CRE Expert – Organizational Leadership

Every month we feature an industry expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month Walter Jankowski, Reinvention Consultant for Better Dash Faster Consulting,  offers some great insights into making 2017 your best year yet.   Now is the time to plan for your best year yet in 2017 Do […]



Holiday Giving

We’ve had a rough and tumble election season, so with the holidays coming up, we want to share some ideas on how each of us can give back to our communities. We could all benefit from a little bit of kindness and nothing creates that faster than sharing your kindness with someone else first. The […]

Did You Know: Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island in Ohio, is not a traditional lighthouse. The monument, a 352-foot-tall Doric column, was built between 1912 and 1915 to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. The memorial also celebrates the peace that has existed ever […]



Live Your Life Golden

By David Haug Despite her petite size she bowled me right over.  She showered me with kiss after kiss. It was a relentless onslaught of licks, kisses, and whimpers.  Where did this come from? Why was she so insatiable? Was my face made of chocolate or salt? Had I become some sort of salty sweetness […]

Real Estate Horror Stories to Make Your Halloween Extra Spooky

A few weeks ago, we asked for your real estate horror stories. We’ve compiled our favorites, plus a few ghastly real estate tales from the spookier corners of the Internet. Settle in and enjoy! Our first story comes from Brian Roberts, a broker for J.B. Roberts, Jr. & Co. in Madison: We had a Pizza […]



Did You Know: Pilot Island Light

The Pilot Island Light, on Pilot Island in the Death’s Door passage at the tip of Door County, Wis., was built in 1858 after sailors complained that a range light on Plum Island was too far from the entrance of the passage to be effective. The 41-foot beacon was constructed from Milwaukee cream brick and […]

Looking for Real Estate Horror Stories this Halloween Season…

We are compiling a list of real estate horror stories this October. The goal is to then provide insights into how to avoid these horrors. If you could please share a real estate horror story you or a friend has experienced, along with a quick recap of what you would do differently to avoid it, […]



CRE Expert – Wisconsin Manufacturing Credit

Every month we feature a CRE Expert who answers some questions about topics related to commercial real estate. This month Michael Maass, CPA, CVA Senior Manager at Wegner CPAs in Madison, discusses the Wisconsin Manufacturing Credit. Wisconsin Manufacturing Credit: Eliminate Almost All of your Wisconsin Tax Liability in 2016 Wisconsin is one of the country’s […]

Did You Know: Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

The Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City, Mich., was initially used as a fog signal; the light station wasn’t completed until 1892, two years later. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1957, after the Mackinac Bridge was completed because the lights on the bridge were considered a better beacon. The lighthouse was restored in 2000 […]



Navigating Business and Life

I’ve always had a fascination with Lighthouses. I think it started when I was a young boy sailing through the Apostle Islands National Park with about 7 other young boys and 1 certified Coast Guard captain. We had an entire week to explore 21 islands from Madeline to Sand to Raspberry. Our little sailboat was […]