The annual Muskego Chamber of Commerce gala and awards ceremony celebrated businesses that made a difference, some new to the scene, while remembering and thanking an outgoing member for his service.
The organization said good bye to Joe Schroeder, who is the President of the chamber and also the Muskego-Norway School District Superintendent. Schroeder is resigning at the end of June to take a position with the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators.
With a magic theme decorating the evening at Bush Gardens on Thursday, magician 'The Great La Bak' 'locked' him up in a joking attempt to keep him around.
The chamber also recognized the following people and businesses:
Mayor's beautification award: L Spa
The salon and spa officially opened its doors in July 2007 in New Berlin, then opened a second salon along Janesville Road nearly years later to the day. Lauren Busch, owner, and her family took the existing Thompson Dental building and transformed it into the new salon, turning the building and surrounding grounds into the permanent home of L Spa.
Ambassador of the Year – Jeff Hoeser, American Solutions for Business
Hoeser has been a member of the Muskego Chamber of Commerce since 1998, serving on its Board of Directors and founding the ambassador committee. He is also one of two representatives for the Chamber on the Muskego Festival Committee. Jeff has also contributed to Muskego’s Country Christmas, the golf outing and other Chamber events.
Business of the Year – Sandoval Dental
Dr. Michael Sandoval opened his practice in 1984 after graduating from Marquette Dental School. Sandoval opened in Muskego in 1994 and has grown from a one chair office into nine fully equipped operatories over the past 28 years. Tina Weiss, executive director for the chamber, said the practice has thrived as they have become more involved with Chamber events and at the forefront of sponsorship and support over 2011.
2012 Scholarship Winner - Allison Gage
Gage is a senior at Muskego High School, and is the school board's student representative. She is also president of the Future Business Leaders of America at the high school, putting in an additional 250 hours of volunteer service.
Gage has aspirations for a career in business and has been accepted at the Ohio State University. Her placement on the honor roll at MHS throughout her attendance was only part of the deciding factor in naming her. Her commitment to service and her leadership roles made her the 2012 winner, according to Weiss.
Rookie of the Year: Nicholas Robinson – PyraMax Bank
Robinson is the bank's Executive Officer at its Muskego Branch. Robinson had tremendous success since 2010 running the Muskego branch and reaching out to Tudor Oaks and creating a branch location in their facility as well.