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WPS Health Solutions earns Energy Star® award for Nordby Building


DeAnne Boegli
Vice President of Communications

WPS Health Solutions earns Energy Star® award for Nordby Building

MADISON, Wis.—Sept. 15, 2020—The Nordby Building on WPS Health Solutions’ Madison campus has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star® certification for 2020.

“We’re honored to earn the Energy Star for superior energy performance for the second time in two years—for the Corporate Center in 2019 and now for the Nordby Building,” said Ken Roseth, Vice President of Facility Operations. “Saving energy is just one of the ways we show our community we care, and that we’re committed to doing our part to protect the environment and public health, both today and for future generations.”

Energy Star certified buildings and plants are verified to perform in the top 25% of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy use that factors in occupancy, hours of operation, and other key metrics, according to the EPA.

On average, Energy Star certified buildings and plants use 35% less energy, generate 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and are less expensive to operate than similar buildings across the nation.

Recent energy-saving improvements in the Nordby Building include LED lighting retrofits, and scheduling and optimization of air handlers and associated support equipment.

About WPS Health Solutions

WPS Health Solutions is a nationally regarded government contractor and a leading Wisconsin not-for-profit health insurer. The WPS Health Insurance division offers affordable health plans and benefits administration. The WPS Government Health Administrators division administers Part A and B Medicare benefits for millions of seniors in multiple states, and the WPS Military and Veterans Health division serves millions more members who are active in the U.S. military, veterans, and their families. Wisconsin Physicians Service Insurance Corporation (WPS Health Solutions) has been based in Madison, Wis., for more than 70 years. For more information, please visit

(Exterior photo of the Nordby Building and Energy Star logo are attached.)

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M3 Named IIABA Best Practices Agency for 22nd Year

M3 Insurance has been named a Best Practices Agency by Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA) for 2020.

This marks the 22nd consecutive year that M3 has been selected as a Best Practices agency, ranking among the top performers in the annual Best Practices Study conducted by the IIABA in partnership with Reagan Consulting.

To be named a Best Practices Agency, an organization must be nominated either by an IIABA affiliated state association or an insurance company. Nominated agencies must then submit detailed financial and operational information which is analyzed, scored, and ranked objectively based on operational excellence, including growth, profitability, productivity and financial stability.

To retain the Best Practices agency status, agencies must submit year-end results for review each year. Every third year, new agency nominations are accepted and we must re-qualify as one of the top performers in our revenue category against new agency participants.

M3 is proud to have retained this title for over two decades. We strive to lead the way in the insurance industry with innovative strategies and solutions. This designation validates that aim and motivates us to continue to provide world class resources and individual attention to our clients.



Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing more than 25,000 agency locations united under the Trusted Choice brand. Trusted Choice independent agents offer consumers all types of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products—from a variety of insurance companies.


About Reagan Consulting

Reagan Consulting is a financial and management consulting firm specializing in services to the insurance distribution system. Clients include the leading brokers, agents and bank-insurance programs in the United States. They provide thought leadership to the banking and insurance industries through perennial research, seminars and other industry forums.


About M3

M3 is a top 50 insurance broker and risk management firm in America. We’re leaders in the products we represent and the industries we serve. M3’s people are an extension of your team, providing world-class resources to help you manage risk, purchase insurance, and provide employee benefits. And our focus on community builds better places to live and work.

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DeWitt Announces Lawyers of the Year and Best Lawyers Named in Best Lawyers 2021 Edition

Michelle M. Friedman / 262-754-2877


MADISON | MILWAUKEE | MINNEAPOLIS – DeWitt LLP announced today one of its attorneys was recognized as Lawyers of the Year in the Best Lawyers 2021 Edition. Additionally, 40 attorneys in the firm were named to the 2021 Best Lawyers Edition and one was named as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.

Lawyers of the Year Awards – Best Lawyers 2021 Edition

Madison Office

  • Eric A. Farnsworth – Medical Malpractice Law- Plaintiffs

Best Lawyers 2021 Edition

Metro-Milwaukee Office

  • Douglas H. Frazer (2007) – Litigation and Controversy – Tax Law
  • Paul R. Hoefle (2017) – Litigation – Insurance, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Jeffrey J. Liotta (2012) – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Real Estate
  • Brian R. Smigelski (2013) – Construction Law
  • John P. Yentz (2013) – Corporate Law

Madison Office

  • Brian L. Anderson (2005) – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Jon P. Axelrod (1997) – Commercial Litigation
  • Donald Leo Bach (2007) – Water Law
  • Denis P. Bartell (1989) – Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Law
  • Frederic J. Brouner (2005) – Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law
  • Paul A. Croake (2006) – Corporate Law
  • Michael R. Davis (2011) – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Stephen A. DiTullio (2008) – Commercial Litigation, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Peter R. Dohr (2006) – Corporate Law
  • Bryan C. Esch (2011) – Real Estate Law
  • Eric A. Farnsworth (2011) – Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
  • Bradley C. Fulton (2013) – Commercial Litigation
  • Jeff A. Goldman (2016) – Trusts and Estates
  • Henry J. Handzel, Jr. (1989) – Environmental Law
  • Hugh J. Hayes (2011) – Family Law
  • Stuart C. Herro (2005) – Real Estate Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Christopher S. Krimmer (2014) – Family Law
  • Ronald W. Kuehn (2009) – Government Relations Practice
  • Jordan K. Lamb (2009) – Government Relations Practice
  • Joseph T. Leone (2011) – Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Patent Law, Trademark Law
  • Troy A. Mayne (2005) – Corporate Law, Real Estate Law
  • William E. McCardell (2007) – Construction Law, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management
  • Ronald R. Ragatz (2006) – Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law
  • Joseph A. Ranney III (2010) – Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent
  • John Rashke (1987) – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Theresa L. Roetter (2013) – Collaborative Law, Family Law
  • Gregory E. Scallon (2013) – Corporate Law
  • Mark R. Sewell (2009) – Land Use and Zoning Law, Municipal Law
  • Wrede H. Smith, Jr. (2005) – Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Timm P. Speerschneider (2006) – Environmental Law, Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Michael W. Wilcox (1983) – Trusts and Estates

Minneapolis Office

  • Eric H. Chadwick (2016) – Litigation – Patent
  • Robert W. Due (2014) – Family Law
  • Kathleen M. Newman (1993) – Family Law
  • Bradley Thorson (2015) – Patent Law

Best Lawyers: One to Watch

  • Barbara J. Seibel – Family Law

About DeWitt

DeWitt LLP is one of the ten largest law firms based in Wisconsin, with an additional presence in Minnesota. It has nearly 140 attorneys practicing in Madison and Metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a variety of legal areas and has the experience to service clients of all scopes and sizes. The firm is known for its work in several areas, including intellectual property, patents, trademarks and copyright law, civil rights litigation, construction litigation, corporate law, employment, environmental, employee benefits, estate planning, family law, government relations, health care, litigation, real estate, and tax law.  More information is available at


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Savant Lands Among the Top 50 Firms in the Nation

Savant Wealth Management (formerly Savant Capital Management), a nationally recognized, fee-only advisory firm headquartered in Rockford, IL, and with locations also in Madison and Park Falls, has been recognized by InvestmentNews as one of the top 50 fee-only Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) in the nation. This is the thirteenth time Savant has been recognized by the financial trade publication.

Savant earned the #21 spot for 2020, climbing 11 spots from the 2019 ranking. The list is based on total assets under management (AUM). To qualify for the top 50 list, firms must provide financial planning services, have at least $100 million in AUM, have provided investment advisory services to clients during the most recent fiscal year, not be actively engaged in business as a broker-dealer, and not receive commissions, among other criteria.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the top 50 firms in the nation by InvestmentNews,” said Brent Brodeski, CEO of Savant. “As a trusted advisor, we serve our clients by acting in their best interest. Our continued growth in AUM and the number of clients we serve can be attributed to this philosophy, coupled with the great work of Team Savant.”

The recognition comes on the heels of earning other industry top rankings from Financial Times and Accounting Today. For more information about Savant Wealth Management, visit

About Savant Wealth Management

Savant Wealth Management, formerly known as Savant Capital Management, is a leading independent, fee-only firm serving clients for 30 years with more than $8.6 billion in assets under management. Savant Wealth Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan, and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is headquartered in Rockford, with locations in Bloomington, Chicago, Downers Grove, Freeport, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnshire, Naperville, Peoria, St. Charles, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; Phoenix, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; Madison and Park Falls, WI; and McLean, VA. Please see Important Disclosures at

Neither rankings and/or recognitions by unaffiliated rating services, publications, media, or other organizations, nor the achievement of any professional designation, certification, degree, or license, or any amount of prior experience or success, should be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if Savant Wealth Management is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services. Rankings published by magazines, and others, generally base their selections exclusively on information prepared and/or submitted by the recognized adviser. Rankings are generally limited to participating advisers. Unless expressly indicated to the contrary, Savant Wealth Management did not pay a fee to be included on any such ranking. No ranking or recognition should be construed as a current or past endorsement of Savant Wealth Management by any of its clients. ANY QUESTIONS: Savant Wealth Management’s Chief Compliance Officer remains available to address any questions regarding rankings and/or recognitions, including the criteria used for any reflected ranking.

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Per Mar Security Services Ranked #22 in SDM’s 2020 Top Systems Integrators Report

Cassondra Billingsley, Per Mar Security Services, 563-549-6635

July 16, 2020

Per Mar Security Services Ranked #22 in SDM’s 2020 Top Systems Integrators Report

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Per Mar Security Services, a leading provider of total security solutions for residential and commercial clients based in Davenport, IA, is ranked 22nd in SDM’s 2020 Top Systems Integrators Report. The top 5 market segments contributing to Per Mar’s 2019 security system integration revenue were retail, industrial, health, corporate, and education.

Chris Edwards, President of Per Mar’s Electronic Security Division, said, “We are honored that Per Mar made this list again this year. On the heels of being ranked in the Top 20 for alarm system companies, the fact that we also made the integrator list shows the innovation and flexibility the team has created to further our support and service to our customers.”

The SDM Top Systems Integrators Report ranks 100 companies by their revenue in 2019 from their security system integration revenue. Integration includes solutions such as design, project management, product, installation, programming, start-up, training and time-and-materials-based service sold directly to an end-user customer or through a tier of contractors. This includes revenue related to security, such as: access control, ID/badging, video surveillance/analytics, intrusion alarms, perimeter security, electronic gate entry, intercom/communications, fire protection, IT/networks, etc. It does not include recurring monthly revenue (RMR), as that is counted towards ranking on the SDM 100 (

About Per Mar Security Services

Established in 1953, Per Mar Security Services is the largest, family-owned, full-service security company in the Midwest with more than 2,400 team members, operating in 23 branch locations. The company provides full-service security solutions for homes and businesses including security officer services, smart home automation, burglar and fire alarms, access control, security cameras, alarm monitoring, investigative services and background checks. For more information about Per Mar Security Services, please visit