Business Memos 9/18/13

Beeken gets new role at Andersen

Beeken, Dave 2013

BAYPORT — Dave Beeken was recently named president of Andersen Corp.’s Silver Line Division following the departure of former Silver Line Division President Paul Valle.

“Dave brings to this business a long track record of success during his 35-year career in the window and door industry,” said Andersen Chairman, President and CEO Jay Lund.

Beeken recently served as the senior vice president of Doors and Accessories for Andersen Division, one of the company’s three divisions. Previously, he was the senior vice president and general manager of the Architectural Products Division, where he launched the new Andersen Architectural Collection and led the integration of Eagle Windows and Doors into the Andersen business.

Beeken’s career in the window and door industry began when he joined Eagle in 1977. He became the president of Eagle in 1999 and engineered Eagle into one of the most highly customized product offerings in the industry. His accomplishments include being the past chairman of the Window and Door Manufacturer’s Association and in 2003 the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the states of Iowa and Nebraska.

Kockelman earns RICP designation

Todd Kockelman, president of K-F Financial, recently earned the retirement income certified professional (RICP)designation from The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

RICP designation candidates must complete a minimum of three college-level courses, pass a series of two-hour proctored exams, have three years of experience, meet stringent ethics requirements and participate in the college’s continuing education program.

Kockelman graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Finance and has been in the financial services industry for more than 18 years. He started his own firm in 2010 and is an active member in the community, serving as a Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce ambassador, charter member of the Stillwater Area Kiwanis Group, volunteer for Community Thread, youth baseball coach, manager of his church’s softball team and pursuing a role as an on-call firefighter for the Stillwater Fire Department.

The American College is the nation’s largest non-profit educational institution devoted to financial services. Holding the highest level of academic accreditation, the college is a valued business partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and others for more than 86 years. Visit for more information.

Couple earn top producer award

ST. LOUIS — Tony and Wendy Espeseth, owners of Fish Window Cleaning of Northern Wisconsin, were named top producers for the fourth straight year at the annual Fish Window Cleaning Convention in St. Louis in July.

The Espeseths received the award for producing one of the highest revenue totals during the program period of Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2012. They were also recognized with the Navigator Award for their work with prospective franchisees.

“We are happy to serve our communities as the largest window cleaning company in Wisconsin,” said Tony Espeseth.

The Espeseths’ operations serve 60 percent of Wisconsin. They are also the first Fish Window Cleaning® franchisee to own five separate operations with five offices serving customers in three states, including operations in Stillwater, Maplewood, White Bear Lake and North St. Paul.

“The Espeseths are hard-working and they have been able to build quite a business, and they do it all with charisma and a contagious energy,” said Mike Merrick, Fish Window Cleaning CEO. “They are well-known among other franchisees as a reliable resource.”

The Espeseths opened their business in 2004 and their office provides service to commercial and residential customers.

Hudson restaurant completes remodeling

HUDSON, Wis. — Barker’s Bar & Grill recently announced completion of a renovation of the popular Hudson restaurant.

“While the popularity of our bar and grill remains strong over the years with an extremely loyal following, we undertook this effort to make our establishment even better as part of our ongoing goal of superb customer satisfaction,” said owner Pete Foster.

The renovation included a remodeled kitchen remodeling; expansion and renovation of the bar and bar seating capacity, providing for shorter wait times during busy periods, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements for customer comfort.

Barker’s Bar and Grill is located in the heart of Hudson’s downtown historic district. More information is available at and on Facebook and Twitter.