Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame
April 19, 2018


You don't want to miss this must-attend event as Junior Achievement celebrates business in Wisconsin and recognizes the accomplishments of four deserving leaders, as they are inducted into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame, in addition to three award-winners.

Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
April 19, 2018
The Pfister Hotel


Here is a synopsis of last year's event:


2017 Laureates


Bill Nasgovitz
Heartland Advisors
Agustin Ramirez
HUSCO International
Ray, Bill, & Art Schmidt
U.S. Venture Inc.


Thanks to the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame Sponsors.


       Presenting Sponsor             Associate Sponsor                 Reception Sponsor


Award Winners and Sponsors


Greg Marcus
The Marcus Corporation
Distinguished Executive
Raquel Filmanowicz
BMO Harris
Peak Performer
Laney Hughes
Young Entrepreneur
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Honorary Committee Chairperson

Paul Purcell, Chairman, Robert W. Baird & Co.


Honorary Committee Vice Chairpersons

Steven Booth, President & CEO, Robert W. Baird & Co.
Ted Crandall, Senior Vice President, Control Products and Solutions, Rockwell Automation
Kara Kaiser, Managing Director, BMO Private Bank
Ted Kellner, Executive Chairman, Fiduciary Management, Inc.
Jack McKeithan, Chairman, Tamarack Petroleum Co., Inc.
Bill Nasgovitz, Chairman, CIO, & Portfolio Manager, Heartland Advisors
Wayne C. Oldenburg, CEO, Oldenburg Group Incorporated
Ben Salzmann, President & CEO, ACUITY
John Schmidt, President & CEO, U.S. Venture, Inc.
Mike White, Chairman of the Board, Rite-Hite Holding Corporation


Honorary Committee Members

Bruce Arensmeier, Milwaukee Office Audit Leader, Deloitte
Chris Bauer and Diane Pellegrin
Kurt Bechthold, CEO, Payne & Dolan
Wendy A. Burke, President, Burke Properties
Louie Gentine, CEO, Sargento Foods
Cecelia Gore, Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation
Darryl Green, President & COO, ManpowerGroup
Robert Greene, Credit Risk Director, Chase
Jim Gross, Vice President Global Product Management, Johnson Controls
Jon Hammes, Chairman and CEO, The Hammes Company
Thomas Hauske, Jr., Executive Chairman, Marshall Street Capital
Jerome M. Janzer, CEO, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c.
Sang Kim, Regional President, Wells Fargo
John Koss, Jr., VP of Sales, Koss Corporation
Ed Maginot, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP
Barry McNulty, Director, Corp. Communication at WEC Energy Group - Business Services, We Energies
Doug O'Connor, Office Managing Partner, RSM
Elizabeth Orelup, Partner, Quarles & Brady LLP
Michael Orzechowski, SVP|Money Center Director, U.S. Bank
Rick Parra, President & COO, Pieper Electric, Inc.
Agustin Ramirez, Executive Chairman, HUSCO International, Inc.
Jay Rothman, Chairman & CEO, Foley & Lardner LLP
Michael Schulze, Principal, Advisory Services, EY
Patrick Sinks, CEO, MGIC Investment Corporation
Michael Stayer-Suprick, President Int'l. Bus. Group, Johnsonville Sausage
Paul Steffen, VP, Managing Partner Engagement, Northwestern Mutual
Dave Werner, President & CEO, Park Bank
Raymond Wilson, Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Jennifer Wolff, Shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.


Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame Inductees


Full Name

Company Year Inducted
Edward P. Allis Allis Chalmers Corporation 1996
Owen Ayres Ayres & Associates 2002
Robert W. Baird Robert W. Baird & Co, Inc. 1998
George Banta Jr. The Banta Company 2000
John H. Batten Twin Disc, Inc. 2001
Michael E. Batten Twin Disc, Inc. 2016
Vaughn L. Beals, Jr. Harley-Davidson Motor Company Inc. 1997
Oscar C. Boldt Oscar J. Boldt Construction 2003
Harry Bradley Allen-Bradley Company 1990
Lynde Bradley Allen-Bradley Company 1990
William H. Brady, Jr. W.H. Brady Co 1994
Fred L. Brengel Johnson Controls, Inc. 1999
Richard A. Burke Trek Bicycle Corporation 2010
Merlin G. Bush Schreiber Foods, Inc. 1999
Joyce Bytof Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group 2015
J.I. Case JI Case Company 1991
Robert Cervenka Phillips Plastics Corporation 2008
Charles B. Clark Kimberly-Clark Corporation 1993
Catherine Cleary First Wisconsin Trust 1991
Seymour R. Cray Cray Research 2003
Craig Culver Culver's 2016
Michael J. Cudahy Marquette Medical Systems 2004
Russell M. Darrow, Jr. Russ Darrow Group, Inc. 2015
Don H. Davis, Jr. Rockwell Automation 2008
Robert Endries Endries International 2007
D.C. Everest Marathon Paper Corporation 1994
Ole Evinrude Evinrude Motor Company 2009
Edmund Fitzgerald Northwestern Mutual 2003
James F. Fitzgerald Milwaukee Bucks 2001
Walter A. Frautschi Webcrafters, Inc 1992
Leonard Gentine Sargento Foods, Inc. 2008
Michael W. Grebe Foley & Lardner, LLP 2005
R. Bruce Grover VPI, LLC 2007
Terry Growcock The Manitowoc Company 2014
Dr. Adolf Gundersen Gundersen Lutheran 2013
Ardie Halyard Columbia Savings & Loan 1999
Robert E. Harlan The Green Bay Packers 2010
Leo L. Heikkinen Prentice Hydraulics Inc. 1999
Kenneth Hendricks ABC Supply Company 2011
Charles F. Ilsley Marshall & Ilsley Bank 1997
Joseph Johnson Snap-on Tools Corporation 1992
Samuel C. Johnson S.C. Johnson – A Family Company 2004
Samuel Curtis Johnson S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. 1990
Warren S. Johnson Johnson Controls, Inc. 1994
Fredrick M. Jones Fred Jones Pontiac GMC Trucks 2002
James H. Keyes Johnson Controls, Inc. 2003
E.C. Kiekhaefer Mercury Marine 1993
Alberta S. Kimball Miles Kimball Co. 2005
Henry H. Kimberly, Jr. The Morgan Company 2004
W. Robert Koch American Family Insurance Group 1996
Max Kohl Kohl's Food Stores 1994
Herbert Vollrath Kohler, Sr. Kohler Company 1998
Walter Kohler, Sr. Kohler Company 1998
John C. Koss The Koss Corporation 2004
Robert H. Leverenz Leverenz Shoe Company 2000
Thomas Lyon Cooperative Resources Int. 2007
Irwin J. Maier Journal Communications 1990
Ben Marcus The Marcus Corporation 1992
Samuel H. Marshall Marshall & Ilsley Bank 1997
Bezelee Martin Lena's Food Market 2013
Oscar G. Mayer Oscar Mayer Foods Corp 1990
Charles S. McNeer Wisconsin Energy Corp 1993
George W. Mead II Consolidated Papers 1997
John Mellowes Charter Manufacturing Co. 2016
Frederick C. Miller Miller Brewing Company 2012
Alexander Mitchell Wis. Marine & Fire Ins. Co. 2000
Leslie M. Muma Fiserv, Inc. 2007
Albert O. Nicholas Nicholas Company 2010
John Noel The Noel Group 2016
Daniel David Nusbaum Schreiber Foods, Inc. 1999
Captain Frederick Pabst Pabst Brewing Company 1991
Henry L. Palmer Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co 1990
George S. Parker The Parker Pen Company 1996
Lewis E. Phillips National Presto Industries, Inc. 1996
Richard R. Pieper, Sr. Pieper Electric Company, Inc. 2011
Paul H. Poberezny Experimental Aircraft Association 2005
H. Carl Prange Prange 1991
Harry Quadracci Quad/Graphics 2011
D. B. Reinhart Gateway Foods 1997
Oscar Rennebohm Rennebohm Drug Stores 1993
Pleasant Rowland American Girl 2010
Don Schneider Schneider National, Inc. 2009
Gretchen Schoenleber Ambrosia Chocolate Company 1998
Marvin Schuette Wausau Homes 2014
Allan H. "Bud" Selig Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club 2000
William A. Siekman Appleton Papers 2002
Joseph (Pep) Simek Tombstone Pizza 2011
Ronald Simek Tombstone Pizza 2011
Arthur O. Smith A.O. Smith Corporation 1992
Lloyd R. Smith A.O. Smith Corporation 1992
Daniel Spalding School Specialty 2012
William Specht Cousins Submarines, Inc. 2014
Richard A.Stack Air Wisconsin, Inc. 2005
Alice and Ralph Stayer Johnsonville Sausage 2014
Donna Wolf Steigerwaldt Jockey International, Inc. 2009
Martin F. Stein Stein Drugs & Stein Optical 2001
John Stollenwerk Allen-Edmonds Shoe Corporation 2009
Frederick Stratton, Jr. Briggs & Stratton Corporation 2012
Richard F. Teerlink Harley-Davidson Motor Company Inc. 2002
Reuben Trane The Trane Company 1993
August Uihlein Schlitz Brewery 1994
John W. Ullrich Wipfli, Ulrich & Co. 1998
Ron Wanek Ashley Furniture 2012
Elmer L. Winter Manpower, Inc. 1991
Cyrus C. Yawkey The Wausau Group 1992
Nathaniel K. Zelazo Astronautics Corporation of America 2014
Joseph J. Zilber Zilber Ltd. 2013
Edward J. Zore Northwestern Mutual 2015
Gus A. Zuehlke Valley Bancorporation


Note: No Laureates were inducted in 1995 and in 2006 due to special celebrations.