Red Carpet Affair: The 2015 40 Under 40 Class
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Senior Director, Sales
The StayWell Co. LLC
As the top sales representative at The StayWell Co., Laura Dettmann works with health plans and hospitals to promote healthy outcomes, but her passion for healthy living extends into the local community as well.
As members of United Way’s Tocqueville Society, Dettmann and her husband contribute annually to child-centered programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters, 4-C, and the Center for Families. Through their personal initiative, Play for Life, they provide new children’s books to United Way agencies for distribution to families.
“Although [we] do not have children, we are very interested in the children in our community and their welfare,” Dettmann said.
She stepped out of her comfort zone years ago when she moved from Florida to the Midwest and changed careers, and she looks forward to taking another leap soon as CEO of a new winery and wedding venue she and her husband plan to open on land they own in Cross Plains.
TV show: Shark Tank, Homeland
Music: R&B, hip-hop
Madison Investment Advisors
For a man with such an impressive litany of accomplishments, Ben Dickey is pretty humble when it comes to the professional laurels he’s collected. “I don’t put much stock in titles,” said Dickey. “Perhaps that’s the result of having had ones that were considered either ‘big’ or ‘small’ at various points in my career.”
Maybe he should put more emphasis on the “big” achievements in his curriculum vitae, because they’re plentiful.
After graduating with honors from the University of Chicago, he earned a J.D. and MBA from UW-Madison in 2004. Just four years later, he was named managing director of the U.S. Bank Private Client Group in California, Arizona, and Nevada, overseeing a business with more than $28 million in revenue and thousands of clients.
He also became the first person to simultaneously represent Blackhawk Country Club as its president and Men’s Club champion, but he’s most proud of his personal accomplishments: marrying his wife, Elizabeth, and helping raise his daughter Vivian.
Movie: Top Gun
TV show: The Wire
Music: Rock, Bruce Springsteen
Vice President of Operations-Madison
Centare Holdings Inc.
In 2012, Milwaukee-based Centare Holdings Inc., a software development and business-coaching firm, decided to expand. Tim Eiring agreed to lead the charge in Madison, where few were familiar with the company. It took patience, strategy, and a grass-roots mentality to grow the business, he explained, including the scheduling of several “Lunch & Learns” designed to address technology issues and bring him face to face with the business community.
That first year, the Madison branch generated more than $1 million in revenue. In 2014, with a staff of 12, revenues hit $3.2 million.
Eiring, a former competitive BMX racer, is more focused on being a good husband and father these days, though he’s thrilled that his two young daughters are showing interest in the sport.
His guilty pleasure? “Pretending to be asleep” while his wife watches reality TV shows. “I am equally addicted,” he confesses.
Movie: Saving Private Ryan
TV show: Breaking Bad (“I’m the one who knocks.”)
Music: Classic rock
Vice President, Treasury Management Officer
Melissa Fellows always knew what career path she wanted to follow, and she was determined not to be talked out of it. “At a very early age, I knew I wanted a successful career in business,” she said. “I never let my rural farm roots or the fact that I was a first-generation college graduate intimidate me.”
That grit and tenacity led to a successful career in finance, and it’s put her in a position to help others as well. Just a year out of college, she participated in the United Way’s Loaned Executive Program, which connected her with local leaders while opening doors to the nonprofit world. “Most importantly, I found an organization that I passionately feel is improving our community.”
Now well established in the banking industry, Fellows remains enthusiastic about her chosen path. “In addition to meeting inspiring, influential executives, I get to add value to their businesses by providing new ideas and solutions,” she said.
Movie: Frozen (“Wait, there are other movies out there?”)
TV show: Keeping Up With the Kardashians (“It’s a guilty pleasure, too.”)
Business Development and Commercial Brokerage
Alexander Real Estate Services LLC
Eagle Scout Gregory Frahm has reinvented himself several times. By the time he was 25, he’d already spent several years as a staff planner and zoning administrator for the Village of DeForest before becoming the municipality’s first director of economic development, a position he lobbied hard to create.
“I like to dive headfirst into new opportunities, even if the qualifications to do the job come after I’m hired!” he said.
Since joining the Alexander Co., Frahm has zeroed in on real estate, earning his real estate and broker’s licenses and helping launch the company’s real estate arm. In the community, he serves as board director for both Dane Buy Local and O.P.E.N, and is a member of Downtown Madison Inc.
Frahm enjoys the flexible work schedule his job affords because it allows him to leave earlier on Fridays to work on his 100-year-old home, head out on adventure canoe trips, or practice his “toe drag” as a player in the Madison Gay Hockey Association.
Movie: Life as a House
TV show: The Property Brothers
Music: Rock, folk