Gordon Flesch takes home Family Business Award

The Gordon Flesch Co. of Madison was among six family businesses honored Thursday evening during the 13th annual Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award banquet.

Gordon Flesch took home the special “Wired for Success” award for excelling in technology. The company was founded in 1956 to bring modern technology — then, typewriters and photocopiers — to Wisconsin businesses and continues to provide state-of-the-art technology such as digital-imaging products.

The Wisconsin Family Business of the Year Award program recognizes the contributions of family businesses to their communities and to the Wisconsin economy. In addition to the special awards, three grand awards were presented in three size categories: large (200+ employees); medium (100–199 employees); and small (under 100 employees).

Grand awards went to the following employers:
Empire Screen Printing, Onalaska, Large Company
Badger Basement Systems, Fort Atkinson, Medium Company
Shiloh Dairy, LLC, Brillion, Small Company

Other special awards (in quotation marks) were earned by the following businesses:
Architectural Design Consultants Inc., Lake Delton, “Communication-Commitment-Creativity”
Tamara’s The Cake Guru, Oshkosh, “Sweet Success”

An independent panel of judges, including Jon Konarske, publisher of In Business magazine, selected the winners.

Julie Bogle, lead partner in the family business practice of Smith & Gesteland, the award’s founding sponsor, notes that family businesses are focused on the next generation, not the next quarter. “They continue to act as leaders in their communities,” she adds. “We love recognizing the wonderful things they have done in Wisconsin.”

In addition to Smith & Gesteland, a Madison-based CPA and business consulting firm, award sponsors include First Business Bank and the law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek.