Sports & Entertainment

Duelin' Dolls

Women's roller derby league skates to financial success.

It's the IB Golf League — Sort Of!

IB takes you inside rounds of golf with local executives for a reminder of why it's a love-hate game, and why so many folks in our online Executive Directory are linked to the links, too!

Athletes to Icons, Part Three: Former UW Stars Win Big in Business

For the last couple of weeks, we've been introducing — or perhaps re-introducing — a select few of the many former University of Wisconsin athletes who have made the decision to remain and thrive in Dane County. We hope you've enjoyed the nostalgic ride!

As a culmination of this three-part series, we are featuring local Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton, UW Hockey star and announcer, Rob Andringa, and finally, Middleton's athletic "rock star," Al Toon.

Athletes to Icons, Part Two: Former UW Stars Win Big in Business

Last week, in part one of IB's three-part series on former UW Athletes-turned-business icons, we featured Randy Wright and Rich Lynch. (Yes, Badger fans, we will hear from Al Toon — next week!) This week, we catch up with Pat Richter, former Oscar Mayer executive and University of Wisconsin Athletic Director; Bryan Renk, who just assumed the position of Executive Director for BioForward in Madison; Jim Bradley, now president and CEO of Home Savings Bank; Joe Armentrout, owner and broker of Pinnacle Real Estate Group LLC; and Marsh Shapiro, owner of "Madison's Birthday Bar," the Nitty Gritty.

How did sports affect their careers? What makes them most proud? Read on!

Athletes to Icons: Former UW Stars Win Big in Business

Here's a quiz: What do Pat Richter, Rich Lynch, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Bryan Renk, Randy Wright, Jim Bradley, Marsh Shapiro, Rob Andringa, and Joe Armentrout have in common?

Yes, University of Wisconsin (UW) sports fans! They were all successful UW athletes. In fact, some even gained international notoriety. But after the college (and in some cases, pro) hoopla died away, these folks chose to remain in the Madison area, and have since made names for themselves in a different, more local arena — the Dane County business community.

Raven Software: Gaming Ground

(MUSIC RISES – pulsating sounds emit excitement and... danger!) VIDEO: Camera flying quickly through office spaces, swinging sideways down hallways, crashing through a set of double-doors that hide a critical game secret... VOICE: This is Raven Software. Taking gaming into the future and beyond...

Art for the Ages

In a second floor corner office perched above University Avenue, M. Russell Panczenko, director and chief curator at Chazen Museum of Art, overlooks the dusty beginnings of what will become the museum's adjoining building in an expansion scheduled for completion in 2011. Behind his desk, the walls bulge with renderings of the project for which Panczenko has been lobbying for years. To him, it's a fulfillment of a dream.

Quarra Stone: Forging its Place in History

Tap. Tap. Tap. Ane Tempelmann, a master stone carver at age 33, chips away at an elaborate stone carving before her. With a simple tool resembling a flathead screwdriver, she smooths and creates fine detail on a decorative limestone frieze that will, in the end, match and elongate a doorway at the Kansas state capitol building. She has already created a clay mold of the original stonework, repaired flaws and broken areas and, where necessary, added to the design. The process is slow and meticulous. In fact, it has taken Tempelmann many days to work on this three-foot section, and when the project is complete, her artwork will blend perfectly with the building's original facade.

Steve Gold & Paul Schmidt Have Inked a Body Art Empire

Steve Gold has turned a passion for drawing and the ongoing trend of body art into a thriving ink enterprise. In business in Madison since 1975, Steve's Tattoo offers original tattoos and piercing services at locations on Williamson Street and in Oshkosh, in addition to Spike-o-matic, his newest partnership open about a year on Park Street in Madison.

Integrated Art Group LLC

In a cozy, inconspicuous office on Evansville's cobblestone Main Street, Margaret LeMay (42), president and owner of Integrated Art Group LLC (IAG) contemplates her recent career change from a corporate art director to small business owner. "This decision was years in the making," she said, "and the time was right."