Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer
Family Business Legacy Institute
Dr. David Borst is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Family Business Legacy Institute. Prior to joining FBLI as the director and board member, Dr. Borst served 18 years at Concordia University, the last six as dean of the School of Business Administration. Dr. Borst left CUW in December to run multiple businesses under his label of borstthebrand.com. A serial entrepreneur, he has taken numerous businesses to the heights of success and national recognition. Dr. Borst serves as the liaison between the strategic partners, the board, and member families at FBLI. Dr. Borst can be heard every Saturday morning at 6:20 am on WTMJ, Radio 620, for the show "All Business" sponsored by FBLI.
Lafayette Crump (Spark Award Judge)
Chief Operating Officer
Lafayette Crump, Esq., is Chief Operating Officer of Prism Technical Management and Marketing Services, a Milwaukee-headquartered national consulting firm with a focus on diversity and inclusion assurance, monitoring and program development, business and workforce development, small business growth and federal, state and local compliance. Prism has been responsible for ensuring the participation of diverse and underrepresented workers and/or businesses on projects such as the new Milwaukee Bucks arena, the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, Miller Park, the Moderne, and many others. In addition to his work at Prism, Lafayette is Managing Member of Crump Law Firm, an Adjunct Professor at Marquette Law School and serves on the Boards of Safe and Sound, the Salvation Army and Growing Power.
Dean Dietrich, JD
Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C.
Dean R. Dietrich, shareholder with Ruder Ware, L.L.S.C., chairs the firm's Employment, Benefits, & Labor Relations Practice Group. He has represented attorneys in matters before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Office of Lawyer Regulation and has consulted with numerous law firms and lawyers regarding compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. He serves as Chair of the State Bar Committee on Professional Ethics in addition to past service on the Committee appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to review changes to Supreme Court Rules Chapter 20, the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys. Mr. Dietrich is a graduate of Marquette University Law School.
Catherine Draeger-Pederson, MA is a nonprofit entrepreneur with over 13 years of experience empowering people to make a difference in their community. As the Executive Director of Friedens Community Ministries, 2016 BBB Torch Award recipient, she oversees a network of four food pantries who served 51,000 individuals with 2,000 volunteers in 2016. She has received numerous awards including the Philanthropic 5 recipient in 2016 from United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County and the Ten Outstanding Young America's (TOYA) award in 2015 from the United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees). She earned her Master's Degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis in leadership form Trinity International University. She is a published author: Faith, Hope and Love: When the World is Not as It Should Be. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and three children.
Chief Idea Officer
Jeremy Fojut has 16 years of applying unique approaches to complex problems to increase engagement, economic development and awareness for businesses, neighborhoods and organizations. Jeremy speaks, consults and creates talent retention and attraction projects across the country for municipalities, chambers, organizations and companies looking for innovative solutions connect people to place.
Director, Global Compliance & Ethics Programs
Modine Manufactoring Company
John Fons is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics; the Ethics & Compliance Council of the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity & Innovation; and the Corporate Compliance Committee of the American Bar Association. He has been an Adjunct Faculty member at Marquette University's College of Business Administration. With more than 15 years of general counsel, John’s JD is from Marquette University's Law School, and a BBA-Finance from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.
Michael Gillick, JD, Ph.D
Gillick, Wicht, Gillick & Graf
Michael Gillick is president of Gillick, Wicht, Gillick & Graf, a law firm representing injured workers. He holds a law degree from Marquette University. He also holds a master’s degree in philosophy from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Marquette University, where his work was in the foundation of morality. He has lectured and published on legal and philosophical issues in various places in the United States and Canada.
Artist Working in Education
Beth Haskovec is Executive Director of Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.). She brings 15 years of community development experience to her role, most recently as the Economic Development Manager for Layton Boulevard West Neighbors. She serves on the boards of the Milwaukee Forum, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, Womankind Worldwide, and CAMPAC: Milwaukee County Arts Fund. Beth received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa with a focus on nonprofit management.An alumna of Peace Corps-Romania and AmeriCorps, Beth is committed to public service and community development initiatives with an emphasis on utilizing the arts as community revitalization tool.
Richard Kyte, Ph.D
Endowed Professor; Director, D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership
Rick Kyte is the Endowed Professor of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where he teaches a variety of ethics courses dealing with issues in business, leadership, and the environment. He received his undergraduate degree from Hamline University and his Ph.D. in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994. Rick writes a regular column for the La Crosse Tribune titled, “The Ethical Life.” His latest book, Ethical Business: Cultivating the Good in Organizational Culture, was published by Anselm Academic Press in 2016. He gives presentations on ethics and leadership to organizations all over the country. Rick is a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Downtown Rotary Club of La Crosse. He was born and raised in Frazee, Minnesota—home of the world’s largest turkey.
Kayla Leverton (Spark Award judge)
Director of Sales & Marketing
Forte Research Systems, Inc.
Kayla Leverton is the Director of Sales & Marketing for community sites. In this role, she drives the strategy for promoting Forte’s ecosystem of products to the community site market. Kayla works directly with research sites to understand their operational challenges, and to offer education and software solutions to resolve those challenges.
Praveen Kaviraj Parboteeah, Ph. D
College of Business & Economics Distinguished Professor
Professor Parboteeah is the inaugural COBE Distinguished Professor and Director of the Doctorate of Business Administration program at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. He has published over 45 publications and reviews regularly for many of the field's top journals. He is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Business Ethics. In the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Parboteeah co-created a business ethics course that is now a mandatory requirement for undergraduate business ethics students. He also organizes the business ethics week, where leading practitioners share their experiences with students. Finally, Parboteeah co-authors Business Ethics, one of the leading textbooks that takes a balanced theoretical and practical perspective.
Marjorie Rucker is Executive Director of The Business Council, an affiliate of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC). Prior to joining The Business Council, she was a Program Officer at LISC Milwaukee and worked as the Main Street Manager for the King Drive Business Improvement District, where she was responsible for affecting more than $100 million in development, 25 net new businesses and more than 1,200 jobs. As Executive Director of The Business Council, she is committed to helping ethnically-diverse businesses grow in southeastern Wisconsin. She is a Director of Centro Hispano and Layton Boulevard West Neighbors. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Mount Mary University in 2000 and her law degree from Vermont Law School in 2003.
Brian Sara (Spark Award Judge)
Consultant, Human Capital & Benefits
Willis Towers Watson
Brian Sara is a Wisconsin native and a Consultant with the Human Capital & Benefits practice at Willis Towers Watson in Milwaukee. Brian most recently spent several years working for Business Sweden, a division of the Swedish government tasked with helping Nordic firms – startups and corporations alike – enter new markets and expand internationally. Prior to this, he worked as a software consultant for Milwaukee-based Zywave and interned with both KPMG and the U.S. Embassy in Denmark. Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Marquette University and a master’s degree in international trade and economics from the University of Denver.
Andrea Schneider, JD
Director, Dispute Resolution Program
Marquette University Law School
Professor Andrea Schneider joined the faculty of Marquette University Law School in 1996. Professor Schneider has served as a lecturer at Stanford Law School and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School. Professor Schneider is the author or co-author of numerous books and book chapters in the field of dispute resolution, and she has published numerous articles on negotiation, pedagogy, gender and international conflict. She has been named the 2017 recipient of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Award for Outstanding Scholarly Work. Professor Schneider was awarded various other awards such as the Woman of the Year Award given by the Wisconsin Law Journal and the Association for Women Lawyers, as well as an Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Civil Trial Mediators for her work as the national coordinator for the ABA Law Student Representation in Mediation Competition.
Daniel Schroeder, Ph.D (Spark Award judge)
Organization Development Consultants, Inc.
Dr. Daniel A. Schroeder is President/CEO of Organization Development Consultants, Inc. (ODC), a management consulting firm offering performance consulting solutions for individuals, teams, and organizations. Additionally, he teaches in the Organizational Behavior and Leadership (bachelor’s) and Organization Development (master’s) programs at Edgewood College (Madison, WI), programs that he founded and for which he served as Program Director.
Christy Senglaub lives in Milwaukee and owns Senglaub Financial Group. As the third generation to lead and grow the business, she credits her father's rule to only work with people and products that she is working with to ensure good advice. Prior to joining the family business Christy attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. After graduation, she lived and worked in Chicago, Singapore and NYC pursuing her love of fashion as a buyer for Michael Kors and Gucci's corporate headquarters. Christy serves on the Board of Directors for Phantom Lake YMCA, the Milwaukee Athletic Club's Membership Selection Committee as well as multiple national industry leadership groups where she has been nominated to represent minorities (under 50 and female) to help shape the future practice of financial advice.
Strategic Management Associates
Michael Troyer serves as a resource for owners who find value in having an outside, confidential and unbiased colleague with whom to talk. Together, we think through the challenges the owner faces in leading a business, maximizing opportunities, exploring operational and strategic challenges, ensuring the best utilization of talent, and together sharpening the owner’s thinking. Whether through 50+ NewStart™, The Owner’s Advisor™ or working on Growth and Innovation strategies and initiatives for small businesses, he have an opportunity to draw on experience that ranges across family businesses, manufacturing, construction, banking, law, non-profit organizations and many more. With degrees from Cornell College and Duke University (M.A. and Ph.D.), he has been a senior consultant to an Inc. Magazine subsidiary, served on boards of a regional Bank and a regional hospital, and currently Chair the Bay Area Workforce Development Board and the Wisconsin Workforce Development Association Board, and serves as a member of the Northeast Wisconsin Advisory Board of the BBB. He has been a Torch Award Judge since its inception.
Kim R. Wall grew up in Beloit, Wisconsin. She graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with a double major in accounting and economics. In 1991, Wall purchased Ma Baensch in Milwaukee, which produces and markets premium quality marinated herring. As president, Wall is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operation, including growth strategies, sales, production, distribution, marketing, research and human resources. She also oversees the company’s quality control and food safety measures. Wall serves on the Future Leaders committee of the National Fisheries Institute (NFI). NFI is the nation’s leading advocacy organization for the seafood industry.