Leadership Kenosha – February 2017

The theme of the February 2017 Leadership Kenosha class was,”You Either Lead By Example or You Don’t Lead At All,” which explored the Kenosha business climate, while learning about local businesses, and discussed the skills needed to lead the process of change.

The meeting was hosted by ULINE at their Pleasant Prairie headquarters and featured a tour and overview of the companies’ tremendous growth. The day included a panel on Business and Economic Development in Kenosha County, lunch with Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, a presentation by Esther Letven on how to manage and get through change in your life (which the class agreed that this helped us not only to deal with our staff and coworkers in times of change or transition, but also helped realize for ourselves what we need to do ourselves as leaders in times of change), and the final piece of the day: a discussion and a hand-on activity presented by our Leadership Kenosha classmates, Tom, Amanda and Jennifer. Their presentation was on “Leading by Example” and demonstrated that to be a good leader, you need to be supportive with your team and help guide them to success.

This month’s class was a good one, teaching us all that to be good leaders we need to show the way, and also be willing and able to deal with change as it comes our way!

Submission from Leadership Kenosha classmate Colleen Myers employed by Kenosha News

Clark Dietz, Inc. Announces 2017 Board of Directors/Shareholders

KENOSHA, WI, February 17, 2017 – Clark Dietz, Inc., one of the Midwest’s leading professional consulting engineering firms announced that Sean Widener, PE, and Stacie Dovalovsky, PE have been elected to the firm’s 2017 Board of Directors.

“Both Sean and Stacie are highly competent and dedicated individuals. They have demonstrated their deep commitment to our profession, our clients, and the future of our firm.” said John Boldt, CEO. “They will be strong additions to our leadership team.”

Re-elected board members include: John Boldt, PE, FACEC (Chairman, President and CEO); Charles Craddock, PE (Executive Vice President and COO); Jerry Payonk, PE (Executive Vice President); Hans Peterson, PE (Senior Vice President/Treasurer); Al Staron, PE (Senior Vice President/Secretary); Nancy Hiner (Senior Vice President); Mustafa Emir, PhD, PE (Vice President); Wes Christmas, PE (Vice President/Assistant Treasurer); and Jon Howaniec, PHR (Vice President).

Tonia Speener, PE, and Sean Marzano, PE, have been elected as new shareholders.

Clark Dietz, Inc. is a recognized leader in transportation, civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering with over 110 professional staff in regional offices in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Palmen Motors Celebrates 80th Anniversary

Congratulations to Palmen Motors on their 80th Anniversary!  This multi-generation, family-owned business, with two locations in Kenosha and one location in Racine, was founded in 1937 by Howard Palmen as an automobile service business. From there the business was expanded to sell automobiles. Palmen Motors is focused on customer satisfaction and maintaining a well-trained staff of professionals. They carry a variety of automobile manufacturers so you find the right vehicle to fit your life.

Chamber Contracts With eCertify

The Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce has contracted with eCertify to process Certificates of Origin electronically. The move was in response to U.S. exporters losing funds to impound and dock fees while they wait for paperwork delays.

Most of the world uses an electronic system which started in Asia and was swiftly put in place throughout the world by 2013. The United States of America is the only major country still processing Certificates of Origin on paper. A Certificate of Origin is a document attesting that the goods in an export shipment have been produced or manufactured in a particular location. The Certificate of Origin, whether as a paper form or as an electronic document, is completed by the exporter and is often certified by a local Chamber of Commerce in that location.

The Chamber contracted with eCertify after careful review and spoke at length with other Chambers utilizing the service, which is recommended by both American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). eCertify.com is relatively easy to use and allows businesses to continue using their own software or gives the option to use a standard selection of forms. In addition, Businesses can upload a custom seal or logo and an electronic signature. eCertify.com even stores the electronic certificates for 7 years so businesses can refer back to them.

This service is offered to Chamber Members and will also be offered to nonmembers in the greater Kenosha County area. Turn around is almost immediate during regular business hours. Lou Molitor, President & CEO, said, “The ease of use is was the deciding factor. Member exporters no longer have to leave the warehouse or office to get their paperwork stamped and they can continue using their current system. Talking to other Chambers and hearing about the delays and dock fees U.S. exporters have experienced, convinced us to move forward with eCertify and help our Members operate more efficiently in a global economy.”

Exporting businesses located in Kenosha County who need Certificates of Origin should contact the Chamber office at (262)654-1234, ext-3, or info@kenoshaareachamber.com for further information.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Ribbon Cutting

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market opened Tuesday, January 24th, and are kicking off a week filled with fun activities, live music, and demonstrations. Stop by and see the new store! At Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets enjoy FRESH food at refreshingly LOW prices! Locally grown, often organic, fresh-off-the-farm produce is the nucleus of the store. Surrounding the fresh produce, the goodness continues with natural meats, fresh seafood, hearty breads, natural and organic bulk foods, and aisles of nutritious and delicious groceries.

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
7100 Green Bay Road
Kenosha, WI 53142
(262) 612-8495