Alumni Updates, October 2021

Brad Sharkey (’04 BBA-Finance, ’09 MBA) has been named director of recruitment at Premier Medical Staffing Services, where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategic talent acquisition tactics that support the company’s long-term growth goals. 

TEMPO members elected DeVona Wright Cottrell (’06 Executive MBA), chief legal officer and general counsel at GMR Marketing, as board chair of the organization effective May 1, 2021. Wright Cottrell has been an active TEMPO member since 2016, is a 2020 TEMPO Mentor Award recipient and was recently named a 2021 Women of Influence winner. TEMPO is the largest professional women’s group in Wisconsin, composed of nearly 800 executive and Emerging Women Leaders representing diverse industries, functions and companies from throughout the Milwaukee area and Southeastern Wisconsin.

Two Executive MBA alumni – Peggy Kelsey (‘06 Executive MBA), executive vice president, general counsel & corporate secretary at WEC Energy Group, and DeVona Wright Cottrell (‘06 Executive MBA), chief legal officer and general counsel at GMR Marketing – were featured in the September issue of Wisconsin Law magazine in the article Glacial Change: Women in Law Firm & Corporate Leadership.”

Eric Schmidt (’07 Executive MBA) will assume the role of president of C.G. Schmidt, effective January 1, 2022. He currently serves as the company’s senior vice president. CG Schmidt is a leader in quality construction management, general construction, and design‐build services with offices in Madison and Milwaukee.

Nicholas Starr (’10 BBA-Marketing) has been named president of The Starr Group, a risk solutions and insurance agency founded in 1956 by his grandfather. Nick joined the agency in 2011 and became a member of the management team in 2017.

Anthony Nitz (’13 BBA-Accounting and Finance, ’14 MS-Professional Accounting) has been named a portfolio administrator at Marietta Investment Partners, LLC, where he is responsible for back-office operations and maintaining client relationships through high-quality service to prospective, new, and existing clients. 

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