Meet our NEWEST Team members!

Schroeder Solutions is pleased to welcome Sara Plautz and Peter Cherchian to its team of Workplace Consultants.


Sara Plautz brings over five years of design and sales expertise to the Schroeder Solutions Account Management Team. Design knowledge and experience in the residential sector is always an asset to the sales process at Schroeder Solutions. This background will serve Plautz’s clients well as she guides them through the project process. Her business development instincts, drive and positive energy makes her an exciting addition to the Schroeder Solutions team.

Plautz grew up in the construction industry as her father has owned a high end custom cabinetry business based out of Wausau for 37 years. She returns home to visit her family and dog Reggie as much as possible. An average week for Plautz is full of work and working out; she is sort of a gym rat. She also enjoys many outdoor activities, such as hiking, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, snowboarding, etc. In September of 2016 she went parasailing 1,020 feet above Lake Tahoe…even though she is afraid of heights. She believes in making the most out of every day!


Joining the team as a Senior Account Manager, Peter Cherchian is a sales and marketing management strategist with over 14 years of industry experience. His leadership skills and strategic thinking will add great value and depth to the Schroeder Solutions team. As a project manager, he has a responsive and detailed approach and a sincere desire for the success of his clients.

Outside of the office Cherchian enjoys spending time with his family, his wife Sarah (of 12 years) and three boys. When he is not with them, riding and racing anything on two wheels, golf, soccer, and chess keep his mind and body occupied. You may also find Cherchian playing some video games from time to time or tasting some of the many Wisconsin microbrews.

Meet our newest team members!

Schroeder Solutions is pleased to welcome AJ Fink, Kelly Cayo, CRP and Jamie Fink to its team of Workplace Consultants!


AJ Fink brings over 19 years of operations and sales experience to the Schroeder Solutions Account Management Team. He is excited about this new opportunity to combine his love for relationship building, problem solving and sales. Fink believes his good listening skills and detail oriented nature will bring a sense of urgency to client projects. He looks forward to expanding Schroeder Solutions success in target markets such as higher education and hospitality as well as supporting the continued growth of the logistics department.

When AJ isn’t making a fantastic sales pitch, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jamie, and their five children or cheering on the Milwaukee Bucks! His favorite food is a loaded cheeseburger with as many toppings as you can possibly fit on it. Outside of work, he loves song writing, playing music with his kids and coaching soccer. AJ also is a Worship Leader at Northbrook Church in Richfield.kelly-cayo-2

Also joining the Account Management team, Kelly Cayo is a strategically focused leader with a successful background in sales, management and service operations. He is a Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) who has over 18 years of experience in the relocation industry. He is excited to be working with a company that is customer service focused and knows the importance of being a strong client advocate. With the comprehensive service offering at Schroeder Solutions, he looks forward to being a high level resource for his clients.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys fishing, golfing and cooking chili. He believes that almost anything, including his chili, tastes better with hot sauce on it. His favorite vacation spot is Chamberlin Narrows in Ontario, Canada; he says it has the best walleye fishing in the world. Kelly has two grown children and enjoys spending time binge watching Netflix shows with his wife.jamie-fink-2

As a new member of the Design Team, Jamie Fink brings an artistic approach to the design process. Her background in fashion merchandising and business and her over ten years of experience in residential design give her a unique perspective on creating vibrant work environments. Fink’s residential projects have been highlighted by HGTV and IKEA and publicized in sources such as Apartment Therapy. She is excited to use her creativity and eye for design to segue into the commercial industry.

When Jamie isn’t working hard at Schroeder Solutions, she’s spending time with her husband AJ and their full house of five kids, two cats and two dogs. She enjoys traveling, specifically to Europe, designing and cleaning her beautiful house in Brookfield. One of her favorite things to do outside of work is put her children to bed, have AJ make her a cocktail and unwind from the day by watching one of their favorite shows together.

WorkWell Contest and Giveaway Helps Past Winners “Work Well”

Work Well Giveaway Contest

Schroeder Solutions recently checked in with our 2014 WorkWell Winners to see how the contest has impacted their overall workplace well-being. Learn more about how each winner made positive changes to their own health and office environment below:

1st Place: Bevara

Cory Pederson, our first place private office winner, says his sit-to-stand office helps increase his productivity throughout the day. Pederson’s posture and overall health tremendously have improved due to the new ability to stand while he works.

“My neck and back feel so much better from posture improvement and breaks from sitting in the same position,” says Pederson. He tries to stand for at least 1-2 hours each day to alleviate any pain associated with extended periods of sitting.

Pictured: Cory Pederson's height-adjustable Teknion private office.

How will you benefit from winning this contest?

We asked each of our participants how they would benefit from winning our WorkWell Contest. So, we took a look back at what our 2014 winners had to say.

Pederson said that winning the contest will help promote Bevara as a healthy work environment from the very first day employees move into its new office space.

Company Overview: Bevara Building Services has provided affordable and reliable facility maintenance service to its clients since 1996. From retail to residential buildings, Bevara develops and implements periodic, preventative and emergency response programs to meet the needs of each property it serves.

2nd Place: CSE

Our second place winner of a height-adjustable table and LifeSpan treadmill, Rose Anderson, believes that her new office has impacted her on more of an emotional level.

“It’s a great mood-lifter to be able to step away from your traditional desk, grab your laptop and continue working while walking on the treadmill,” says Anderson. “For some reason, walking on a treadmill while working is fun and not as tedious as actual exercise.” She explains that having the treadmill in her office also reinforces CSE’s image to employees and clients as being a fun, interactive and creative company.


How will you benefit from winning the contest?

CSE said that being able to move more throughout the day will help increase employee productivity, for employees will be more comfortable and far less stiff and achy. CSE also thought that it would help reduce the stress level for people to get up and move around more during their workday.

Company Overview: CSE is a promotional marketing company that offers branded merchandise and marketing solutions to its clients. CSE is a one stop shop for product, kitting, banners, awards and program fulfillment.

3rd Place: Green Bay YMCA

Michelle Murton, our third place winner of a Teknion height-adjustable table, feels more energetic and productive since having the new table in her office.

“I really wish everyone could have access to this,” says Morton. “I prefer to stand whenever possible, so I’ve planned more standing and walking meetings.” She believes that the height-adjustable table greatly has improved her workdays as a whole.

Pictured: Nick Rozek of Green Bay YMCA using the height-adjustable table while he works.

How will you benefit from winning the contest?

Morton explained that having a height-adjustable desk will allow the YMCA to show how it has impacted employee health and productivity and how it also can make a positive difference for other businesses as well.

Company Overview: Green Bay YMCA not only offers fitness for adults and families through all of its classes and programs, but it also offers the same classes and programs to local businesses and companies onsite. Green Bay YMCA has personal training, nutrition and wellness coaching services available to all.

We love seeing companies make healthy changes to their work environments in order to improve employee health, well-being and performance. Research shows that a well-designed space leads to a happier, healthier and more productive workplace.

Non Profit Excellence Awards – Nominee

Non Profit Excellence AwardThe BizTimes introduced a new awards program this year, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The publication wanted to recognize individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact in the community. After receiving over 100 nominations, 30 finalists and 10 honorees were selected. “The entire program is designed to shine the spotlight on southeastern Wisconsin’s best corporate citizens and most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations and their leaders,” said Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Media.

Scott Gierhahn and the Schroeder Solutions team were finalists in the In-Kind Support category. The team’s work for both Broadscope Disability Services and Variety-the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin were highlighted.

Thank you to the BizTimes for this recognition and congratulations to all of the finalists and honorees! Click here for the full article.