Bonnie Baerwald, Dana Bourland and Distinguished alum holding Martin Ciriacks plaque

Want to be the next Martin? Or maybe you know the next Denise!

If so, let us know! Moraine Park Technical College is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Nominees must hold a one- or two-year technical diploma, an associate degree or an associate of applied science degree from a Moraine Park program. Additional criteria includes demonstrated service and/or support of Moraine Park, the Wisconsin Technical College System and the community at large, as well as distinguishing oneself through a career or civic activity.

If you know of a deserving alumnus, submit your nomination by Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, to morainepark.edu/distinguishedalum.

For more information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award, contact Joan Brezinsky at 920-924-3281 or jbrezinsky@morainepark.edu.

The Distinguished Alumnus award has a proud history at Moraine Park, dating 30 years to 1987. During this three-decade span, we’ve celebrated outstanding graduates from our marketing, nursing, accounting, corrections, civil engineering and more! And we’re excited to see who’s next!

Here’s a look back at our 2016 winner:

Martin Ciriacks of Maribel, Wis., graduated from Moraine Park Technical College in 1984 with a degree in the Machine Tooling Technics program. He grew up in Hartford, Wis., and is a 1982 graduate of Hartford Union High School.

Upon completing his degree at Moraine Park, Martin found employment in his field and enjoyed positions at various Tool and Die Shops in the Germantown and Menomonee Falls area. During this time, Martin enjoyed fostering and training many apprentices from Moraine Park. Since earning his degree from Moraine Park more than three decades ago, Martin has become a highly regarded plastic injection mold-building specialist, starting, growing, owning and selling several successful businesses in the manufacturing industry.

He has also won several national awards, including becoming a three-time National Leadtime Leader Award winner.

Today, Martin is owner and president of Phoenix Tool LLC, a plastic injection mold-building company, located in Maribel, Wis. He founded this company in 2010. Phoenix Tool specializes in complex and intricate multi-cavity plastic injection molds delivered in demanding time frames.

Prior to that, Martin started and developed M&M Tool and Mold, Inc., from 1995 to 2007. It was then acquired by a private equity firm from Minneapolis, Minn. He also owned R&R Clamp LLC from 2007 to 2013 and Splitter Machine LLC in Denmark, Wis., from 2012 to 2014.

In his community, Martin has coached junior Little League and Little Leagues in Maribel for roughly a decade and has served as Chairman of the Finance Council at All Saints Catholic Church in Denmark. He has also supported the Knights of Columbus and Boy Scouts, has sponsored high school activities, and is a past Lions Club member and Norsemen Snowmobile Club member.

Andrew Pantzlaff
Written by Andrew Pantzlaff

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