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Mark Koehl Elected to Capitol Bank’s Board of Directors

Madison, WI: Ken Thompson, President and CEO of Capitol Bank, is pleased to announce the election of Mark Koehl to the Board of Directors at Capitol Bank. Mark accepted the position in June and will serve a three-year term. Mark retired from Wipfli LLP on May 31, 2019, after 39 years of service, 28 of which he was a partner of the firm. During his career, he specialized in working with community banks in various Wisconsin markets. Mark has been involved on many community boards throughout his career, including his current position on the United Way of Dane County Board of Directors. He is a graduate of UW – Stevens Point and has been a CPA since 1980.

“Mark’s strong knowledge of the banking industry will be a valuable asset as our Board continues to navigate future strategic initiatives,” said Thompson.

Mark is a native of Stevens Point and currently lives in the Madison area. He has been married to his wife, Jean, for 40 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.

About Capitol Bank: Capitol Bank, locally owned and operated, is committed to serving the communities in which we live, work and do business. We are proud of the partnerships we have established with organizations, businesses and individuals in the Dane County area. Our philosophy of community support is demonstrated at the corporate level, as well as in the time and energy our employees devote to our community each year. Capitol Bank is Member FDIC.

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CEC Recognized on CRN’s 2019 Solution Provider 500 List

Hiawatha, IA July 11th, 2019 – CEC (Communications Engineering Company), a nationally recognized systems and technology integrator with locations in Iowa and Wisconsin, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named CEC to its 2019 Solution Provider 500 list. This annual list ranks the largest North American IT channel partner organizations by revenue. The Solution Provider 500 is the industry standard for recognizing the highest performing technology integrators, strategic service providers and IT consultants. It is the industry’s predominant channel partner list, serving as a valuable resource for technology vendors looking to partner with top solution providers.

 “We are very proud to be named to the Solution Provider 500 List yet again in 2019,” said Tyler Ebnet, CEC Vice President of Sales. “It’s exciting to be a part of a great team of people that consistently performs at a high level for our clients.”

“The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible combined revenue of $320 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “Congratulations to the solution provider organizations leading the way in digital transformation and the latest technology services.”

The complete 2019 Solution Provider 500 list is available online at www.CRN.com/SP500.

About CEC

Established in 1946, CEC has evolved from a small two-way radio shop into a nationally recognized technology integrator with eight offices across Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Its success is driven by its mission: to make technology simple for its customers. It combines alignment with manufacturers that offer the best solutions in the industry along with in-house experts on staff who effectively lead technical and custom integrations. CEC specializes in finding creative solutions to meet its customers’ business objectives through solution design, integration, installation, and preventative maintenance. The company has five core areas of focus: audio/video, fire & security, healthcare communications, information technology, and two-way radio communications. To learn more, visit www.cecinfo.com.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelcompany.com 

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For more information:

Bridget Davis, Director, Marketing

bdavis@cecinfo.com or 319-610-1033

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Jeff Patterson of JP Hair Design to Receive Chamber’s 2018 “Ground Floor Award” for Small Business Leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Nov. 6, 2018)

Contact: Erik Greenfield, Communications Manager, 608-443-1952 (office), 608-669-7884 (cell)

MADISON – The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce announced today that Jeff “JP” Patterson, owner of JP Hair Design in Madison – which houses the Men’s Health and Education Center – will receive the Chamber’s third annual Ground Floor Award for Small Business Leadership.

The award, which recognizes true champions for small business both within their business and in the community, will be presented during a special nex7 Stage event Nov. 13 at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA). Previous recipients include Jim Garner of Sergenian’s Floor Coverings and Susan Bulgrin of Culver’s on Todd Drive and Echo Tap & Grill.

“JP’s work with everyone from students to at-risk populations to entrepreneurs, not to mention his considerable skills as a business owner and barber, have made an immeasurable impact on Greater Madison,” said Chamber President Zach Brandon. “His leadership, passion and commitment to giving back to our community make him the ideal recipient of this year’s Ground Floor Award, and we look forward to honoring him on the nex7 Stage.”

Patterson opened JP Hair Design in 1998, ultimately moving the business to its current westside location and expanding to a full-service barbershop with 10 chairs. He has served on the state Cosmetology Examining Board, as well as the state Barbering Advisory Committee, where he served as chair. He has also taught Men’s Haircutting, State Laws and Sales and Marketing at Madison College.

In the community, Patterson coaches football in the Madison Memorial youth program and speaks to middle and high school students about entrepreneurship and creditability during the YMCA of Dane County’s “Friday Nights at the Y” summer events. At JP Hair Design, Patterson and his team provide free haircuts, compensation and mentoring through their “Kids Cleaning Crew” program for kids grades four to 10 that work at the shop. JP Hair Design’s biggest community campaign is the Back to School Event, which has reached 12 years of serving the community with back-to-school haircuts.

“I am honored to be recognized by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce for the Ground Floor Award. This award is a tribute to our wonderful team of barbers and our partnership with Aaron Perry of the Men’s Health and Education Center,” said Patterson. “As the leader of the company, an award like this creates accountability, creditability and great exposure. We will continue to be mentors, advocates and contributors to our community.”

In addition to the presentation of the Ground Floor Award, nex7 will also feature compelling pitches from the seven finalists for the Chamber’s third annual Most Innovative Company (MIC) award. The MIC finalists represent a diverse cross-section of industries, missions and locations across Greater Madison. The winner will be determined by audience vote.

To register for this free event, visit: www.greatermadisonchamber.com.

About the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business with nearly 1,300 organizations – ranging from one-person shops to corporations with more than 10,000 employees – working to bring the Greater Madison area to its full potential. The Greater Madison region is a leader in innovation. From cutting-edge technologies to distinctive retail shops to inventive services and products, our members vary greatly but are united by the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at greatermadisonchamber.com.

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One of World’s Most Powerful Women Announced as Chamber’s 66th Annual Dinner Speaker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Aug. 16, 2018)

Contact: Erik Greenfield, Communications Manager, 608-443-1952 (office), 608-669-7884 (cell)

MADISON – Beth Comstock, driver of innovation for one of the world’s largest companies, top-10 LinkedIn influencer and twice one of Forbes’ most powerful women in the world, was announced today as the keynote speaker for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce’s 66th Annual Dinner on Oct. 11 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. Her new book, Imagine It Forward, about summoning courage and creativity in the face of change, will be published Sept. 18.

“Beth Comstock is a change-maker who knows how to drive the innovation that comes with the kind of economic momentum we are seeing in Greater Madison,” said Chamber President Zach Brandon. “Beth’s career and life are filled with stories of helping to transform and reinvent established brands and fearlessly seeking new ideas, and we are thrilled to welcome her to Annual Dinner to help us Imagine Forward.”

In nearly three decades at GE, including as Vice Chair, Comstock led efforts to accelerate new growth and innovation, initiated GE’s digital and clean-energy transformation, seeded new businesses and enhanced GE’s brand value and inventive culture. As President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, she oversaw TV ad revenue and new digital efforts, including being one of the founders of Hulu. Comstock is also a director at Nike, trustee of The National Geographic Society and former board president of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum.

Presented by BMO Harris Bank, the Chamber’s 66th Annual Dinner will bring together more than 1,000 business and community leaders for an engaging program featuring speakers, networking, music and more. To register, visit here: http://greatermadisonchamber.com/annual-dinner

About the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business with nearly 1,300 organizations – ranging from one-person shops to corporations with more than 10,000 employees – working to bring the Greater Madison area to its full potential. The Greater Madison region is a leader in innovation. From cutting-edge technologies to distinctive retail shops to inventive services and products, our members vary greatly but are united by the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at greatermadisonchamber.com.

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Chamber Announces Finalists for Pressure Chamber

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (July 24, 2018)

Contact: Erik Greenfield, Communications Manager, 608-443-1952 (office), 608-669-7884 (cell)

MADISON – Today the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce announced the five finalists competing in this year’s Pressure Chamber startup program, which returns Aug. 16 to kick off Forward Festival, an eight-day celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation in Madison. The popular initiative includes participation and support from active regional investment firms, as well as the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Pressure Chamber is a “Shark Tank”-style contest in which emerging companies will pitch in front of a panel of regional investors, business executives and a live audience. The winning company is decided based on a combination of judges’ scoring and audience votes.

The 2018 Pressure Chamber finalists are:

  • AmebaGone – Harnesses the power of the soil microbiome to develop safe, sustainable solutions to treat plant disease.
  • Breathe For Change – Co-creates the global education system of the future in which all students and teachers unleash the potential of their mind, body and spirit, with trainings that certify educators as experts in wellness and social-emotional learning and a platform that empowers teachers to transform their lives, relationships and communities.
  • DataChat – Democratizes data analytics by allowing users to glean insights from data by simply holding a conversation with a chatbot in plain English and enabling business users to “drive” through data using a (patented) conversational approach, discovering patterns they couldn’t have before and in a timely fashion.
  • GymDandy – Helps parks, schools and sport complexes sell, schedule and manage their athletic space online, making booking a gym, field, diamond, rink or court as easy as booking a hotel room.
  • LÜM – A social music discovery application that focuses exclusively on the growth of emerging artists and gamifies music streaming for the next generation of fans and musicians.

“Greater Madison is Ground Level for the Next Big Thing, and the innovative startups who will compete at this year’s Pressure Chamber prove it,” said Chamber President Zach Brandon. “Following the recent acquisition of inaugural champion Fishidy and other past Pressure Chamber winners having closed successful funding roads, we look forward to experiencing even more of what makes this the region’s apex live pitch contest.”

The winning company receives the coveted “golden suitcase,” a trip to San Francisco this October as part of the Chamber’s exclusive Madison-area startup delegation for meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms. Past Pressure Chamber winners have credited the initiative for helping their company close successful funding rounds. Additionally, Pressure Chamber has been recognized by both the International Economic Development Council and Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Summit as an entrepreneurship and economic development best practice. Participating companies have included EatStreet, Propeller Health, Redox, Datica, Fetch Rewards, HealthMyne, Cardigan, AkitaBox, Moxe, DotCom Therapy, Fishidy, bluDiagnostics, POLCO and more.

Pressure Chamber returns this year as part of neXXpo, a showcase of some of Greater Madison’s most exciting companies that includes attendee voting for the third annual Most Innovative Company (MIC) award. To register for these events, visit http://greatermadisonchamber.com/programs-events/nexxpo/

Pressure Chamber is presented by Michael Best & Friedrich, with support from the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, American Family Ventures, Baird Capital, 4490 Ventures, HealthX Ventures, Lindsay Stone & Briggs and Rock River Capital Partners.

Pressure Chamber finalists are available for interviews upon request.

For more information about Forward Fest, please visit http://www.forwardfest.org/

About the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce:
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business with nearly 1,300 organizations – ranging from one-person shops to corporations with more than 10,000 employees – working to bring the Greater Madison area to its full potential. The Greater Madison region is a leader in innovation. From cutting-edge technologies to distinctive retail shops to inventive services and products, our members vary greatly but are united by the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at greatermadisonchamber.com.

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