2014 Year In Review

We like to call 2014 – The Year of Change. We encourage our clients to make changes every day. So, we asked the same of ourselves throughout 2014. We took the time and resources to invest in our own company in order to better serve our clients. Our team joined forces to redesign our showroom, we updated our technological infrastructure, improved and added service offerings as well as hired new, energetic team members.

We invested in
• A Learning Center / Showroom refresh
• A 2,000-square foot retail space for clients – 6 vignettes and 12 chairs stocked and ready for shipment in just a few days
• Upgraded servers
• Created a customer service portal
• A virtual library – so staff can easily research client product needs
• New energetic team members

Our manufacturer partners, such as Teknion, also continued to invest in the industry by looking for new ways to enhance our environments. Teknion partnered with B&B Italia, Girsberger and Suzanne Tick to expand its product offering while also finding ways to update existing product lines such as the Interpret benching system.

Despite all of these changes, our commitment to our clients and the community remain a constant in our daily efforts – we believe in creating places that work. We believe in finding ways to support non-profit organizations with the products and services we have available. We can support their organizational missions by helping to improve their work environments. Our efforts in this area were recognized throughout 2014. We received the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service Work for The Variety Clubs of Wisconsin, were nominated for the BizTimes NonProfit Excellence Awards and worked with the Wellness Council of Wisconsin on the second annual Work Well Campaign.

As we are well into the first quarter, we see 2015 as The Year of Opportunity. We will continue to upgrade our operational systems in order to provide better service for our clients. Our commitment to efficiency helps us continually improve our customer service. We have spent the last year building strong relationships and aligning with key partners. Together we will tackle workplace challenges and complete exciting projects. We will continue to grow labor services to support specific market sectors and invest in the health and vitality of our team.

We are so thankful for our client and vendor partners. We appreciate your business and your trust. We enjoyed helping you make significant changes in your businesses throughout 2014 and look forward to supporting you in 2015 and the years to come.

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.

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Schroeder Solutions welcomes Angela Harris to its Account Management Team

Angela (1)Angela is an educated interior designer with over eight years of residential and commercial sales experience. Her sales and design skills combined with her coaching background make her a valuable addition to the team. Angela is committed to providing exceptional customer service and looks forward to developing long-term relationships with Schroeder Solutions’ clients, colleagues and vendor partners.

In addition to bringing new energy and excitement to the office, Angela enjoys an active life. She keeps busy with her husband, two-year old son and Chesapeake Bay Retriever Duke. She enjoys traveling, organizing, working out and indulging in Reality TV.

A little Angela trivia – She was part of University of Wisconsin – La Crosse gymnastics team. They were national champions during her time with the team from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, she was recognized with the Scholar Athlete Award for Gymnastics. Since 1999, she has shared her passion for gymnastics and competitive athletics as a coach at M&M Gymnastics.

Schroeder Solutions is pleased to add Tyler Smith as Vice President of Operations

Tyler Smith We are excited to have Tyler Smith on board as our new VP of Operations!

The process started when Tyler and his family made the decision to move up to Milwaukee from Wheaton, IL to be closer to family.  His job search led him to connect with our president, Scott Gierhahn.  After months of discussions and careful planning, it was clear Tyler was the right fit for Schroeder and vise-versa. He brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding on operational strategy and is ready to help move our company forward.

Smith is a well-rounded leader having served in management roles for the food service and logistics industry.  In his last position, he oversaw a staff of  44 employees plus, as well as the daily the operation of 400-1,000 home deliveries per day.

“We are looking forward to Tyler’s insight and expertise to enhance the operations of our company.  His primary focus will be on project management from initial quote to final billing” says Scott Gierhahn, President of Schroeder Solutions. “In addition, he will oversee the day to day activities and work flow of each department.  All project work and assignments will now run through Smith and our Controller in effort to streamline our processes and create efficiencies to  ultimately impact our clients in a positive manner.”

Get to know Tyler better in the “People on the Move” article published by the Business Journal.