WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Business Alliance has
named six Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County award
winners — young professionals who have excelled in their
careers and community.
awards were nomination- based, and an independent panel
of judges reviewed all nominees based on community
service, achievement of professional goals, a team
mindset, continual self-improvement, exemplifying
leadership traits and seeking ways to advance, according
to a press release.
“These six Emerging Leaders are dedicated individuals
who have taken their personal and professional growth to
heart,” said Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the
Waukesha County Business Alliance. “They represent a
bright future for Waukesha County and demonstrate what
companies can achieve by nurturing and supporting
Winners will received their awards at a luncheon on
April 25 at Davians in Menomonee Falls. Registration for
the event is available on the Alliance’s website
vice president of technical product management, GE
has a proven past of driving the technology strategy and
change management for buying, fulfilling, delivering and
installing equipment for customers. Dunn started working
at GE as an engineering co-op for GE Appliances, and is
considered an inspirational thought leader on how to
drive productivity within the company’s supply chain. He
also serves as co-chair of IT United — a United Way
profession- specific group — and is on the board of
United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County.
employment and community services
director, Easterseals Southeast Wisconsin.
Lohmann is a dynamic, goal-oriented professional with
demonstrated skills in vocational and community
rehabilitation. Lohmann has nearly 20 years of
experience working with individuals with disabilities
and mental illness and, while at Easterseals, has been
an integral part of the growth of integrated programming
for work and community programs. Since Lohmann joined
Easterseals, employment programs have grown by nearly $1
million, job placements in community-based jobs have
increased from 10 in 2011 to 127 in 2017 and she has
contributed to more than $250,000 in grant funding.
Lohmann is the past president of the Wisconsin
Association for Supporting Employment First and
continues as the chair on the training/conference
committee She also leads the Waukesha Independence
Network that focuses on increasing employment for people
with disabilities in Waukesha County and educating
director of commercial interiors and business
development, Hunzinger Construction.
O’Toole has worked at Hunzinger for 16 years and over
the past five he was transitioned into a leadership role
with the company’s Construction/Tenant Improvement
Division, where he heads and supervises all of
Hunzinger’s specialized commercial interior projects
that are customer- service driven. The company has also
developed a community outreach program, which O’Toole
has embraced by volunteering for Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Metro Milwaukee and Waukesha and the Make-AWish
Foundation of Wisconsin, serving on the Association of
General Contractor’s Construction Leadership Council and
championing Hunzinger’s Troop Care Shipment Program.
engineer manager, EmbedTek LLC.
Rethwisch is an engineering leader in the field of
embedded electronics and has spent his career leading
development teams that create innovative embedded
systems. At EmbedTek, Rethwisch has helped grow the
engineering department from two people and $3 million in
revenue to 20 people and $21 million in revenue. He also
mentors youth interested in engineering and robotics
fields through Marquette University and local middle and
high schools, Boy and Girl Scouts and more.
senior vice president and chief operating officer,
Ruekert & Mielke Inc.
Since starting with Ruekert & Mielke in 1999, Wurster
earned the title of COO at 38 years old. His dedication
and leadership have contributed to team-building and
employee development and assisting staff.
operations manager, WOW Workforce Development Inc.
Simons was born in Mexico and raised in Texas where she
gained her permanent residency status at 21. After
moving to Wisconsin she started working in the workforce
system and has for 10 years. As the operations manager
for Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development,
she assists the president with oversight of the
organization’s programs and services to safeguard that
governmental agencies, community organizations,
partners, employers and clients have a positive
experience. She also manages the Business Services Unit
to make sure local businesses have access to necessary
workforce development needs.
Information about the award winners was
submitted by the Waukesha County Business Alliance.