Waukesha County Business Alliance announces 2019 Emerging Leaders

Freeman Staff

May 3, 2019

 The Waukesha County Business Alliance has chosen eight Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County, highlighting young professionals work in their careers and community. From left are Rick Verthein, financial advisor for Baird — The BV Group; Sarah Butz, director of community benefit for Pro-Health Care; Dr. Amy Romashko, medical director for children's urgent care for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin; Amy Fouts, regional director of operations for Capri Senior Communities; Eric Neuman, senior manager for Chortek LLP; and Matt Neumann, CEO of Neumann Companies. Also earning the award were Jeremy Josetti, general manager and co-owner of AQ Matic Valve & Controls, and James Ober, senior project manager for Hydro-Thermal Corp.
Photo courtesy of Waukesha County Business Alliance

WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Business Alliance has announced the eight winners of its Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards program, which celebrates young professionals who have shown personal initiative, determination and commitment to their careers and their community.

The alliance received many nominations for the awards, according to a news release, and an independent judging panel reviewed nominees based on five criteria: community service involvement; leadership traits; being a team player; professional achievement; and personal and professional development.

2019 Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County are:

Sarah Butz, director of community benefit, ProHealth Care. Butz spearheads ProHealth Care’s community benefit initiatives including community education, charitable contributions, community health initiatives, safety net partnerships and leadership volunteerism. Her community service includes the Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce, Thriving Waukesha County Alliance, Kettle Moraine’s High School of Health Sciences, Lake Area Free Clinic and the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s Health Care committee. She helps lead the Nutrition and Physical Activity Community Health Action Team for the Waukesha County CHIPP and recently completed a stint as the president of the Oconomowoc Rotary Club.

Amy Fouts, regional director of operations, Capri Senior Communities.

Fouts is responsible for over 900 units of independent living, assisted living and memory care for Capri Senior Communities, including as many as 12 individual health care licenses. Fouts is focused on responding to her team’s needs and reduced staff turnover from 60 percent to 33 percent in a single year. Amy has been honored as an Argentum Senior Living “Leader Under 40” and is active in her local and professional community via organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association and the Milwaukee Waukesha Aging Consortium.

Jeremy Josetti, general manager and co-owner, AQ Matic Valve & Controls.

Josetti helped start AQ Matic Valve & Controls in 2016. In his current role, Josetti has developed a team of 30-plus employees who passionately serve worldwide markets for water treatment and air movement applications. He maintains broad knowledge of the water treatment industry with experience in valve, membrane and ionexchange system design through experience with companies like Osmonics, GE and Pentair.

Eric Neuman, senior manager, Chortek LLP.

Neuman is a senior manager at Chortek LLP, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm. Neuman’s passion for relationship and community building is the foundation of his career with Chortek LLP. Throughout the year, he volunteers with organizations that make southeastern Wisconsin a better place to live and work: Wisconsin Special Olympics, Meta House, The Journey House, Junior Achievement – Finance Park, FaB Wisconsin, Waukesha County Business Alliance, East Tosa Business Alliance and the American Lung Association.

Matt Neumann, CEO, Neumann Companies.

Neumann has been working in real estate development, home building and solar development for 14 years. Neumann is a second-generation family business owner of Neumann Companies, which has become a family of companies that includes Tim O’Brien Homes, Sun-Vest Solar, Harbor Homes and more. His philosophy is that investing in people and the communities in which we work is the best way to run a sustainable business. He is active in his church and other charities, and remains committed to living, working and investing in Wisconsin’s future.

James Ober, senior project manager, Hydro-

Thermal Corp. For the past two years, Ober has worked as a senior project manager at Hydro-Thermal Corporation. Ober has tackled several challenging projects including reviewing Hydro-Thermal’s entire production process and helping to organize and refocus the company’s mid-level management team. He is the vice president of on ice operations and the high school head coach for the Milwaukee Blaze Hockey program and has also organized fundraising opportunities to give local, low-income children a chance to play hockey.

Dr. Amy Romashko, MD, medical director for Children’s Urgent Care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Romashko oversees seven urgent care sites and 120 team members, and she spearheads best practices that have led to national recognition. She is also a trained facilitator for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Language of Caring Program, which helps to foster patient centered care and communication across the system. Romashko is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) and helps set standards for pediatric care delivery across the country as a board member for the Society for Pediatric Urgent Care (SPUC).

Rick Verthein, financial advisor, Baird — The BV Group. Verthein’s focus has been on developing the investment strategies and financial plans at Baird that give clients the flexibility to focus on the important aspects of their life. He was named to Forbes/Shook Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisor in 2017 and 2018. Outside of work, Verthein serves on the advisory board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Milwaukee Chapter as well as various committees. He is the board president for Adaptive Community Approach Program in Waukesha and is an active member of the Waukesha Rotary Club.

The eight winners received their awards during YPWeek at the Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards luncheon on April 24.