K ee p i n g yo u i n fo r m ed , a w ar e , an d co nn ec t ed Second Quarter
S CHRO EDER CO NNECTED
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Employee Profile: Jason Maier
Updates with Scott …………2
Project Highlights ……………2 More than a few people here have seen first
TRS Safety Banquet...……...3 hand the many talents and trades of Jason
Birthdays, Anniversaries..…3 Maier. However, few probably know the
Please Welcome.……..………4 history of how he came to be the Service
Technician at Schroeder Solutions; the story
behind the man who is. . . The Big Drink.
After graduating from the Milwaukee Trade
and Technical High School, Jason took a job
with PC Innovation, Inc. doing welding
work. He began and continued to improve
Jason – CFR Machine Operator their product, producing something the
company could finally be proud of.
Unfortunately Jason’s welding days were cut short when his doctor told him that the poor
ventilation conditions at his job site were damaging his lungs. Jason was then forced to
focus on furniture installation. At this time, he also learned how to lay carpet tiles and
broadloom carpet, as well as VCT tiles and base cove.
A few months after he parted with PC Innovation, Jason found an ad for Schroeder
Solutions at Trinity Staffing. He came here for an interview and thus, the Drink has
become a standard at Schroeder Solutions.
Jason started at Schroeder as a furniture installer, but when Scott and Jim gave him the
opportunity to prove that he could bring an additional element to the company through
his other skills. . .he was thrilled to have the chance. Jason is now officially the Service
Technician at Schroeder; he does carpet installation, operates the CFR machine, refabs
panels and worksurfaces, and runs deliveries, pickups and repairs. However, he is also
looking forward to receiving more responsibilities as his time here goes on. Beyond that,
Jason does a lot of behind the scenes stuff that many people may not be aware of. In the
evenings, during the week, and on the weekends Jason checks the fluids in the trucks,
makes sure they are running ok and cleans them. He also straightens the lift gates after
the crews unload so they are ready for the next day. Jason will rarely say “no” to a night
job, and appreciates the hard work that Jim does
for the company. “He’s a problem solver,” Maier
said, “he sometimes has to make things work with
a toothpick and a bolt. So I do whatever I can to
make his job easier.” And many, if not all of the
staff at Schroeder know that when Jason says
he’ll help you out with something, he means it –
we are lucky to have a person like Jason on staff!
Q & A – continued on pg 4.
Jason – panel refab work
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HAG's seating solutions are the
result of our belief that people are
not designed to sit still, but naturally
tend towards movement and
OPPORTUNITIES. . .
IZZY DESIGN: Hag seating
variation. April 22, 2005 marked the first day of the fist ever
Small Business Times Expo, which brought
In modern life we spend much time
companies from all over southeastern Wisconsin
sitting and take inadequate regard
together at the State Fair Exposition Center. This
of the body's innate need for
event lasted two full days, featured two award luncheons and a fabulous after
activity. So these days, we don't just
hours event (at which, Toni managed to get her own party started right in our
need chairs for support, but seating
booth, luring people who had been on their feet too long into one of the “oh so
solutions that stimulate variation
comfortable” Contessa chairs.)
and movement as well.
From www.izzydesign.com A team of Schroeder personnel worked at our booth both days (and as time
permitted, brushed up on their golf skills with Tiger Woods). We had a number of
patrons stop by, some looking to sit in a comfy chair for a minute, some scouring
for give aways, and still others inquiring about “who exactly is Schroeder
Solutions, and what do you do?” Through our exposure at the Expo, we have
gained at least two accounts, and have taken another step in getting the good name
of Schroeder Solutions out to the public – the 3,000 plus attendees have now, at
the very least, seen or heard the name Schroeder Solutions.
Mission accomplished. . . for now. . .
Froedtert Hospital: Trailer
Schroeder Solutions received and installed 175 new Herman Miller Because of space issues, the facilities
workstations, as well as installed and relocated the Product Development management team at Froedtert was
Group and the Marketing Department. We have now begun work on relocated to an Executive Modular
the Advertising Department, which will be handled in phases to Suite on the Campus. They
accommodate the furniture teardown and relocations. Then the first turned to Schroeder Solutions to
weekend in June the Human Resources Department relocation was furnish their space. We space planned, designed and specified
started. furnishings for the trailer, and then installed the product. They now
have a comfortable space that is all their own!
Project Management: Dan Spychalla Sales: Jeff Michalski
Project Lead: Donna Schroepfer Design: Gretchen Machmueller
Project Management: Dan Spychalla
Project Lead: Dean Lorch
Metavante: Floor to Ceiling Project
Schroeder Solutions completed the design and recommendation for
Schroeder Solutions Expedited the teardown of approximately 300 feet
furniture for the T-Group’s new corporate offices. The T-Group
of KI Floor-to-ceiling product around the Legal Department. After the
Consulting Firm is a newly formed company which is managing the
teardown, the panels that were going to be re-used were tagged and the
development of Kenosha area Casinos. Our designer, after meeting
rest were hauled out. On Monday the panels were re-installed in the new
with the client chose warm earthy tones for their office.
conference room. The project will be
Milliken Centro Floor covering
complete once KI installs their new
was used, and the walls were
Genius Wall (all glass product) to finish
painted soothing colors of
up the Legal Department’s new Area.
mushroom, olive and off-white.
Sales: Jeff Michalski Schroeder Solutions performed
Project Manager: Kenlyn Wierzbach the installation of new Paoli
Project Lead: Ralph Tatum Whitmore Casegoods and also
relocated the T-Group.
Sales: Scott Gierhahn
Design: Nikki Couillard
Project Leads: Bob Jaskie, Ralph Tatum and Dean Lorch
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Safety Banquet Awards
On March 30th, one of our sister companies, Total Relocation
Services in Green Bay, held a Safety Banquet to honor the
hard work and efforts of the TRS Mayflower employees who
met the safety standards. Among the awards handed out that
evening were: Length of Service Recognition, Safe Driving
Award, and the Safe Worker Award. The presentation of
these awards was TRS’s way of saying “thank you” for
helping them become one of the top moving companies in Award Recipients <Left To Right> Randy Scofield, Fran Dewitt, Earl
Wisconsin. In addition to these awards TRS Mayflower was Zwieschowski, Karen Sjoholm, Dennis Witthuhn, Jim Burkel, Phil
recently named Agent of the Month in January of 2005! Clark, Duane VanCampenHout, Chad Funk, Jeff Nenning, Hilbert
Congratulations to everyone in this exciting recognition!
BIRTHDAYS>>> ANNIVERSARIES>>> INTRODUCING>>>
July - Birthdays July - Anniversaries NEW FIELD EMPLOYEES -
Wendy Radish – 7/2 Jeff Baker – 7/15/1992
Vidal Gordon – 7/5 Susan Bugalski – 7/28/2003 Dave Arnold
Bobby Sanford, Jr. – 7/10 Jim Friedl – 7/29/1988
Greg Kollauf – 7/22 August - Anniversaries Rob Kanack
Jason Frank – 7/25 Scott Gierhahn – 8/6/2001
August - Birthdays Ken Kangas – 8/8/1988
NEW OFFICE EMPLOYEES:
Steve Stein – 8/2 September - Anniversaries
Terry Gerdman – 8/4 Kenlyn Wierzbach – 9/5/1995 Resources
Jeff Michalski – 8/11 Jason Maier – 9/27/2002 Roberta Burg–Account
Ralph Tatum, Jr. – 8/16 Darin Larkin – 9/23/2002
Ashley Ziegler- Design
Dennis Turluck – 8/22
Kenlyn Wierzbach – 8/24
September – Birthdays Marketing/Sales Intern
Greg Grant – 9/2
Franklin Boyd – 9/8
A FOND FARWELL. . .
Jennifer Anderson (formerly the
Human Resources Director) has taken
a position at Foot Locker’s Corporate
Offices. We extend our gratitude for
her years at the Schroeder Companies
and wish her the best of luck! She will Baby update: Ashlyn
be greatly missed! Congratulations Avemye Socher is
to Jason Grossmeyer who doing well!
tied the knot on June 11th.
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Keeping you informed, Project Profile: Jason Maier, continued from page 1
aware, and connected For fun: I like to take road trips as often as I can to Green Bay, Chicago, and Appleton. I also enjoy
working on car engines to see how things work, and sitting down with a good book every once in a
We have a new Residence: Right now I live with my parents, but I’m looking to get a house in New Berlin soon.
Favorite Movie: Saving Private Ryan, because it shows that team work conquers all.
website! Dream Vacation: Australia – I’ve always wanted to go out there and see what it was like. Also, my
mom has cousin’s living there who own a citrus farm and I’d like to see what all goes on there.
Favorite Places: One of my favorite restaurants is Johnny V’s because I know the owner, but I also
like the Acropolis on South 27th Street – they have the best Greek Food I’ve had in a long time. As far
as my favorite bars go, I would have to say First Choice (just because its close) and Mary’s.
Dream Concerts: Boston and Ozzie Osbourne back in the mid ‘80’s
Schroeder Stuff: I look up to Bob Jaskie because of his knowledge of the business. You can always
learn something from him – and he always has a great outlook on everything. My best Schroeder
Visit memory would have to be the first time I was down at NM with Dale Sr. and I earned his respect by
www.schroedersolutions.com suggesting a solution to a panel reconfiguration.
and check out the new design
Thanks to Comstar, LLC!
Note from the editor – Please welcome . . .
As this newsletter continues to
develop, I just want to remind Sarah Rieck, Human Resources:
everyone that this newsletter is Sarah lives in Glendale with her husband, (and her dog
first and foremost to keep all and cat). She is a Michigan native and attended
the employees of Schroeder Western Michigan University. Previously she worked in
Solutions connected with each Human Resources at Franchise Food Services
other. As we do not generally
see everyone on a day to day
basis it’s a great place to
recognize the fun things that Roberta Burg, Account Manager
you all are doing. Please don’t Roberta has 24 years of experience in the office interiors
be shy if you have something industry and will be covering the Madison area, working
exciting happening in your life on current accounts, and adding a few new names to the
– let me know! You can call list. She will work out of her home and our offices.
me at ext. 6381
EDITOR: Amanda Gierhahn
THANKS TO: Product Highlight: xm
Scott Gierhahn, Sarah Rieck,
Jason Kruse, Dan Spychalla, Rational in concept, elegant in form, xm is an
Kenlyn Wierzbach, Roberta intelligent response to the new ways that people
Burg, and Jason Maier for their work. xm is furniture that acts like architecture
help in completing this issue of
to define space, to bring order and clarity to
complex work environments.
At the same time, xm adapts readily to the ever-
evolving work practices of the highly
interconnected office. Technology is supported.
Varied planning needs are met. xm is ideal for
dynamic companies where change must be
addressed, but where simplicity and elegance,
integrity and excellence have merit. xm can be used in a variety of planning
scenarios: Freestanding, Service Spine
From www.teknion.com Cluster, and Private Office.