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Cresa Completes Sale in Fitchburg to Bring Community to Former Industrial Property

Madison, WI – Cresa Madison finalized the sale of a former industrial manufacturing property in the City of Fitchburg. 3101 Fish Hatchery Road will now be redeveloped to a mixed-use building with retail, office and market rate apartments.

The property was previously occupied by All-Juice Midwest, and has been sold to Inventure Capital, LLC. The original 5.2 acre industrial use property, shuttered for the past three years, will be redeveloped to include 10,000 square feet of commercial space, a parking garage, and 160 apartments. Cresa was hired by the seller to search for buyers and oversee the sale of the property.

“We are pleased that we were able to find a reputable, new owner for this site,” says Matt Apter, Cresa Managing Principal. “This property sale was slightly more complicated due to issues with the current building conditions, environmental challenges that require cleanup, as well as the City of Fitchburg rezoning the area and wanting to take ownership of part of the property” Apter adds.

As part of the transaction, a portion of the original property will be dedicated to the City of Fitchburg for a road reconstruction project that will extend Traceway Drive, opening up adjacent farm land for future redevelopment. This is part of the City of Fitchburg’s long term vision to revitalize the Fish Hatchery Road corridor, including total reconstruction of the road itself and working with developers to increase the density and urban attraction of one of the oldest and highest traffic gateways to the South from downtown Madison.

“This is the first step in redeveloping another major urban corridor in the greater metro area. We’ve seen the exciting changes that are happening on East Wash, University, Park Street and other important corridors, bringing together a combination of housing density, local commercial and retail businesses and office to create dynamic urban centers,” says Michael Thorson of Inventure Capital. “City officials have an ambitious, forward-looking plan to reinvigorate Fish Hatchery Road and bring that vision to Fitchburg, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”

“We have a long, outstanding relationship with Cresa, and this is the second complex infill site we’ve worked with them to acquire for redevelopment. We are impressed by their ability to patiently navigate complicated sales involving environmental, regulatory and governmental issues through to successful purchase,” adds Michael Thorson.

“It is satisfying to be a part of a project that is revitalizing the community,” adds Matt Apter. “Cresa is proud to be a part of these types of projects that are better for our community as a whole.”

Demolitions for the new development is underway, with final approvals and building construction slated to begin in March, for opening in June of 2021.

About Cresa
Cresa is the world’s largest commercial real estate advisory firm that exclusively represents occupiers and specializes in the delivery of fully integrated real estate solutions.  Delivered across every industry, Cresa’s services include Consulting, Facilities Management, Global Portfolio Solutions, Investment Banking, Lease Administration, Location Strategy & Economic Development Incentives, Project Management, Transaction Management and Workplace Intelligence.  With over 1,000 employees in more than 80 offices globally, Cresa partners with occupiers everywhere. For more information, visit


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Gordon Flesch Company Acquires ITP, Creating One of the Midwest’s Largest and Most Capable Managed Service Providers

Madison, WI ‑ Gordon Flesch Company (GFC) has agreed to acquire Information Technology Professionals (ITP), a managed service provider based in Madison with locations in the Appleton and Milwaukee area. With this acquisition, the GFConsulting Group will become one of the largest and most capable technology solutions providers in Wisconsin and the upper Midwest, offering services including cloud, cybersecurity and Managed IT. 

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are increasingly important in the complex and technology-driven business world, with the market projected to hit $296.38 billion globally by 2023. With the combined resources of GFC’s GFConsulting Group and ITPs’ team, the Gordon Flesch Company will serve more than 400+ customers and employ 70 MSP staff in locations across the Midwest.

Both GFC and ITP feature prominently on the CRN Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list, which recognizes the largest and most innovative North American managed services companies. As one of the nation’s largest independent office equipment providers, GFC launched the GFConsulting Group in 2015 to expand their ability to help businesses solve challenging problems and achieve organizational goals. These capabilities include not only Managed IT, cybersecurity and cloud computing services, but Virtual CIO (vCIO) and consulting services, Enterprise Content Management and A.I. Solutions.

“ITP is one of the premier MSPs in Wisconsin and has a great reputation for delivering strong technical support and solutions to the customers they serve,” says Patrick Flesch, President of the Gordon Flesch Company. “Their strong technical team and operational maturity will be a great addition to the current team that GFConsulting has built over the years. This acquisition underscores GFC’s commitment to be the leading provider of technology solutions in the markets we serve.”

Founded in 2003 and currently owned by Paul Hager, ITP has grown to 40 employees, serving more than 200 clients in Wisconsin. “I am proud of how quickly ITP has grown, becoming one of the leading MSPs in Wisconsin in a very short time,” says Paul Hager, president, CEO and owner of ITP. “I am excited for the opportunity to begin the next chapter in our story, as we join one of the oldest and most respected technology companies in the Midwest. The combined resources and reach of our two companies will be an unbeatable combination.”

About the Gordon Flesch Company

The Gordon Flesch Company is one of the largest family-owned providers of office technology solutions in the nation. Family-owned since 1956, the Gordon Flesch Company employs more than 600 people throughout 26 offices in the Midwest, with their corporate office in Madison, Wisconsin. They deliver unique business process expertise to solve challenging problems and achieve organizational goals. This includes integrating industry-leading software and hardware to build custom solutions that are supported by technical expertise, customer service and flexible, in-house financial services. Follow us on Twitter at @GordonFlesch.

About ITP

With nearly 20 years of experience, ITP provides managed IT service and strategy for small to mid-sized businesses, delivering customized technology solutions that allow clients to function at peak performance and profitability. While ITP serves clients of all shapes and sizes across a variety of industries, ITP is highly experienced in meeting IT needs in the legal, manufacturing and medical sectors. 

Pictured: Jeff Dotzler, VP of GFConsulting Group; Mark Flesch, GFC Chief Operating Officer; Paul Hager, president and CEO of Information Technology Professionals and Patrick Flesch, GFC President

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Savant Capital Management and Huber Financial Advisors Announce Merger

  • Increases Savant’s assets to $8 billion nationally
  • Becomes one of the nation’s largest independent and privately owned fee-only firms
  • Firm well-positioned to reach its goal of improving 1 million lives in 25 years

MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 8, 2020)Savant Capital Management, a nationally recognized, fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, IL, with additional locations in Madison and Park Falls, and Huber Financial Advisors, an independent wealth management firm, today announced that they will merge during the first quarter of 2020. The combined firm will become one of the nation’s largest independent and privately owned fee-only Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firms, increasing Savant’s assets under management (AUM) to $8 billion overall, and employing over 200 people.

Huber Financial Advisors will adopt the Savant Capital Management name and branding after the integration, which is expected to finalize by March 31, 2020. The owners of Huber Financial Advisors will transition their current equity into Savant and several plan to increase their stake over time. In addition, several additional Huber Financial Advisors team members will become Savant owners at closing. Once combined, Savant will have over 70 employee owners and remain both employee-led and controlled.  Savant will have broader employee ownership than nearly any other advisory firm in the industry.

Founded in 1988 by David Huber, Huber Financial Advisors has become a leading RIA firm with 28 employees and serving more than 1,000 families and businesses. Merging with Savant presents an opportunity to significantly enhance Huber Financial Advisors’ capabilities and offerings including Savant’s in-house accounting, estate, trust, wealth transfer, and sophisticated business consulting services.

“This transaction represents two decades of mutual respect for each other’s organizations. Our firms share similar internal cultural and core values as well as parallel philosophies in servicing our clients and providing fiduciary excellence to them,” said Brent Brodeski, Savant’s CEO. “We look forward to welcoming Huber Financial Advisors’ team members to the Savant team and further enhancing services to their clients.”

Huber said, “Since starting Huber Financial in 1988, I have always put our clients first in every decision. Our entire team is delighted to be partnering with Savant and we are all excited about our future, and the opportunities that it represents for our clients and employees.”

Huber Financial Advisors’ leadership will integrate with Savant’s executive team and work together to realize a shared, long-term vision. In addition to working with clients, David Huber, CFP® will have an advisory role to Savant’s board of directors; Rob Morrison, CFP®, will be a member of Savant’s executive team; and Phil Huber, CFA, CFP® will become Savant’s chief investment officer.

The merger will allow Savant to continue its quest to improve more than 1 million lives within the next 25 years. The objective is to improve lives financially, professionally, educationally, philanthropically, and in myriad other ways. Lives might be improved directly (clients and team members), indirectly (participants of retirement plans managed by Savant), or tangentially (beneficiaries of the good work done by non-profits that Savant, Savant’s clients, and Savant team members support).

About Savant Capital Management

Savant Capital Management is a leading independent, nationally recognized, fee-only firm serving clients for 30 years with more than $6 billion in assets under management. As a trusted advisor, Savant Capital 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 Capital Management is a Registered Investment Advisor. Savant’s marketing material should not be construed by any existing or prospective client as a guarantee that they will experience a certain level of results if they engage the advisor’s services. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Please Note: “Ideal” is not intended to give assurance as to achieving successful results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk. Please see Important Disclosures at

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

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board) owns the certification marks CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S., which it authorizes use of by individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

About Huber Financial Advisors

Huber Financial Advisors, LLC, an independent wealth management firm headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, is an investment adviser registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm advises on more than $1.6 billion in total assets from clients consisting of individuals, high net worth individuals, pension and profit-sharing plans, and charitable organizations. More information is available at

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Naviant, Inc. Acquires Business Process Automation Provider in Orem, UT

Media contact: Liz Skolaski | 888.686.8789 x 892 |

Naviant, Inc. Acquires Business Process Automation Provider in Orem, UT

Orem, UT & Verona, WI & Akron, OH – January 9, 2020 Naviant, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent automation solutions by Hyland Software and Kryon Systems, announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire DoxTek. DoxTek is a business process automation provider based in Orem, UT and a licensed reseller of OnBase by Hyland and ABBYY.

As a top Hyland partner, Naviant has been consistently named an OnBase Platinum and Diamond Support partner year after year with a thriving and happy client base. “We are very excited to expand our footprint and combine DoxTek’s powerful customer base and talent with Naviant’s strong commitment to excellent support and delivery for our clients,” said Michael Carr, President & CEO, at Naviant.

“Hyland fully supports this acquisition, and we believe Naviant is a shining example of a partner that provides exemplary delivery and support to their clients. In fact, Naviant was recently named the Top Capture Partner of the Year, Commercial Partner of the Year, and #1 Partner in Marketing Excellence by Hyland Software,” said Eric Miller, Director of Channel at Hyland.

Joe Rayfield, VP Americas/Japan/Australia/NZ of ABBYY Group says, “We are excited to partner with Naviant to continue to grow and support DoxTek’s ABBYY client base, and we look forward to Naviant’s continued investment in the Digital IQ market.”

Michael Miles, President & CEO of DoxTek, says “For 20 years I have built a company based on the principles of teamwork, integrity, customer success and continuous improvement.  I am grateful and excited to add our family of customers and employees to a company in Naviant who share these same values.  This focus has propelled Naviant to be one of the top content service and business process automation providers in the industry.  Naviant brings expanded capabilities in robotic process automation (RPA), SAP integration and business process management (BPM) that enhance the technology expertise DoxTek is known for.  The future for us and our customers has never been brighter!”

Liz Skolaski, EVP & COO for Naviant adds, “I personally look forward to welcoming DoxTek clients and staff into our culture and the Naviant Community. We are excited to deliver on our promise of delivering a better experience and a strong culture of support and partnership.”

About Naviant
Business processes and solutions that empower better and faster decisions are what we do best. As a nationally-recognized intelligent automation solutions integrator and business process consulting organization with over 30 years of experience headquartered in Verona WI, our clients do more with less by streamlining processes and gaining visibility into the information they need to make better decisions. As a long-standing key partner of Hyland Software, Naviant helps organizations operate more efficiently using the OnBase software platform, ABBYY and Brainware intelligent capture platforms, and Kryon Robotic Process Automation platform. Naviant’s “process-first” approach brings focus to the importance of process improvement prior to implementing best-in-class ECM solutions and technology. Naviant is a top-tier partner for OnBase, a single enterprise information platform for managing content, processes, and cases, that combines ECM, case management, business process management (BPM), records management, compliance, and capture functionality on a single platform. In addition, Naviant also partners with Kryon Systems for Robotics Process Automation (RPA) technology to enable organizations to drive business agility and efficiency by offloading repetitive high-volume work to a digital workforce (aka software robots).  To learn more about Naviant, please visit Process focus. Excellence.

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M3 Insurance Announces Strategic Partnership with Hierl Insurance

Mike Victorson, president and CEO of M3 Insurance, and Mike Hierl, president and CEO of Hierl Insurance, announced a merger between the two companies, effective January 1, 2020. Hierl will continue to operate in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin as a location of M3 Insurance, and day-to-day Fond du Lac operations will continue to be led by Mike Hierl. The Hierl team will not change.

“A proud part of the Fond du Lac community for 100 years, we are excited to now offer an even broader range of insurance offerings and resources while maintaining our strong commitment to individual attention and personal relationships with clients,” said Mike Hierl. “They will enjoy the same great service, but with a greater depth of bench and tools going into the next 100 years.”

Mike Victorson adds, “Both agencies enjoy a long history and strong legacy which is fueling our future together. The similarities between the two agencies when it comes to values, attitudes, and culture make this an ideal partnership.”

In addition to the new Fond du Lac location, M3 has offices in Madison, Milwaukee, Wausau, Green Bay, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Rockford, Illinois. With more than 280 employees and 40 employee shareholders, M3 is the largest insurance broker and risk management firm in the state of Wisconsin.

“We have finally found the partner we’ve been looking for,” said Mike Hierl. “After a friendship of 20+ years, two CEOs have decided to join forces. This truly is a partnership built on trust.”

Learn more about Hierl: Powered By M3


About M3

M3 is the largest insurance broker and risk management firm in the state of Wisconsin. As a top 50 broker 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.