Mission accomplished for Midas

Shop owner’s goal of being involved in the community reconized by Grafton Chamber of Commerce, which also honors banker, MATC official

TEAM MIDAS was the recipient of the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Business Award. Owner Jim Glaser said he considers his customers to be family and is proud to serve the community. Employees standing outside the shop included (from left) Jason Fischer, Ken Newbury, Willy Macholl, Alan Cathey, Joanne Ambrus, Jim Glaser, Kristen Glaser, Jeff Higgins, Kevin Helm and Brian Neely. (Top right) Mike Cibulka, (below) Wilma Bonaparte.
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

When Jim Glaser bought Midas in Grafton 20 years ago, he knew he wanted to be part of the community. Two decades later, the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce recognized his company’s involvement by awarding it the 2018 Outstanding Business Award.

“I’m really happy we are being recognized as a group,” Glaser said of his staff. “The dedication this group of people has for our customers is unbelievable.”

Also recognized by the Chamber is Mike Cibulka, branch manager of U.S. Bank in Grafton, for Outstanding Business Person, and Wilma Bonaparte, vice-president of Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Mequon Campus, for Outstanding Business Partner.

The honorees will be presented with their awards at the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and awards dinner on Wednesday, May 23, at the Milwaukee Ale House in Grafton.

Glaser said he considers his employees and customers to be like family. 

“We’re all in this together,” he said. “I’ve watched so many people in this community drop everything to help each other. It’s kind of contagious. Grafton is full of the greatest people.”

According to Glaser, his company organizes food drives for Family Sharing of Ozaukee County, and its parking lot is used by civic groups to host community fundraisers. He also uses the shop’s electronic sign to promote local events.

Cibulka, who was Citizen of the Year in 2010, became involved in the community in 1991 when he started his first job at First Ozaukee Savings Bank.

“My manager at that time basically said, ‘You’re working here, but one of the things you need to do is be involved in the community and get yourself out there,’” he said.

His company supports the Grafton Education Foundation, which has raised more than $200,000 during the past six years. U.S. Bank is the primary sponsor for the Grafton Community Tree Lighting and Holiday Parade.

In conjunction with the bank’s Cedarburg branch, U.S. Bank supports the annual Sweat4Vets Walk.

Cibulka, who was president of the Chamber and continues to serve on some of its committees, said he is beginning to ease his involvement because he wants younger people to become involved with the community. 

“I’m trying to peel back some of my roles to get some fresh faces and whippersnappers involved,” he said.

As vice-president of MATC’s Mequon Campus, Bonaparte works with the Grafton School District to develop transcription programs to allow high school students to earn college credit. 

Last summer, she created a training seminar for high school counselors to learn new initiatives in career counseling.         

Bonaparte is currently working with the district on a new program that would allow students to attend her campus for an information technology class that would be part of the high school curriculum. 

“It’s a full team effort,” she said. “Educating our future workforce takes an entire community.”

 

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