APRIL 2018

Executive Director Update

Van Nutt
Executive Director  

Welcome to April and Q2! 

Have a great month,
Upcoming Chamber Events
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April 5, 7:30am
Get Moving Middleton - Register
Hilton Garden Inn

April 5, 9am
"Just the Facts" Member Benefits - Register
Hilton Garden Inn

April 9, 12pm
Ambassador Committee
Gilda's Club

April 11, 8am (7:45 Registration)
Ask the Expert: 10 Ways to Be A More Confident Speaker - Register
Edgewood College - Deming Way Campus

April 11, 5-7pm
Grand Re-Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Madison Dentistry - 8309 Greenway Blvd.

April 12, 2-4pm
Middleton High School Job Fair - Register Your Business
MHS Courtyard

April 17, 12pm (11:45 Registration)
Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Journaling - Register
Middleton Chamber Conference Room

April 17, 4:30pm
Ribbon Cutting
McFarland State Bank - 8215 Greenway Blvd.

April 18, 12pm
Economic Development Briefing: WI Technology Council - Register
Wisconsin Bank & Trust

April 18, 4:30pm
Ribbon Cutting
REFORMadison - 1819 Parmenter St.

April 19, 10am
Ribbon Cutting
Tru by Hilton Madison West - 8102 Watts Rd.

April 19, 4pm
'Behind the Scenes' Trolley Tour: Middleton Fire Station & Top Promotions  - Register
Tour departs from Keva Sports Center

April 25, 4-6:30pm
Business Social Hour - Register
Brownpoint Reserve - 8860 Blackhawk Rd.

April 26, 12pm (11:45  Registration)
Lunch & Learn: Negotiating for Mutually Beneficial Outcome - Register
Monona Bank

May 3, 7:30am
Get Moving Middleton - Register
Hilton Garden Inn 

  New Members

Atlas Wealth Advisers 
7633 Ganser Way #200 
(608) 827-8881

Bartelt Grob, S.C. 
6300 University Ave, Suite 200 
(608) 663-5600 

Hartwig's Custom Window Coverings
2500 Pleasant View Road, Ste 103
(608) 826-9409

McFarland State Bank

8215 Greenway Blvd
(608) 838-5034

Midwest Open MRI, LLC
8309 Greenway Blvd, Ste 100
(608) 836-7220 

Ridgetop Consulting of WI
824 S. Meadowbrook Ln, Waunakee
(608) 438-4487

Steinhilber Swanson LLP (Sweet Law)

8040 Excelsior Drive, Suite 301
(608) 827-6880

Tru by Hilton Madison West
8102 Watts Road
(608) 820-1083

YMCA of Dane County
5515 Medical Circle
(608) 276-6606

Interview with Curt Fuszard  
Interview by Kristi Warriner
Kristi recently founded Community CoWorks, an 8000 square foot co-working office space on Laura Lane.  Kristi was born and raised in Middleton, and lives here with her husband Adam, two very active teen daughters, two ugly dogs, four chickens, and a hamster named after the drummer Butch Vig.


Meet:  Curt Fuszard  
Executive Director, REACH-A-Child 
I've known you for a few years now, and you seem to be everywhere. What is your official job these days?
I finished 40 years of combined military and private sector work in 2015, that's when I retired. Private sector was investments. Shortly after I retired, the other board members from Reach-A-Child asked if I would move from the board (which was a total volunteer role) to executive director which is a paid position, to lead the organization. So that's my full time job. It was supposed to be 20 hours a week, but it's like 50. That's okay though, it's a really cool job.

Tell me about Reach-A-Child
We have a great relationship with the EMS team here, and (Middleton Fire) Chief Harris. We deliver children's books and backpacks to them. When they are in a situation where there is a car accident or a fire, if there are children that are traumatized they can spend time with the child, go into the backpack, pull out a children's book and read the book to the child. So now the child is comforted and distracted from whatever that bad thing is.

What branch of the military were you in?
I was Army, so I went to UW-Madison and was in the ROTC program. On the day that I received my diploma, I received my commission. A week later I was wearing green and served for three years.

What was your early career like?
My father moved us around the state a bit, because he was in the National Guard. He'd be assigned to the Waupaca National Guard, the Neenah National Guard, the Milwaukee National Guard. He moved us to Madison, and that was the last stop. When I was 15 I went to work, at the Kelly's Hamburgers. It's now the site of Cousin's Subs on East Washington. I was making $1.10 an hour, and feeling pretty good about that, but then Hoffman House Restaurant, offered me $1.65 so I left Kelly's to go to Hoffman House.
I worked these part-time jobs through high school, and I was not really a good student. But I applied to UW-Madison and was accepted. They have this summer orientation program called SOAR, it's day-long program a month before your freshman year and the last thing on this orientation program is your one-on-one with the school counselor. The school counselor looked at my academic records; my ACT scores and East High School transcripts and he said "You know, based on what I see here, Curt, you're probably going to flunk out." I thought to myself that's good information because I can explore some other options and when I do flunk out, I'll have something lined up.
I was with a whole bunch of my buddies from East High School and we met every day for lunch at the original Kollege Klub. We drank beer and went to class, and after the six-week exams all but two of us had flunked out. I was like "holy crap!"
That got me a little more focused, and toward the end of my sophomore year I joined ROTC and things just accelerated. They asked me to be the commander for Army ROTC. Then they asked me to be commander for Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines. So now I'm commanding all of these ROTC cadets and I was just like 'wow, this is really cool'. Because of things related to ROTC, they came to me and asked me where I'd like to be stationed. My father had been stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington State and I thought that was really pretty.   Then I thought that a Military Intelligence job would be pretty cushy. When I got there, though, they told me I'd be the intelligence officer for the infantry. So Monday through Friday we were out on excursions. I'm glad I did that though, because that was the real army--being with the soldiers.

At the time my wife and I had been married for a year and she was working as a nurse every other weekend. I was in an MBA program that met every third week, and with my military job we'd see each other maybe once a month.
One of the things that taught me was to do literally whatever it takes. I mean we would go out on Monday morning, and return Thursday night or Friday morning. We'd be on night-time reconnaissance excursions that lasted until 2 or 3 am, and then we'd start again at 6 am on three or four hours of sleep, but that's what you had to do.
Coming out of the military I had a number of job offers, and ended up going into investments.   That was 37 fabulous years and I've just been tremendously blessed. Now it's really a matter of what can I do to help people and help organizations.

What organizations have you been a part of?
I serve on the US Army Community Advisory Board for Wisconsin, I was the immediate past president of the Financial Planning Association for Wisconsin,  the immediate past president of the Middleton Endowment, and the immediate past president of the Middleton Optimists. I've served on the Middleton Board of Review Committee, am the President-Elect of Good Neighbor Festival, and on the Board of Directors for the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association.   Through the Alumni board,  I'm connecting with Chancellor Blank regularly and the leadership team at UW-Madison. Now I wish I could go back and be one-on-one with that counselor who told me I'd flunk out and tell him that everything worked out, and it's been a great ride.

What do you find most challenging?
For most of my private sector years it was balance. There was a lot of travel and a lot of commitments. I'm not one of those that regrets things to the point of wishing I could do it over but I tried to be super sensitive to the balance piece and sometimes that worked out and sometimes not so much.

What did you find to be the most fun?
In work I like to say that if you can make the campground better than when you arrived, that's really wonderful.

What are your hobbies?
I have a son and two grandkids, so family is huge. My wife, Barbara and I try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. In the warmer months, I ride a really nice Harley.

Do you have any closing thoughts for Middleton Chamber members?
People in the Middleton Chamber know this, but what we have with the Chamber is something really special. I mean, it's the culture, the environment, the passion, and the connectivity. The comment that I just love came from Jason Gutenberg who was president when I joined. I asked him what kept him up at night. He said 'I think about what are we missing, because it's been going so well for so long that you just don't want to be blind-sided by something.' The fact that the Chamber continues to foster that mind-set means, I think, that they are going to be successful forever. 
Member Events

Craft Supply Stash Swap, Middleton Library

Middleton Fire Night, Madison Capitols

"Good Hops" Beer & Wine Tasting, Middleton Baseball/Softball

Celebrity Basketball Challenge, Easter Seals Wisconsin

Summer Camp Open House, Keva Sports Center

Understanding Financial Statements, SCORE Madison

Apps & Taps Networking Fundraiser, REACH-A-Child

Breaking Barriers in Prospecting, Lift Consulting

Fan Appreciation Carnival, Madison Capitols

Startup Weekend Madison, Ten Forward Consulting

Midwest Young Adult Cancer Conference, Gilda's Club

Electronics Recycling Event, Artis REIT

"Rock CAN Roll" Canstruction, Middleton Outreach Ministry

REACH for a Taste, REACH-A-Child

Members on the Move 
Announcements|Awards|Hires & Promotions
PPD Expands GMP Biologics Testing Capacity, Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) has expanded its GMP (good manufacturing practices) analytical laboratory in Middleton, WI.

Police Department Releases Annual Report, The Middleton Police Department recently released their 2017 Annual Report.

Agrace Offers Support Groups, In April, Agrace will offer several grief support opportunities at the new Agrace Grief Support Center at 2906 Marketplace Drive in Fitchburg.

Rhyme Partners With Xerox, Rhyme has turned to Xerox to help address our customers' office equipment needs with a high level of service and a broad selection of products and solutions.

Garden Grant Recipients Announced for Project Orange Thumb, Fiskars, a leading global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors, is ready to lend a helping hand and announce the recipients of the 2018 Project Orange Thumb garden grants.

ALTUS Announces March 2018 Leases,
ALTUS Commercial Real Estate, Inc. is pleased to announce that Chris Loshaw and Jeff Jansen have completed leases.

Middleton Endowment Now Accepting Grant Applicants,
The Middleton Endowment is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the Middleton  area and is now accepting grant applications for Spring.

Gronewold Joins Alliance Board, Mick Gronewold, owner at Fehr Graham engineering and environmental firm, was appointed to fill a vacant position on The Alliance Board of Directors.

SVA Announces 2nd Annual Women in Business, SVA, along with WISC-TV3 and Madison Magazine, are proud to announce the second year of their Women in Business initiative.

Fearing's Receives Excellence Award, Fearing's Audio Video Security was recently honored by Marcus Theaters with their coveted Vendor Partner of Excellence Award for 2017.

SVA Named as a 2018 Top 100 National Firm, Once again SVA has been named to the Accounting Today Top 100 Firms list.

Kranz Receives Award, Jill Kranz, Middleton Senior Center Director, has been selected to receive the 2018 National Institute of Senior Centers Founders Award.

SVA's Gralapp and Peters Selected for In Business 40 Under 40, Congratulations to SVA's Nicole Gralapp and Jacob Peters on being selected to the 2018 In Business 40 Under 40 class.

Settlers bank Continues to Add Staff, Settlers bank is excited to announce the addition of Susan Fischer and Tammy Caravello to the team.

Top Promotions Welcomes Guy, Top Promotions is pleased to welcome Kevin Guy as Sales Manager.

DrJ Engineering  - Architect

DrJ Engineering - Civil/Structural Drafter

DrJ Engineering - Project Lead Structural Engineer

DrJ Engineering - Research Engineer/Laboratory Technical Director

GrandStay Hotel & Suites - Housekeeping/Front Desk

Marriott Madison West - Banquet Server

Marriott Madison West - Room Attendant

Marriott Madison West - Kitchen Steward/Dishwasher

Marriott Madison West - House Person

Marriott Madison West - Banquet Set-Up

Midwest Open MRI - Nurse Practitioner (NP)   
March Member Renewals
1myVote LLC

Adecco Group

ADIO Chiropractic

Aeschbach Automotive

ALTUS Commercial Real Estate

Aqua Plumbing

Atmosphere Commercial Interiors

Aune & Associates, Inc, American Family Insurance

Avenue Auto Body, Inc.


Becky McKenzie Photography

Bill's Towing & Auto Repair LLC

Blue River Chiropractic

Brookens Construction LLC

Cabinet City by Dream

Camelot Interiors, Inc.

Camping for the FUN of It

Capitol Bank

Celerity Staffing Solutions

Clean Lakes Alliance

CORE Health & Fitness

Courtyard by Marriott -
Madison West

CPU Solutions

Culver's of Middleton

David F. Grams & Associates

Dhaba Indian Bistro

Dream House Dream Kitchens
Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.

Emmons Business Interiors

First Choice Dental Group, SC

First Lutheran Church

First Weber - S. Reese

First Weber - Wills

Fleet Feet Sports Madison

Food Concepts, Inc.

Geisking Public Relations

Get Found Madison

Gilson Inc.

Googins Advisors, Inc

H. Krueger & Associates

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Madison West

Infinity Martial Arts

Integrated Time Systems

Isthmus Eye Care, S.C.

Keith Bidne Agency -
Farmers Insurane

Kjorlie Law LLC

Knothe & Bruce Architects, LLC

Latitude Graphics LLC

Luedtke-Storm-Mackey Chiropractic Clinic, S.C.

Lycon Inc.

Middleton Fire District

Middleton Jaycees

Middleton Lions Club

Middleton Power Center
Middleton Senior Center

Natus Neurology Incorporated

Neider & Boucher S.C.

Onsager Law Office

Parks Electrical Service Inc.

Promises Floral and Gift Studio

Resource Engineering
Associates, Inc.

Ripp Sewer and Drain Cleaning

Rural Mutual Insurance Co.

Savant Capital Management

Simply Savvy

Springs Window Fashions, LLC

State Bank of Cross Plains - Middleton

Staybridge Suites
Middleton/Madison West

Tanners Bar & Grill

The Brattlie Agency

The Nitty Gritty

Thompson Investment Management, Inc.

Village Green Bar & Grill

Waunakee Remodeling

Weed Man

Welton Enterprises, Inc.

Woodall Baseball Academy

World Class Outdoor Lighting

WSI - We Simplify Internet Marketing


Celebrating 5 Years 
First Weber - Wills Team 
Celebrating 10 Years 
Savant Capital Management  

Celebrating 15 Years 
Paychex, Inc.
The Nitty Gritty
Celebrating 20 Years 
Electronic Theatre Controls
Knothe & Bruce Architects 
Celebrating 25 Years 
PKK Lighting, Inc. 

Celebrating 30Years 
American Girl Brands 
Thank You for Your Continued Membership!