Trailblazer Hall of Fame
The Kettle Moraine School District proudly honors the accomplishments and humanitarian efforts of former graduates through the Laser Trailblazer Hall of Fame. Nominees (living or deceased) must be a Kettle Moraine graduate of 10 years or more and made, or are making, a significant contribution to the local, state, national or international community in the fields of entertainment, athletics, the arts, community, government or military service, professional endeavors, entrepreneurial or industrial leadership, science or technology, education, research, or humanitarian efforts. Candidates are selected in January and honored during a special ceremony in the spring. Click here for the nomination form for 2019 Trailblazers.
Kettle Moraine inducted two new members into the Alumni Trailblazer Hall of Fame on Friday, May 18. Congratulations to Paul Hackbarth and Holly (Lurvey) Lindvall. Both Trailblazers gave inspiring speeches to high school students during the induction ceremony, which was also attended by many other Trailblazers, the Trailblazer selection committee, families of inductees and local legislators. Following the ceremony, many Trailblazers gave presentations to classes about their career and life experiences, offering them tips for success. This memorable day is documented below.
Paul Hackbarth, Class of 2002, is being recognized as an entrepreneur/industry leader for his successful ownership of several businesses. As a 7th grader at Kettle Moraine Middle School, Paul started his own DJ business called Sound by Design, performing at school dances using his own stereo and borrowing school speakers. He grew the business into what it is today — a well-known and leading DJ, lighting, photobooth, production and videography service in Southeast Wisconsin that has been recognized with awards on Milwaukee’s A-List, WeddingWire and The Knot.
In 2012 Paul opened Camp Bar in Shorewood, an establishment inspired by his love of the Northwoods. Due to its success, locations were opened in Wauwatosa in 2014 and in Milwaukee’s Third Ward in 2016. Camp Bar was named Best New Bar in America by Details magazine and voted by Milwaukee’s A-List as Best Trendy Bar.
After being part of the event industry for 20 years and mastering the bar business, in 2016 Paul opened The Atrium in Shorewood for weddings, social and corporate events. He also plans to open an event space called Birch this summer, adjacent to Camp Bar in Wauwatosa.
Sound by Design, Camp Bar and The Atrium were recognized as Business of the Year in 2017 by the Shorewood Business Improvement District, the same year Paul was on the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 under 40 List.
“Paul epitomizes what it means to be an entrepreneur,” said John Mezydlo, the Trailblazer who nominated him. “He has never worked for anyone in his life. Paul had the vision, ambition and work ethic at a young age to create and grow multiple successful businesses. He is an inspiration to youth who have dreams of becoming a successful business person.”
Paul’s success has enabled him to generously support several non-profit organizations. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UW-Milwaukee and resides in Shorewood with his wife and two daughters.
Holly (Lurvey) Lindvall
A 1994 graduate of Kettle Moraine High School, Holly Lindvall currently leads human resources functions for the New York Mets Major League Baseball Team. She is being honored in the professional category.
After graduating from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1998, Holly began her career at a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. She spent the next fifteen years in the hospitality business, many at a private-equity firm that operates hotels nationwide.
Holly joined the New York Mets in 2013 as the Executive Director of Human Resources. She learned and embraced a deep respect for the history of baseball while implementing people strategy practices to drive business results. Her extensive background in HR generalist affairs, strong analytical thought processes and high focus on metrics and strategic planning led to her current role of Vice President of Human Resources and Diversity.
Recognized by the Mets for her professionalism, dedication, work ethic, judgment and business acumen, Holly provides clarity around mission, vision and values focused on creating a team culture based on integrity and accountability. She provides human resources leadership to 250 full-time employees, 150 coaches and scouts, 1,500 seasonal employees and 21 headquartered executives.
Bill Yorth is the Trailblazer who nominated Holly. “She is a natural leader who has a positive impact on her organization and her community,” Yorth said. “Her mentoring efforts and the good example she sets serve as great motivation for young people.”
When not at Citi Field, Holly gives back to those in her profession and community. She is mentor for the Women in Sports and Events non-profit organization, speaker for the Women’s Sports Foundation, advisor for the DREAM Foundation, and President of the Westhill High School Crease Club. She lives in Stamford, Conn. with her husband and son.