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Member News is the place were DMI members can share newsworthy announcements on the DMI website. Submissions include upcoming events, award recognitions, employee promotions, and much more. Check out what's happening with DMI members below!

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Posted on 5/12/2015
SVA hosted three ShredFest events in Madison, Brookfield, and Appleton, Wisconsin. These events were held on April 25 in Madison and on May 2 in Brookfield and Appleton. In total for all three shredding events, more than 2,440 cars participated and 87,620 pounds of personal documents were shredded. Not only are these events helping curb identity theft but the material collected is recycled so they a€™re keeping 44 tons of paper material out of landfills. "We were excited to provide this complimentary shredding event to our clients and the community,"€ stated Carl Schultz, President & CEO.

Posted on 5/12/2015
Nominate Your Local Leader! Each year, Sustain Dane awards 3 local thinkers and doers the title of Badger Bioneer, or citizens who work hard every day to make the Madison Region a healthy, vibrant community for all. They deserve celebration for their efforts! Past Badger Bioneers have included artists, educators, community leaders and more, including Randy Cortright from Virent Energy Systems, Will Green from Mentoring Positives, Annette Miller from MGE, and Stephanie Rearick from Dane County TimeBank. DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: FRIDAY, JUNE 12 AT 5 PM Nominate whoever comes to mind here The Badger Bioneers will be recognized at the Badger Bioneers Conference on Tuesday, November 10, 2015!

Posted on 5/11/2015
If you are looking to bring more happiness into your life in addition to finding unique and fun techniques to enhance your personal fulfillment, check out Nancy's new blog at: She will post every Tuesday, and if you enjoy it, please share it with your friends.

Posted on 4/29/2015
The Wisconsin Bike Challenge begins May 1st and runs through September 30th! Have fun watching the miles add up on the leaderboard and see how you are doing compared to your friends and coworkers. By participating in the Challenge, you can log miles online or through your smartphone that will show your neighbors, your family and your coworkers that you’re a real Wisconsin bike champion. You’ll also be entered to win awesome bike prizes. The Challenge is FREE and fun! - See more and register here!


Posted on 5/21/2015
Join Madison Area Sports Commission for Morning Sports Report, a quarterly breakfast series Presented by Madison Area Sports Commission and ESPN Madison Tuesday, June 16, 7:45-9:00 a.m. (Networking: 7:45 a.m. Panel discussion: 8:15 a.m.) at HotelRED, 1501 Monroe Street (complimentary valet parking available); Topic: Clubhouse Confidential: The PGA and Golf in Wisconsin; Panelists: Michael Belot, Vice President & General Manager, Destination Kohler Joe Stadler, Executive Director, PGA Wisconsin; Registration is free, but spaces are limited. Reserve your space now.

Posted on 5/12/2015
HI-TECH HAPPY HOUR ON THE PLAZA Thursday, July 30th 5pm-7pm; THE PLAZA High Tech Happy Hour is the Edgewater's premiere networking event in Madison. Since 2001, it's been the goal of Hi-Tech Happy Hour to bring people in the community together, to make connections, and share ideas. Network with your local business professionals, enjoy complimentary beer and appetizers, and have the opportunity to meet new people. Please visit the Edgewater's calendar for more events!

Posted on 5/12/2015
Live Music on The Plaza! Join the Edgewater from 6PM - 9 PM on the following dates for drink specials and music by some of Madison's best artists! On Fridays enjoy a fish fry! Saturday, May 23rd, Reverend Raven; Friday, May 29th: Brandon Beebe; Thursday, June 4th: Madison Malone; June 5th: Shelley Faith; June 12th: Live music at The Boathouse; Thursday, June 18th: Merl Halverson; June 19th: Ken Wheaton; June 26th: Mark Croft; Friday, July 24th: Mark Croft; Friday, July 31st: Merl Halverson; Friday, July 10th: Mike McClosky; Thursday, July 16th: Bill Roberts Trio; July 17th: Madison Malone; Thursday, August 6th: Ryan Casey; August 7th: Ken Wheaton; August 14th: Live Music at The Boathouse; Thursday, August 20th: Bill Roberts Trio; August 21st: Mark Croft; August 28th: Shelley Faith. Also, New Orleans blues pianist, Johnny Chimes will be playing from 6-9pm on the plaza June 9th and 23rd, July 14th and 28th, and August 11th and 24th. Please visit the Edgewater's calendar for more events!

Posted on 5/20/2015
Please join Operation Fresh Start & Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development for an Open House at 2141 Johnson Street (in Madison) on May 28th from 4:00 - 6:00. They are hosting this FREE event in celebration of the completion of a housing rehabilitation project. There will be youth led tours of the house, refreshments, and a chance to see their programs in action. Brief remarks will begin at 5:00. Come support the pride of accomplishment OFS youth feel with a job well done.

Posted on 5/18/2015
Join HotelRED on June 5th from 4pm - 5pm for a Ribbon Cutting Event of their newly renovated space, The Wise at HotelRED. The Wise offers modern Wisconsin cuisine. Come enjoy tasting their new menu, drink specials, and see their clever new space. Parking is free.

Posted on 5/12/2015
The Madison chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, NARI, will present its 18th NARI REMODELED HOMES TOUR on Sunday, May 31st. Fourteen Madison area homes throughout the city will highlight additions, kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms, bedroom, basement and whole home remodels and more to showcase the craftsmanship of local NARI remodeling contractors. Homes in the NARI REMODELED HOMES TOUR will be open Sunday, May 31st from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A $10 ticket will allow entry for a family into all of the homes on the Tour. Tickets for the tour may be purchased at any one of the Tour site locations the day of the event. The locations are available online here and in the Wisconsin State Journal the week prior to the Tour. Included in the admission is a Tour Guidebook with pictures, highlights, and directions to each home and NARI’s Home Remodeling Directory. The Tour is sponsored by Madison Gas and Electric (Gold), Grand Appliance and TV (Silver), Wisconsin State Journal (Silver).

Posted on 5/04/2015
The 36th annual Isthmus Paddle & Portage returns Friday/Saturday, July 17-18, 2015 at Olin Park. This year, Paddle & Portage has merged with the Midwest Standup Paddle Festival to bring an entire weekend of crazy-fun paddling to Madison. Saturday’s race begins at James Madison Park with a 1.5-mile paddle on Lake Mendota, followed by a 1-mile portage around the Capitol past the Dane County Farmers' Market, before heading to Monona Terrace and the final 1.5-mile paddle across Lake Monona and the finish line at Olin Park. Racers and spectators are invited to the post-race party at Olin Park for live music from Natty Nation, food, craft brews and the 2015 Paddle & Portage awards ceremony. Paddlers are encouraged to get all decked out for our annual Paddle & Portage costume contest. "Like" their Facebook page for prize updates and announcements as the race draws nearer. For more information, visit

Posted on 5/03/2015
Join Sustain Dane, Dane Buy Local & Latino Professional Association of Greater Madison for a new four-part series in 2015 on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We will learn and renew appreciation for workplace equity and inclusivity issues. The topics for the series will be chosen based on feedback received from 80+ community members at our launch event in December 2014. Read our pledge and be part of this honest conversation and movement to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace. Friday, September 18, 8:30-10:30 AM @ Urban League - Training Friday, December 4, 8:30-10:30 AM @ Urban League Individual sessions | $20. For more info, click here.

Posted on 4/28/2015
SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP - Introducing Social Selling for Businesses with Dean DeLisle Tuesday, May 19th, 8:30-9:30am & Noon-1pm; With over 350 million professionals on LinkedIn, you are closer to your targeted business prospects than you think! Learn how to find them before your competitors do in this fast-paced session led by Dean DeLisle, integrated marketing expert and CEO of Forward Progress. Demonstrating the most effective methods for connecting with your targets, gaining quality appointments and finding new clients in your network, you’ll learn how to optimize your profile and expand your online pipeline to make the most of social selling.

Posted on 4/28/2015
SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP - Create High- Converting Website Landing Pages with Keith Gilmore Tuesday, May 26th, Noon-1pm Are you driving traffic to your site, but confused why so many just visit, and never sign-up, call, ask for a quote, or make a purchase? It can be very frustrating, especially when you’re paying for that traffic to bring you leads and customers! In this session, you’ll be trained by Keith Gilmore, an “in-the-trenches” landing page expert, who will show you exactly what you need to create a landing page that converts your browsers into buyers.

Posted on 4/8/2015
The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County welcomes members and non-members to a networking event at The Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison, on Thursday, May 21st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Free. Light appetizers will be served. Make new connections. Go to to register, or call 608-712-3522 with questions.


Posted on 5/11/2015
Joining such esteemed institutions as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Phillips Collection, and the Denver Art Museum, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) is being recognized nationally for innovation in their education program, specifically the Art on Tour program. MMoCA is among just 16 museums included in an exhibition in Washington DC honoring innovators in educational programming. The MMoCA curator of education, Sheri Castlenuovo will travel to DC for the exhibition opening and presentation.

Employee Promotions/Changes

Posted on 5/11/2015
The Wisconsin Law Journal selected Axley Managing Partner Patricia Gibeault as one of the publication'€™s 2015 Women in the Law;€“ an award commemorating her professional excellence, as well as her steadfast dedication to helping female counterparts succeed within the practice. Gibeault ranks among the top, most influential female attorneys in the state whose accomplishments and initiatives have not only encouraged women to pursue legal careers, but have allowed them to enter into various types of jobs historically closed off to women. From prospering in a male-dominated practice area, to becoming Axley's first female Managing Partner;€“ Attorney Laura Peck says Gibeault has remained a trendsetter throughout her career.

Posted on 5/04/2015
Stafford Rosenbaum LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Johanna J. Allex to the firm'€™s Madison office. Allex is joining the firm as a partner and is a member of the firm’s Trusts and Estates group. "Johanna is a skilled attorney with experience representing clients on a wide range of issues," said Christopher Hughes, Managing Partner at Stafford Rosenbaum, "€œShe provides the exceptional breadth of knowledge and understanding that will further strengthen the firm."€ Prior to joining the firm, Allex was at Christenson and Allex, LLC. Her practice covers all aspects of estate planning, marital property, probate and trust administration, charitable planning, gift and estate taxation, business succession planning and operations, and tax-exempt/nonprofit organizations. She regularly lectures on topics such as estate planning, fiduciary duties of officers and directories, and tax-exempt/nonprofit organizations.

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