2019 40 Under 40: An impressive class
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Specialty Leasing Manager
Retail is tough business, as online shopping increases and legacy stores around the country shutter operations, but those struggles haven’t impacted Shyla Gorham.
After five years in retail management, Gorham was hired by CBL Properties to lease specialty retailer carts at East Towne Mall. Within two years, West Towne Mall was added to her oversight, just as the holidays approached. Gorham flourished, leasing 100 percent of the combined 46 carts.
She’s introduced Denim & Diamondz, a black-owned clothing boutique, to East Towne Mall; and Go, an online car insurance company, to both, and her sales prowess hasn’t gone unnoticed.
At an annual conference in Tennessee, Gorham facilitated a sales workshop and was selected to run biweekly sales calls with retail leasing managers from five U.S. states.
In Madison, she’s on The Business Forum’s programming committee, volunteers with her Sun Prairie church, and enjoys hot yoga, knitting, and traveling.
Blueprint Events LLC
Blueprint Events’ business will be up at least 25 percent in 2019, but Kennedy Turner’s true claim to fame may be the award-winning Business Walk Series, a program she developed to help economic development organizations conduct large-scale retention and expansion programs and build stronger connections between the business community and local government.
Without the time or resources, many city staffs might visit only 15 or 20 businesses a year, Turner notes. In contrast, Business Walks allow local civic leaders to visit 200 local businesses in three hours.
For example, after Oscar Mayer closed, the city of Madison wanted to get a pulse on how neighborhood businesses were doing, so it hired Blueprint Events to conduct a Business Walk on the north side of Madison. In three hours, 150 businesses received visits from 47 volunteers.
At last count, Turner had planned 27 Business Walks and trained 1,823 volunteers who visited over 6,150 businesses.
Aldo Partners LLC
Starting his own construction company was a difficult decision for Andy Fieber. At the time, he had a promising career at a large construction firm, financial stability, and a wife expecting their first child. “I questioned everything,” he recalls.
After much contemplation, he co-founded Aldo Partners in 2012, an environmentally conscious construction firm. Since then, the company has received accolades for its mostly-residential designs, including an award from Wisconsin Focus On Energy for the most energy-efficient home in south central Wisconsin — two years in a row.
Acutely aware that the housing boom could change at any moment, Fieber recognizes the importance of remaining nimble and open to diversifying, which led to the recent launch of Bruce Street Real Estate in Verona, a real estate holdings firm.
A member of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Fieber and his wife are raising three young children who can still appreciate their dad’s real talent: juggling.