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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

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DeWitt’s Intellectual Property Practice Group Recommended by IAM Patent 1000 and Managing Intellectual Property Magazine

Michelle M. Friedman   
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DeWitt’s Intellectual Property Practice Group Recommended by IAM Patent 1000 and Managing Intellectual Property Magazine

MADISON/MILWAUKEE/MINNEAPOLIS – DeWitt LLP announced its inclusion in the world’s leading resource to Patent Professionals, the 2020 IAM Patent 1000 guide. The guide recommends the Intellectual Property (IP) practice of the firm and its attorneys Eric Chadwick, Joseph Leone, Joseph Miotke, Charles Sara, and Christopher Scherer as top patent practitioners. In addition to IAM’s recognition, Miotke, Sara and Scherer were recently designated as 2020 “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, the definitive guide to leading IP firms and lawyers.

IAM is known as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise and leading expert witnesses in the US. It recognized DeWitt in its listing, describing the firm as turning matters around quickly and efficiently while deploying a high-level of strategic insight. IAM further described DeWitt as “… Madison’s top commercial firm, DeWitt takes intellectual property seriously and has invested in a sophisticated patent practice with depth in life sciences, medical devices, the chemical arts and, increasingly, software. On behalf of an incredibly diverse group of clients – including non-profits, universities, multinational corporations and individuals…” 

IAM on Joseph Leone, Joseph Miotke, Charles Sara and Christopher Scherer (Wisconsin): 

“Joseph Leone, Chris Scherer, Charles Sara and Joseph Miotke turn matters around quickly and efficiently, and deploy high-level strategic insight to superb effect. With Leone and Scherer newly minted as co-chairs of the practice, the firm has built up a lot of momentum. Leone is as versatile as they come, being schooled in prosecution and litigation in all areas of intellectual property. Drawing on his chemistry background, he tackles technically complex matters with relish for discerning clients such as the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Judging by the extensive and vocal praise directed his way, electrical engineer Scherer is doing extraordinary things right now. “Flexible, responsive, technically adept and competitively priced, Chris is simply awesome and one of the best-rounded US patent practitioners. He gives extremely well-thought-out advice, but is unfailingly practical and to the point at the same time. He has built up a first-class team at DeWitt, which shows in the quality of the overall service.” Sara has his finger on the pulse of developments in the biotechnology space, in which he litigates and closes deals. As an attorney, Miotke is “brilliant at aligning patent approaches with business needs to ensure you protect what matters most while spending resources wisely”. More broadly, he is gifted at opening innovation and entrepreneurship pathways for those with limited access; the effort he puts into developing talent from underprivileged backgrounds is truly laudable.”

IAM on Eric Chadwick (Minnesota): 

“DeWitt upped its trial capabilities by hiring Eric Chadwick in September 2019; the former Patterson Thuente IP partner is a practiced IP and commercial litigator.”

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, corporate law, commercial litigation, employment, environmental, employee benefits, government relations, immigration, international, litigation, real estate, tax, estate planning and family law. More information is available at

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WPS Health Solutions wins two silver Telly Awards for video


DeAnne Boegli, Director of Communications

WPS Health Solutions wins two silver Telly Awards for video

MADISON, Wis.—June 8, 2020— WPS Health Solutions recently won two silver Telly Awards for a video produced for WPS Military and Veterans Health.

Winners were selected from 12,000 entries, which came from all 50 states and five continents. WPS stood in good company and high recognition with well-known enterprises. Microsoft, Nickelodeon, and NBC Comcast were among those receiving silver awards.

The winning video, titled “For Your Service,” features WPS’ long history of serving military personnel, veterans, and their families. Originally, the video was shown on the scoreboard at the 2019 Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Watch the award-winning video here.

Later, the WPS creative team edited the video for a 30-second television commercial for WPS Medicare Market Solutions.

WPS won in the Institutional/Corporate Image and Direct Marketing non-broadcast categories.

The award-winning segment was shot and edited by Nathan Redman and Erik Eichstadt, directed by Matthew Stanosz, and written by Wendy Hathaway.

“This was a wonderful project to work on. The multimedia team was able to collaborate with the events team on a major sponsorship. It’s an honor to represent the Military and Veterans Health business unit and highlight more than 70 years of WPS service,” says Matt Stanosz, Multimedia Supervisor.

“This is a very talented creative team, and combine that with a great story to tell, it’s a winning combination,” says WPS Creative Director Eric Roell. “So many people in our department worked on this project, and I’m proud that we’ve been recognized for the quality of our work.”

The team has won a total of 18 Telly Awards in the last five years.

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television content of all origins.

 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

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Endres Manufacturing Wins Project of the Year Award

Endres Manufacturing Company was presented with the prestigious Project of the Year Award in May for their work on The Cosmos project in Madison, Wisconsin. The award was given by the Steel Plus Network in the “Medium Project” category. Endres is one of Wisconsin’s largest and most highly respected structural steel fabricators. Endres won the highly sought-after award over other nominees including Pittsburgh Steel, Lainco, Beauce Atlas, Rampart Steel, and Benson Steel.

One of the most complicated and largest projects ever taken on by Endres, The Cosmos is a magnificent highrise, eight-story building located in the Capitol East District on the 800 block of East Washington Avenue in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. The Cosmos, which is also referred to as the Gebhardt Building, is a 148,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility that houses both office and retail space and the three-story Sylvee, a 2,500 person capacity concert venue and the location of Endres’ 2018 rocking holiday party. Endres supplied all of the structural steel as well as the stairs, railings, and other miscellaneous metals. The project consisted of 1,000 tons of steel and 5,400 labor hours.

Endres was extremely excited to be given this opportunity because being the supplier of choice for their customers is something they take great pride in. The general contractor on the project, Miron Construction, sought out Endres due to their long work history together and their confidence in Endres to get the job done right and on time. The job included a pair of 75 foot long girder trusses, one of which ended up weighing close to 40 tons. To add to the complexity, the building includes three separate tenants and all materials and labor needed to be separated by area. The concert venue, The Sylvee, is the largest tenant and uses space from the first to the third floor. Frank Productions, one of the largest concert promoters in the US, located their new offices there. Lastly, Gebhardt Development owns and leases a bank of offices at the top level of the structure. There were a variety of miscellaneous metals required such as catwalk and chain-link fence framing, and internally lit handrails around the darkened concert venue. The concert venue included unique challenges such as sound isolation connections requiring special materials and design. While it was a very challenging project, it provided a great sense of satisfaction and pride upon completion.

The Steel Plus Network Awards Ceremony has been a tradition for the last 25 years. Steel Plus Network is a business network bringing together the most dynamic fabricators and suppliers of structural steel from all across North America.