imagine being able to change your chipped, crooked, worn or yellowed smile in as few as three visits to your dentist. Imagine undergoing extensive dental surgery in a relaxed, peaceful state and waking up to the smile of your dreams – with little to no memory of the procedure. This is all possible at the office of Dr. Tom A. Stamas, where he and his team are experts in cosmetic smile designs that completely transform your smile.

Dr. Stamas can correct a wide range of dental issues including broken and cracked teeth, and treat issues related to TMD or TMJ pain. He can perfect your bite and create the perfect environment for your teeth so you can maintain a beautiful smile for years.

Plus, Dr. Stamas offers complimentary smile design consultations in his extraordinary, state-of-the-art facility in Oconomowoc. Also included is complimentary non-intravenous conscious sedation. Start smiling again for real!

Call now to schedule your complimentary smile design consultation.

The Face Of Your MKE Photographer:

Linda Smallpage | Boutique Photographer

For over two decades, Linda Smallpage, owner of Boutique Photographer, has been the woman behind the lens creating images of Milwaukee business owners. Specializing in photographing people, she’s uniquely talented at capturing the true character and genuine expressions of each individual.

“Location, Location, Location” inspired the 2018 Faces of Milwaukee photo shoot. Over a month of photo shoots, the Faces behind successful Milwaukee businesses were photographed in a setting uniquely chosen for each portrait. Orchestrating a professional photograph, Linda is a pro at juggling all the necessary logistics. Finding a sunrise setting to photograph a truck, working on a site when a 100 children on a field trip are unexpectedly having lunch, booking a time where all 26 people on a team can be available, and keeping the lights from blowing over on a windy day are all part of the endeavors behind the scenes. Clearly the Faces of Milwaukee photo shoot is a dream job for this seasoned photographer!

Linda sees the potential of a portrait location, directs the photo shoot to represent the brand and helps people relax on camera. She’s a natural choice of photographer for the Faces of Milwaukee for her second year in a row.

The most recurring theme Linda heard from those photographed is their success is possible because of the remarkable team of people they surround themselves with. However successful, not everyone is eager to get in front of the camera, so Linda appreciates all the the trust and energy invested in these portraits proudly presenting the Faces of Milwaukee.