Community Service: Be the Spark Tours

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) launched the “Be the Spark” Tour for the Milwaukee Public School District in 2014. The intent of the program was to show students the power of a college degree and the job opportunities an advanced education can provide. Seventh grade students from around the Milwaukee area have toured more than 46 local businesses since the program began. Schroeder Solutions had the privilege to host two schools, Angela McLaughlin’s class from Wedgewood Park International School and Kristine Esmond’s class from Audubon Technology and Communication Center Middle School.

Through an interactive presentation, our team shared project work with students and explained the education requirements necessary to qualify for various positions within the company. During these tours, students explored our office space, including the warehouse and loading docks, to get a feel for the capabilities of our company as well as our culture and work environment. Students spent time in our design library and retail space. They even tested some of the cool education furniture that we have within our office.

The Wedgewood Park International students were particularly inspired by the Schroeder Solutions’ design process. According to McLaughlin, “By opening your doors you allow my students to open their eyes to the abundance of possibilities. Your positive atmosphere and patience helped to keep them calm yet excited about learning. I have decided to have a contest with my students and have them redesign my classroom. Thank you for the inspiration and for investing your time in my students and showing them what great ideas can lead to.”



If you would like to learn more about the program, visit the MMAC website:

Schroeder Solutions Launches Ignite Power Lecture Series

Schroeder Solutions is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a free lecture series, called “Ignite,” to provide enriching programming to professionals in Milwaukee at the Hudson Business Lounge and at Schroeder Solutions’ New Berlin headquarters, 1920 S. Calhoun Rd. The programming series focuses on a range of topics that are geared toward professional development and personal growth.

According to Scott Gierhahn, CEO of Schroeder Solutions, “The Ignite Power Lecture Series is an extension of Schroeder Solutions commitment to continually educate our employees, clients and the community. It also aligns with our goal to help those we serve & partner with achieve a better quality of life in the workplace.”

He added, “We decided to take it a step further and offer presentations that focus on personal wellness, too, believing that people are happier and more productive at work, if they are prospering outside the office.”

Ignite Power Lecture Series Schedule

Dec. 11th — Mobilizing Your Workforce Through Technology– (Presented by Adam Bartos, Director of Marketing, MSI) Location: Schroeder Solutions; Time: 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 15th – Shining a Light on Philanthropy: A Panel Discussion on Why it’s Good for Business – (Panelists: Rob Cowen, president of Badger Alloys; Raejean Kanter, Executive Vice President and Director of The Falk Group) Location: Schroeder Solutions; Time: 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 28th – How to Recruit and Work with Millennials – (Presented by Ian Abston, President of Newaukee) Location: HUDSON Business Lounge; Time: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 12th – A Culinary Compendium: An Update on Milwaukee’s Food & Beverage Industry–(Presented by Kyle Cherek, Host of Wisconsin Foodie) Location: HUDSON Business Lounge; Time: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 26th – Spring Training: A Sneak Preview of the Brewers’ 2015 Season – (Presented by Drew Olson, Host ESPN Milwaukee) Location: HUDSON Business Lounge; Time: 5:30 p.m.

March 12th – Estate Planning – The Basics; How to Get Started and Things to Consider – (Presented by Pam Evason, Co-owner and Managing Director, Windermere Wealth Advisors” Location: Schroeder Solutions: Time: 11:30 a.m.

March 26th– The Reasons We Feel so Discontent –(Presented by Bob Chernow, Former Vice Chair of the World Future Society) Location: HUDSON Business Lounge; Time: 5:30 p.m.

April 9th- How to Talk to the Media – Interview Tips and Tricks, a Panel Discussion – (Panelists: Kyle Cherek, Wisconsin Foodie; Drew Olson, ESPN; Susie Falk, The Falk Group Public Relations)Location: HUDSON Business Lounge; Time: 5:30 p.m.


Top Performing Sales Teams: Then & Now, Oct. 30th, 8am-9am

While the basics of the sales process have remained the same over the years, the way companies go to market has changed and will continue to change, to meet the needs of the market. Top performers are individuals and teams that consistently produce sales volumes in the top 5% of all sales people. It’s these top performers on which we want to focus. As technology evolves and customer’s needs change, so does the way people buy and sell. What remains the same is the “numbers”. Sales professionals have to make their “numbers” in order to support a growing business. We need our sales people to understand this and deliver. Bill Phillips of Strategen Inc. will review the changes we have seen and discuss how “Top Performing Sales Teams” are taking advantage of the opportunities out there today.

Phillips Presenter: Bill Phillips, Strategen
As a senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in component and equipment manufacturing companies, Mr. Phillips has developed sales coaching into an art by working with and observing the best sales people in the world. He is a co-author with Louis Busalacchi of 50 Habits of Top Performing Sales People, a book which highlights the top ideals inherent in virtually all top performing salespeople. These ideals are focused on organizational skills, sales skills, interpersonal skills and account development skills. The topics discussed throughout the book are woven into Mr. Phillips’ presentation, “The 10 Habits of Top Performing Sales People.”

Phonebooths & Mailboxes – How mobile work trends are impacting the office environment, Oct. 30th, 11:30am-12:30pm

Is the office going the way of the phonebooth and mailbox? Are today’s technology and mobile work practices making the workplace obsolete? This presentation explores the advantages of mobile work trends and analyses the world’s most innovative mobile workplaces. What role does the physical work environment play in today’s economy? What are the ways designer can create workplaces to meet these needs?

This presentation examines mobile work trends and their impact on business. Explore effective case studies, the new role for the office, its advantages, and various space planning solutions.

CEU Information:
IDCEC Accreditation #: 103389
Accepted by: IDCEC and AIA
Credits: 0.1 CEU

Laura BaxtLaura Baxt, A+D Associate; Showroom Manager
In her role as Teknion A+D Associate, Laura’s primary responsbility is to work with new and existing clients to bring Teknion products and service programs to the forefront of the Architectural and Design community for consideration as the prime solution for clients within all market segments. Laura also manages the daily operations of the Chicago showroom, which displays the Teknion products for the A+D community and clients.