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Executives Make Their Choices

Area companies get their due in the 2011 Executive Consumer Choice Awards as the preferred vendors of civic-minded Greater Madison business executives.

The 940-member IB Executive Register Class of 2011 has spoken, and their discriminating tastes have identified first-, second-, and third-place winners in IB's annual Executive Consumer Choice Awards. Greater Madison's top business-to-business preferences – survey respondents were asked to identify their "preferred" business in each category – represent the best the Greater Madison business community has to offer. Since the ECA survey features a fill-in-the-bank style, only top-of-mind vendors are presented here. (*Indicates a tie).

Of the 33 categories, 27 feature repeat winners from last year's ECA presentation, and there are several multiple-category winners. Of those that won in more than one category, special mention is warranted for The Madison Club, which was the top selection in five categories. Mary Gaffney Ward, general manager of The Madison Club, said menu and other changes like the introduction of a Family Night were made when the recession hit to make the club more inclusive and shed an admittedly elitist image. "That perception still exists," she said. "We're doing everything we can to dispel that myth."

That proactive style should provide plenty of inspiration for 2012. If you would like to vote in next year's ECA, visit ibmadison.com's online Professional Directory to apply for the Executive Register.

Preferred Commercial Builder
1. J.H. Findorff & Son
2. Design Structures
3. Bachmann, Tri-North Builders*

Preferred Accounting Firm
1. Smith & Gesteland
2. Wegner CPAs, SVA CPAs*
3. Meicher & Associates

Preferred Local Business Bank
1. First Business Bank
2. Capitol Bank
3. Associated Bank

Preferred Credit Union
1. Summit Credit Union
2. UW Credit Union
3. Heartland Credit Union

Preferred Health Insurance Company
1. Group Health Cooperative
2. Dean Health Plan
3. Physicians Plus

Preferred Advertising Agency
1. Lindsay Stone & Briggs
2. Glowac + Harris + Madison, Hiebing*
3. Stephan & Brady

Preferred Commercial Interior Design
1. InteriorLOGIC Facility Planning
2. Brownhouse Designs
3. Potter Lawson

Preferred Cleaning/Building Maintenance Company
1. Kleenmark
2. Environment Control of WI
3. Clean Power

Preferred Commercial Landscaper
1. The Bruce Company
2. Barnes Landscaping
3. Maple Leaf, Inc.

Preferred Office Furniture Company
1. Lerdahl Business Interiors
2. Target Commercial Interiors
3. Paragon

Preferred Office Supply Company
1. EZ Office Products
2. Staples
3. Office Depot

Preferred Website Services Company
1. Powder Keg/Econoprint
2. Adesys
3. Acumium, Hits in a Box/Glowac + Harris + Madison*

Preferred Local IT Consultant
1. Adesys
2. Envision IT
3. Core BTS, 5 Nines*

Preferred Management Training Company
1. Dale Carnegie Training
2. ActionCOACH
3. UW-Madison SBDC

Preferred Higher Education Training Institution
1. UW-Madison
2. Madison College
3. Edgewood College

Preferred IT Training Company/Facility
1. Core BTS
2. Madison College
3. Herzing University

Preferred Real Estate Company
1. First Weber Group
2. Stark Company Realtors
3. Restaino & Associates, Sam Simon Real Estate*

Preferred Cell Phone Provider
1. U.S. Cellular
2. Verizon
3. AT&T

Preferred Telephone Company
1. TDS
2. AT&T
3. Charter

Preferred Local Hotel for Out of Town Guests
1. Hilton Monona Terrace
2. The Madison Concourse
3. The Edgewater

Preferred Local Venue for Business Meetings/Events
1. Madison Club
2. Monona Terrace
3. Alliant Energy Center

Preferred Local Printing Company
1. Econoprint
2. Park Printing
3. Suttle-Straus

Preferred Local Security Company
1. JBM Patrol & Protection
2. ADT
3. J&K Security, Per Mar Security*

Preferred Local Staffing Firm
1. The QTI Group
2. Drake & Company
3. Celerity Staffing Solutions

Preferred Restaurant for Breakfast
1. The Madison Club
2. Marigold
3. Perkins

Preferred Restaurant for Lunch
1. The Madison Club
2. Bonfyre Grill
3. Great Dane Brew Pub

Preferred Restaurant for Dinner
1. The Madison Club
2. Johnny Delmonico's
3. Ruth's Chris Steak House

Preferred Establishment for Business Cocktails
1. The Madison Club
2. Eno Vino Wine Bar/Bistro
3. Ruth's Chris Steak House

Preferred Health and Fitness Center
1. Princeton Club
2. Harbor Athletic Club
3. Pinnacle Health/Fitness

Preferred Commercial Architecture Firm
1. Potter Lawson
2. Flad & Associates
3. Strang

Preferred Law Firm
1. Murphy Desmond
2. Axley Brynelson, Michael Best & Friedrich*
3. Foley & Lardner

Preferred Insurance Company
1. American Family Insurance
2. State Farm Insurance
3. QBE Regional Insurance

Preferred Independent Insurance Agency
1. Hausmann | Johnson Insurance
2. Neckerman Insurance Services
3. M3 Insurance

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