New North Workplace Excellence Award

people practices driving business results

The New North Workplace Excellence Award is presented by New North, Inc. and Right Management Inc. to organizations located within the 18-county New North region. The award recognizes organizations that improve their competitive advantage through people practices that lead to successful business results.


  • Orientation & Assimilation
  • Recruitment, Selection & Retention
  • Culture Management
  • Alignment & Engagement
  • Development/Performance Management
  • Employee Communication
  • Succession/Knowledge Transfer
  • Exit (Retirement or Outplacement)



  • Savings: Financial & Cost Efficiencies
  • Growth: Financial & Customer Growth
  • Increased Profitability

Organizations located within the 18-county New North region are eligible to apply. This includes companies that have a division or location within the New North, but are not necessarily headquartered in the New North.

The 18 counties include: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupaca, Waushara, and Winnebago.

The New North Workplace Excellence Award application process will consist of three phases:

Phase I                Organizations complete brief statement of consideration (500 words or less).

Phase II               Organizations meeting Phase I requirements will be notified and invited to submit a detailed application.

Phase III              Organizations meeting Phase II requirements will become finalists and a site visit will be conducted by members of the judges committee to select winner(s).

NOW AVAILABLE: Application Phase 1 – 2022-23
Important Dates and Information*
  • Oct. 7, 2022  Phase 1 responses due by 5:00PM CDT. Responses should be emailed to [email protected]
  • Oct. 28, 2022  Organizations moving onto Phase 2 will be notified.
  • Jan. 27, 2023  Phase 2 applications due by 5:00PM CDT.
  • Feb. 17, 2023  Phase 3 finalists notified and site visits are scheduled during March and early April 2023.


2022 New North Workplace Excellence Award Winner

J. F. Ahern Co., a mechanical and fire protection contractor headquartered in Fond du Lac, has been named as the winner of the 2022 New North Workplace Excellence Award. Selected from nominated companies in the 18-county region through a multi-phase evaluation process, J. F. Ahern Co. representatives were presented the award at the New North Summit, held June 9 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

The award recognizes organizations within the New North region who are improving their competitive advantage through people practices that lead to successful business outcomes. Sponsored by Right Management, businesses are evaluated for the award based on employee engagement, business results and overall success.

“It is an honor to present J. F. Ahern Co. with the New North Workplace Excellence Award,” says Barb LaMue, president and CEO of New North Inc. “In reviewing the award submissions, their people-focused approach really stood out to us. Strong internal communications and effective employee onboarding are keys to success in today’s business climate, and J. F. Ahern Co. has developed new processes to master those universal challenges.”

Founded in 1880, J. F. Ahern Co. specializes in HVAC, Plumbing, Controls, Sprinkler, Extinguisher & Alarm, and Fabrication for construction and service projects. The family-owned company, which is the third-largest fire-protection contractor in the country, has more than 1,400 employees servicing commercial and industrial customers across the United States.


New North Workplace Excellence Award

Past Award Recipients:

  • J.F. Ahern Co.
  • Wipfli
  • Integrity Insurance
  • Schneider
  • American Transmission Company
  • Expera Specialty Solutions
  • Werner Electric
  • Foth
  • Oshkosh Corporation
  • US Venture, Inc.
  • ThedaCare
  • Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
  • Bassett Mechanical
  • Hoffman LLC
  • J. J. Keller & Associates
  • Nicolet Plastics
  • Mid-States Aluminum Corporation
  • Skyline Technologies
  • Tank Technology
  • Holy Family Memorial, Inc.
  • Schneider National, Inc.
  • Goodwill Industries of North Central WI, Inc.
  • McCain Foods USA, Inc.
  • Miles Kimball Company