Economic development is a disciplined public service designed to remove barriers, fulfill opportunities and attract investment that would not be feasible from a financial, competitive or timing perspective without public assistance. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) works with more than 600 partners across the state, including regional economic development organizations, academic institutions and industry cluster leaders. WEDC’s economic development strategies are built upon five key Catalysts of Growth:
· Strategic economic competitiveness
· Business development
· Community and economic opportunity
· Brand development and strategy
· Operational and fiscal excellence
Wisconsin Bank & Trust (WBT), a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., (NASDAQ: HTLF), is a business-focused community bank with assets of more than $1 billion. With seventeen banking centers, WBT serves customers in the Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Sheboygan, Monroe and southwest areas of Wisconsin. WBT offers a wide range of personal, business banking, and private client services. For more information, visit www.wisconsinbankandtrust.com or call 608.203.1214. WBT is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
You could say Consolidated Construction Co. specializes in design-build construction, general contracting, and construction management. But, we’re most proud of how we build business. Your business.
Our team is comprised of entrepreneurial folks who know that your building project is more than the outcome of your success; it’s the tool that will help you achieve greater success. And, while we’re very good at construction (national award-winning, thank you), we think you deserve a project that delivers a better balance sheet, too.
From interior build-outs to multi-million dollar facilities, our seamless building and construction management process is the most user-friendly in the business. Make one call to us, and you’ve instantly engaged the resources of an entire team, with specialists in funding, architecture, construction, and service. The experts you need are altogether working in synchronicity, equally accountable, interacting daily to ensure a smooth project and a successful outcome.
Our process is lean and results in an insanely low change order rate, a faster construction schedule, better communication, and higher return on investment. It’s not just our tagline; we really can prove it’s best to “Consolidate It. Make 1 Call.”
How can science change the world?
Carrying more power to more people with lighter power lines. Helping manufacturers make more with less through leaner processes. Automating health care data so the right people get the right information to take action. These are some of the ways we’re working to support stronger communities and sustainable development across the globe. We see the world’s challenges clearly, and unite the people that dare to solve them. We innovate with purpose and use science every day to create real impact in every life around the world.
NEFF is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that provides custom automation solutions and products to enhance manufacturing and assembly processes and improve productivity in a wide variety of industries. Our team works with industry-leading engineers and professionals looking for creative solutions. You can rely on the NEFF team to take the time to know your business, and work with you to find custom solutions to solve your most complex automation challenges. We never lose focus of the fact that our business centers on your success.
Tell us what you need from your equipment – more throughput, more efficiency, more productivity. Tell us what support we can offer to improve outcomes to you and your customers. Our team is poised and ready to help you find innovative ways to increase your profit margins, strengthen your product portfolio, and provide you advantages over your competition. So engage us. And together we can enhance your automation process. We’re listening.
The Wisconsin Technical College System develops individuals at every stage of their academic and work careers into experts and entrepreneurs who make an immediate, local economic impact.
The System annually delivers thousands of skilled professionals who stay in Wisconsin to pursue careers in the skilled trades, manufacturing, information technology, health care, agriculture, public safety, and business, among many others. They are also premier providers of customized, innovative training solutions for incumbent workers in areas like Lean Six Sigma, sustainability, APICS & Supply Chain, worker safety and more.
Our dynamic employer connections and strong ties to education partners, workforce and economic development experts, and community-based organizations put the technical colleges at the center of economic opportunity in communities throughout Wisconsin.
Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private, non-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. At MSOE, you will find a caring community of students and faculty. Together, we are committed to fostering a higher standard of academic programming and research, and personalized service, instruction, and guidance.
MSOE faculty members are experts in their fields, with an average of seven years of professional experience in addition to teaching experience. Faculty members engage and challenge students with individual attention and practical perspectives.
MSOE is recognized across the country as a university dedicated to excellence and innovation in applied research. Its Applied Technology Center™ (ATC) undertakes more than 250 company-sponsored research projects every year that are focused on providing real solutions to some of industry’s biggest problems. This work is completed through several centers of excellence like the Rapid Prototyping Center and Fluid Power Institute™.
Do you find yourself saying:
• How do I get customers excited about buying my product?
• How do I scale my marketing resources to make my product more successful?
• Who even IS my ideal customer?
• What strategies exist to grow my business and bottom line?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” Satellite Six is here to help. We’re a brand strategy and web marketing studio built for manufacturers, and we work to refine your message, build your customer base, and strategically grow your business.
We exist to take businesses and organizations to the next level, building rabid fan bases and generating new business through digital content marketing. From strategic planning, to marketing materials design, to message and visual identity, to digital inbound and content marketing, everything we do unites design, marketing, and technology to maximize our client’s visibility and create excited, engaged customers.
Learn more and get great free resources for your marketing team at satellitesix.com.
When the time is right, Taureau Group provides the skills and resources to ensure smooth processes and excellent results from mergers and acquisitions or
recapitalizations and sales. We provide guidance at every stage and approach transactions with creativity, a strong sense of urgency, and the collaboration skills
needed to bring individuals and teams together to accomplish your desired results, even in challenging situations.
SELLING YOUR BUSINESS – You’ve worked long and hard to grow your business. It’s more than a source of income. It’s your retirement asset, your identity in the community, a part of your family. As a seller, your goal is to maximize the value of your company. But there are other considerations: minimizing the tax consequences, ensuring the survival and growth of your business, and executing a smooth transition. Taureau Group will help you protect and improve the value of your business and manage each step of the sale, from initial analysis and goal-setting to finding qualified buyers and closing the sale. So you can rest assured that the goals for your business will be met and your years of hard work will pay off.
BUYING A BUSINESS – Often, the most effective way to grow your business is through the acquisition of a competitor or a related business or product line. Acquisition could allow you to expand geography, diversify customer base, expand capabilities or establish new sales channels. Taureau Group will work with you to define the criteria for your ideal target company and identify and approach qualified candidates. We then help you analyze your target company and negotiate pricing, structures and terms to achieve your goals. You can also count on Taureau Group for assistance with coordinating due diligence, arranging financing and closing the transaction.
The Alliance is a not-for-profit, employer-owned and directed health care cooperative. We use our collective purchasing power and direct contracts with providers to drive health care transformation and create a market that recognizes and rewards high-quality, safe care at an affordable price. Our network includes over 120 hospitals and 29,800 doctors & medical providers in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. We have 248 members covering nearly 100,000 lives and growing!
If you are searching for a wide network of provider choices, data-driven, innovative solutions to help control your health care spend and education for your self-funded health benefit plan – we are here to help. Call 800.223.4139 or visit www.the-alliance.org.
Old National is a community bank that shares a rich tradition of partnering locally to improve the lives of those where we live and work. One important thing has not changed in our 184-year history; we remain at our core, a community-focused and socially responsible institution. In 2017, our staff donated more than 77,000 volunteer hours to improve our local communities.
With nearly $20 billion in assets, we rank among the top 100 banking companies in the U.S. We’ve been recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute for seven consecutive years and are one of only two U.S.-based banks to hold this recognition. We specialize in core business banking for small-mid size companies, particularly closely-held businesses. We are a Preferred SBA Lender, provide a full range of business and personal banking, wealth management, treasury management. Old National has thirty branches in Wisconsin and 200 in our five state footprint, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky. NASDAQ: ONB
Since 1997, Guardian Business Solutions has been working with manufacturers to bridge the gap between business processes and technology. As experienced ERP providers, we specialize in helping with inventory control, scheduling, planning, forecasting, quoting, customer order processing to shipping, costing and everything in-between. We take a holistic approach to our solutions and look at a company’s unique needs.
Our team of experts keep you up to date by continuous training. We are certified in Production and Inventory Management, as well as, Supply Chain Professionals through The Association for Operations Management(APICS).
Guardian Business Solutions implements ERP, mobile technology and data collection solutions. We take you through your ERP journey with the least amount of disruption to your business. We work with your team to educate them not only on the ERP system but on ways to improve the processes already in place.
Our customers are forward-looking companies that are working to leap frog the competition. With our knowledge of manufacturing and technology and their understanding of their strengths, we form a team that sets them apart. It is a great formula and one that has worked for decades.
In a global marketplace, every manufacturer looks for solutions to remove barriers for success. At The Geo Group, we provide the exchange of information through translation and interpreting services needed to communicate effectively, with international distributors, multilingual employees and global partners in every form of print and electronic media.
We are committed to working with only the best professionals and specialists who have a passion for technical subject matter. The Geo Group collaborates withover 500 qualified translators¾ native speakers of virtually every major language in the world. Our skilled linguists, media experts, and project managers follow rigid ISO standards to achieve a top-quality product. We are driven to deliver superior customer service every time.
Keller, Inc. is a design/build general contractor located in Germantown, WI with additional offices in the Fox Cities, Madison and Wausau. As a 100% employee owned company, Keller, Inc.’s employee-owners pride themselves on designing and building every project as if it were their own. With an on-staff team of architects, interior designers and project managers, we are a single point of contact for our customers to keep everything on track, on time and within budget
Founded in 1992, Imaginasium is a Green Bay-based marketing and communications firm that works with manufacturers to clarify their message, build a culture that believes and supports the company’s vision, and create marketing that drives customers to action. It’s our focus to help our clients build a complete and consistent customer experience—the kind that drives business growth and profitability, and generates loyalty with your customers. We do that by creating understanding of who you are and what you stand for inside your own walls. Making sure everyone on your team is telling the same story. Then we help align that story with internal actions and external communications, guided by our unique Customer Experience Ecosystem framework. It’s how we’ve helped countless clients connect more meaningfully with their customers—whether that’s through brand development, employer brand design, marketing strategies, or any number of digital and traditional communications initiatives. And it’s how we’ll help you reach the next level in your company’s story, too.
Translogistics Inc., headquartered in Birdsboro PA, has been providing logistics management services since 1994. We provide these services across all modes of transportation for clients in all types of industries. We are an asset-light company whose average client retention rate is 10.5 years. Our focus is to provide customized logistics solutions designed to enhance our clients’ supply chains and improve their bottom line. Our proprietary ViewPoint TMS software provides superior logistics capabilities and complete supply chain visibility for all departments for all fully managed clients.
As an ambitious business owner on a determined path to reach your goals, you need financial experts who truly understand the barriers and high stakes to success. At First Business, we don’t just talk the talk. Our company’s entrepreneurial roots drive our daily interactions and strategies. Founded in 1990 by Jerry Smith, First Business was the first business-focused bank in the Midwest, started in Madison, Wisconsin, with 167 investors, just a handful of employees, and more ambition than one could harness.
Founded in 1990, Excel Engineering is a full-service design firm located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin that has grown to include over 160 professional architects, engineers and associates. Repeat business, client referrals and a reputation for superior plans have contributed greatly to a company that provides design services for over 650 million dollars of construction annually. Excel provides services nationwide and is registered in 50 states.
Employee ownership is the key to our success. As owners, we bring a long-term perspective and a commitment to quality that is unmatched in the industry. Our dedication to service has led to many long-term relationships in a variety of industries. We view these continuing relationships as having earned the highest of compliments.
“Always a Better Plan” is our mission at Excel. We provide a holistic approach to the design process including an in-house, full-service design team. Your building is more than a structure. It is where people, spaces and building systems interact to create the living and working environment. Our multi-discipline design teams provide overlapping attention to detail and work to seamlessly integrate your project. This process, combined with our commitment to your budget and schedule, is the foundation for your “Better Plan”.
Big Systems is a 2D Wide Format and 3D Additive Manufacturing equipment, software and supplies dealer. We address equipment and supplies as components of a total integrated solution.
We represent the largest hardware manufacturers that include Markforged, XYZ Printers,HP, Epson and others. We feature a broad line of Aqueous, Solvent, Eco-Solvent, UV-Curable, Latex, roll-to-roll, flatbed and our newest addition, 3D printing solutions. These product offerings are supported by our manufacturers with special pricing and discount programs. We have a diverse line of media as well as OEM and third party ink supplies.
There is the technical description for low voltage systems but the truth behind what we do, and what sets us apart, lies in our core disciplines. For over eighteen years our goal has been providing, what we call, Total Source solutions. As business people we understand the benefit of simplification and support. Often times you end up dealing with multiple vendors when it comes to low voltage systems.
- Audio & Video Design and Installation
- Security Systems (Video Surveillance, Access Control, and Alarms Systems)
- Structured Cabling
By being a Total Source provider we encompass all of these services and more. While perfection is not always attainable, we constantly strive for it by asking you the right questions. With our depth of knowledge we can properly identify the best solution, which leads to more efficient designs and installs. The majority of jobs we do are business-to-business…
- High Tech Companies
- Municipal Government Markets
We don’t stop with service either. The product lines we carry are excellent and we make sure every installation is given the time and attention it requires. Innovation, integrity, excellence, and charity make up the core values that fuel what we do.
Please consider Fearing’s, Dane County’s 2015 Small Business of the Year, for your next project and we’ll work hard to provide an innovative solution for your low voltage system needs.
CTaccess offers three primary services to manufacturers and other industries.
We are experts at managing and operating IT for organizations that have 20 to 250 technology users. Our unique MSP process takes the pain out of managing and improving technology and allows your team to focus on growing and improving the organization.
Our Cybersecurity services to help organizations secure themselves against the onslaught of hacking and information theft, and help organizations meet compliance requirements of the defense industry, HIPAA, NIST, ISO and others. Our process is to Assess, Remediate, and then insure continued Protection and Compliance.
We also provide solutions that help an organization automate processes like Accounts Payable, Contract Management, HR Onboarding, and many others. These solutions significantly impact productivity as they automate the flow of information and approvals through an organization. We build these solutions on the award-winning ECM software platform, Laserfiche.
Based out of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Apache Stainless is fortunate to be able to recruit and maintain employees with strong, Midwestern work ethics. This paired with an employee-owned culture empowers employees to create a positive experience for our customers that also affect our company in a positive way.
Apache is located in rural Dodge County having both agricultural and industrial influences. As part of a regional initiative, Apache supports and helps to direct the Manufacturing Business Alliance of greater Dodge County. The group continuously works to promote manufacturing careers with marketing, communication, educational and public events to parents, youth and people looking at what manufacturing can offer.
Since 2006, Apache has been employee stock owned; we became a subsidiary of Dexter Apache Holdings, Inc. This structure transforms into a culture that poses advantages for both customers and employees. Employee – owners are driven to create efficiencies, collaborate and innovate to help customers, because they are directly affected by the successes of the company.
WorkWise Software is a leading developer of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software solutions along with comprehensive implementation and support services.
The company’s flagship software products, WorkWise ERP and OnContact CRM are customizable, easy-to-use, and quick to implement. Use of these applications enable users to enhance efficiency by performing their jobs in less time with greater accuracy and improved proficiency.
For almost 30 years Crystal Computer Consulting has seen too many companies throw technology, especially software, at process problems. Are you struggling with inefficient processes or misfit software applications? Let’s talk! We can help you with process definition and workflow automation to help you achieve your key performance indicator (KPI) goals. We then work with you to implement industry standard tools such as AI software called Epiphany to help you improve profitability, efficiency, and competitive advantage. No matter what kind of manufacturing you do, we have the experience to help. Stop by booth #7 in the Regency Ballroom!
Contacts: Kevin Miller, Process Consultant
John Davidson, Director of Business Development
Virtual QE is a full service quality engineering consulting firm that specializes in creating manufacturing instructional videos showing a first-person view of an expert performing tasks, giving employees flexibility to train to do any task, quickly and competently.
Video Work Instructions help companies instantly meet their labor availability, on-time delivery and retention needs.
GPS is a community-based nonprofit 501(c)3 and the only manufacturing-specific, statewide Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship Program in Wisconsin. Our innovative education model uniquely prepares students to succeed in technical careers through the design, build and execution of Credentialed Work-based Learning for business, schools and community-based organizations. These partnerships enable us to accelerate student preparation in technical careers through powerful, credentialed work-based learning solutions while promoting viability for business and creating systemic social change to help strengthen communities.
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Blackhawk Bank has a reputation as being the Bank for Manufacturing, a standing that secures and strengthens partnerships with our manufacturing clients. Many of our board members lead successful manufacturing companies, too; one could say manufacturing is in our DNA. Our team is ready, willing and excited to sit down with you to share real-world insights and reliable advice that can help you grow and prosper.
Offices in Beloit & Janesville, WI; Roscoe, Machesney Park, Rockford & Belvidere, IL
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Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) is the leading apprenticeship program in the Midwest for high-tech manufacturers and companies with complex technologies or logistics. It is the only program fully benchmarked on the German Dual Education System – an approach recognized globally for its combination of company-specific knowledge, theory, and hands-on learning – resulting in highly-trained employees that position companies to embrace technical advances, keep pace with market demands, and harness growth opportunities.
The ICATT Apprenticeship Program was founded by the German American Chamber of Commerce® of the Midwest (GACC Midwest) in 2015, and is open to any company with operations in the Midwest. GACC Midwest, headquartered in Chicago with a branch office in Detroit, was founded in 1963. GACC Midwest is an integral part of the German Chamber Network (AHKs) with 130 offices in 90 countries around the globe. Our continuing mission is to promote and assist in the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the United States, especially the Midwest.
The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership formed in 2007 by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers.
Our mission is to strengthen American manufacturing and create new private-sector jobs through smart public policies. We believe that an innovative and growing manufacturing base is vital to America’s economic and national security, as well as to providing good jobs for future generations. AAM achieves its mission through research, public education, advocacy, strategic communications, and coalition building around the issues that matter most to America’s manufacturers and workers.
M3 Insurance offers insight, advice and strategies to help clients manage risk, purchase insurance and provide employee benefits. We are committed to being experts in both the products we represent and the industries we serve. Our people advance M3’s competitive advantage in the marketplace, and our focus on community builds better places to live and work. M3 is consistently ranked a top 100 broker in America.
Our focus is on helping manufacturing businesses grow sales. We love to learn, so we’re always studying the latest marketing trends, tools, and technologies. We sift through marketing fads to bring our clients the best technical and creative strategies needed to reach todays buyers. We’re a tight-knit group of highly experienced, inventive-thinking, content-focused marketers who provide measurable results for our clients.
The Employer Group is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). We partner with small- to medium-sized businesses to provide employee benefits, payroll, tax reporting, regulatory compliance, and human resource consulting. We manage the administrative complexities of employment.
The Lake Companies has been in the Manufacturing ERP Software industry, supporting discrete manufacturers for more than 35 years as a certified Gold Channel Partner of Infor Global Solutions. In that time, The Lake Companies has authored software that extends and enhances the functionality of Infor’s CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) ERP solution and proudly stands as the world leader with those solutions. This combination of solutions has resulted in a significantly simpler, more elegant and more powerful offering for more than 1,000 global manufacturers.
The Lake Companies, Inc. has never lost track of its roots, which are firmly set in the Upper Midwest, providing a proven Infor/Lake Companies ERP solution set to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Upper Michigan manufacturing clients. That geography has been the proving ground for Lake Companies’ applications to deliver in their promise of scaling growth, revenues and profits for local, as well as global, manufacturers. For more information, visit us at www.Lakeco.com
Acuity Insurance, headquartered in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, protects over 5,000 manufacturers across 26 states. We offer coverages manufacturers need, including equipment breakdown, product recall, our unique Manufacturing Property Enhancement endorsement, and workers’ compensation. Our broad, flexible policies, including our Manufacturers Bis-Pak (Businessowners), are delivered through a network of independent agents, and we offer a wide range of service options to meet the needs of our customers. Acuity Manufacturing Specialist Mike Schlagenhaufer has 35 years of broad-based manufacturing experience. Our online Manufacturing Expert Corner offers blogs, videos, and loss control information on important topics, and we invest in the manufacturing community by supporting education and keeping customers and agents informed on trends that impact the industry.
Rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s for financial strength, Acuity earns a 96% claims satisfaction rating from customers. Acuity employs nearly 1,300 people and is named the top employer in insurance. For more information on Acuity, visit the company’s website, Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel, or LinkedIn account.
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Stone Creek Coffee is a local, specialty coffee roaster, born in Milwaukee in 1993. We focus on bringing coffee from Farm to Cup through Direct Trade relationships built on transparency and sustainability. That’s just the coffee side. After 25 years of running retail cafes, supporting wholesale partners, and sourcing & roasting coffee, we’ve learned that the quality of the coffee alone won’t drive your success.
They dynamics of work and play are shifting in our increasingly digital culture. Employees choose their employer based on much more than pay-level as relational and social equity becomes increasingly valuable. We at Stone Creek Coffee are equipped on the wholesale side of our business, to develop coffee concepts with our partners that cater to the wants and needs of these evolving employee bases. We have the coffee, technical, and personal resources to deliver something beyond coffee, something remarkable.
APICS MILWAUKEE CHAPTER IS THE PREMIER PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Everything we do centers on inspiring and growing Supply Chain Professionals in the Milwaukee area – at all levels of their careers. We are on a mission to help both professionals and students. Through our community, we work to enhance Supply Chain professionals and help shape the generations to come.
The three ways we do this are:
1. Engage approximately 500 members through world recognized certification courses, professional development events, networking, and mentoring
2. Support corporations with certification courses and seminars geared to developing the workforce of today and the future
3. Spark students’ interest in supply chain methodologies through case competitions, internships, resume reviews, mentoring, and more.
It is through your membership, and the generosity of our corporate partners, that the Milwaukee Chapter can continue its momentum and growth in this industry.
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The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability. Many businesses find themselves challenged by stakeholders to describe what they are doing in this field. The council is designed to bring businesses together and provide resources to help businesses on their path toward being more sustainable.
Our goal is to establish Wisconsin not only as a destination for “sustainable businesses”, but as a home for businesses from all sectors with an interest in sustainability. The economic health of the state is partly a function of the adaptability and progressiveness of the businesses in the state. We hope to mentor, recognize and support any businesses with an interest in sustainability
In print, online and in person, BizTimes Media provides up-to-the-minute business news, thoughtful analysis and valuable strategic insights to southeastern Wisconsin business leaders.
Our award-winning print magazine, BizTimes Milwaukee, includes industry trend analysis, strategic advice and one-on-one interviews with Milwaukee’s top executives, achievers and up-and-comers.
BizTimes.com is the place to find the latest business news in southeastern Wisconsin. Convenient and timely daily and weekly e-newsletters are delivered to your inbox to ensure that you’re always up to date.
BizTimes events bring readers face-to-face with local, regional and national industry leaders. From our flagship BizExpo to our Nonprofit Excellence Awards, BizTimes presents and sponsors over 20 of the region’s most relevant and well-attended events each year.
Insight’s mission is to “connect minds, create insights” with the people, communities, organizations and industries in the 18-county region of the New North. Insight connects with readers through:
• Three business publications: Insight (our monthly flagship publication), Insight on Manufacturing and Insight on Technology.
• Online: Providing readers with up-to-date regional business news and extra content from our magazines via our e-newsletters and website.
• In person: Insight coordinates several business events including the annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference scheduled October 30, 2019 in Green Bay.
• Specialty publications: Insight partners with organizations like New North Inc., Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance and SHRM to produce specialty publications to meet their needs.
Insight is well recognized and respected for providing quality, in-depth articles about businesses, professionals and the trends making a difference in the region. Insight’s photos and design have also won multiple awards.