MadREP is grateful for the generous support of our many private and public sector board members and investors who help shape the future of the Madison Region’s economy.
Peter is an architect with over 35 years of experience designing award-winning commercial, civic and urban design projects. Since 1993, he has worked at Strang, voted the top architectural firm for the last eight years (2013-2020) by Madison Wisconsin’s InBusiness Magazine readers. He is responsible for Strang’s design vision and creative direction.
His client-focused design philosophy involves a commitment to thoughtful listening in order to create environments that truly reflect users’ needs and visions, while responding to their context of time and place. As a LEED Accredited Professional, he is passionate about sustainable design and our collective responsibility as stewards of our planet and the public realm.
A native of Malaysia, Peter came to the U.S. to attend Cornell University, earning a B.Arch and an M.Arch in Urban Design. In addition to MadREP, his community service includes the Madison Urban Design Commission, Upper House Advisory Council, Fitchburg Center Development Review Committee, and serving as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 122.
Peter Tan, Board Chair
Executive Vice President/Chief Design Officer, Strang, Inc.
Nyra Jordan is one of the founding directors of the American Family Insurance Institute for Corporate and Social Impact, a Madison, Wisconsin-based innovation hub that leverages venture capital investment and transformative public and private partnerships to address major challenges facing the US. These challenges include diminished family economic security, an uncertain national economy, educational disparities, mass incarceration, climate change, systemic racism and other social determinants of health, along with and the void in effective leadership around these issues. As social impact investment director, Jordan's goal is to engage with innovative initiatives, investments and partnerships that allow more families to gain wealth and enjoy their American Dream.
In addition to leading and implementing initiatives to assess whether internal operations and practices are consistent with social justice values, Jordan amplifies community experts and founders focused on people-centered technology solutions for those impacted by the justice system. She believes that tech can create opportunities and help reduce inequities in the criminal and civil justice system -- but only if it is designed by, with and for people with direct experience in the system or those who have dedicated their lives to criminal and civil justice change. She is also co-creating a coalition to bring funding to underrepresented founders by convening entrepreneurs and investors within the justice tech sector.
Jordan launched her career in the nonprofit space and currently serves on several boards and task forces that include community members, elected officials, and law enforcement to drive systemic change. She is committed to transformation that will bring equality to America by increasing access to opportunity and establishing social equity.
Jordan is a native of Chicago Heights, IL and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, she holds degrees from Valdosta State University and Edgewood College. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She is also a TED speaker and her talk: 4 steps to hiring fairly - - and supporting criminal justice reform is available for viewing. Jordan and her husband Jerry reside in Madison and have two children Miles (23), Mattea (18) and a 1-year-old German Shepherd/Lab named Theo.
Nyra Jordan, Vice-Chair
Social Impact Investment Director, American Family Insurance
Julia Arata-Fratta is recognized as a business and accounting professional with more than 15 years of experience as a consultant and mentor in management for non-profit organizations, accounting, and taxation. She is a Manager in the Tax and Business Service Department at Wegner CPAs. She is also an Alderwoman for the City of Fitchburg Common Council since 2015. During her tenure, she has served in several commissions and committees in different roles and acted as President of the Council in 2020. Julia is known to be a proven experienced, reliable, and community-focused leader. She considers herself as a servant leader that enjoys her role in the Fitchburg Council.
In 2012, Brava Magazine recognized Julia as one of "23 Women to Watch" roles in the Latino Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Julia was recognized with the "Women of Achievement Award" by the Wisconsin Women of Color Network for her commitment to enriching the lives of women of color.
In 2014, she was awarded the Community Leader Award for her work with the Latino Business community in Dane County. And, in July of 2015, she was recognized by the INBusiness Magazine as one of Madison's "Most Influential" people for her contributions to the business community.
Julia was the former President of the board of directors of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County. She devoted more than eight years to build up the organization as a volunteer. Additionally, Julia was one of the founder members of the Latino Professional Association of Greater Madison.
Julia has also served in the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce board of directors, a South-Central Advisor Team for Wisconsin Women Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), Agrace Hospice, and United Way of Dane County.
Currently, she serves in the Madison Regional Economic Partnership in the Executive Board as Treasurer, the Latino Consortium for Action, and the Overture Center Foundation as Board Treasurer.
Julia is married and has two sons (in College). She is originally from Argentina and has been a Fitchburg resident since 2004. She enjoys gardening, snowshoeing, and she is an avid soccer (futbol) fan in her free time.
Julia Arata-Fratta, Board Treasurer
Accounting Solutions Manager, Wegner CPAs
Juli Aulik has been director of community relations at UW Health since 2002. She oversees UW Health’s contributions program, community benefit reporting, and local government relations. Juli collaborates on community health improvement projects, the community dimension of population health, and diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
She has a background in economic development, historic preservation, and tourism, including working in the WI State Senate for the Senator who chaired the economic development committee, as a policy analyst for the former WI Department of Development, and leading Taliesin Preservation, Inc.
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Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Master of Arts degree in Public Policy from Duke University
Juli Aulik, Immediate Past Board Chair
Community Relations Director, UW Health
David is responsible for the strategic, operational, and financial aspects of the company’s Wisconsin Utility. This includes the operation and maintenance of all fossil and renewable generation assets, the electric and gas distribution systems assets, engineering, and customer support and account management for Wisconsin customers. His responsibilities also include the planning and execution of large strategic projects across Alliant Energy. David's previous responsibilities include managing large capital projects, managing several generation facilities and multiple engineering positions.
David has been with Alliant Energy (and in Madison) for over 30 years and is on the Board of Second Harvest of Southwest Wisconsin, regularly participates in initiatives and committees with the United Way of Dane County, is a member of the Leadership Greater Madison Alumni and a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin.
His education includes an MBA from Edgewood College in Madison, WI and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
David de Leon, Executive Committee Member
President, Alliant Energy
Seth Lentz, Executive Committee Member
CEO, Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
Katie Boyce is the Senior Director of Corporate Affairs at Exact Sciences Corporation. In December of 2019, Katie started at Exact Sciences as the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility. Katie Boyce founded the Katie Boyce Company, LLC in 2011. She is a successful professional with over 23 years of management, fundraising, business and non-profit, political and government experience on multiple issues within Wisconsin and nationally. She is a strong leader who understands and has successfully navigated the dynamic relationships between the different worlds – legislative, business, labor, interest groups, philanthropy, media, donors. Strong community ties within the health care and industries as well as in the policy, government, philanthropic and business worlds. Katie is an effective communicator who builds and motivates high-performing teams that deliver measurable results. Highly motivated, results- oriented professional with extensive management and senior leadership experience. Proven strategic thinker with exceptional vision and ability to design action plans to implement that vision.
Before starting the Katie Boyce Company, LLC, Katie was most recently the deputy chief of staff in the office of Governor Jim Doyle. She oversaw all external relations for the local, state and federal level, with a focus on health care. Prior to her appointment in 2007, she was the finance director for Governor Doyle’s successful 2006 re-election campaign. In 2003, she started her work with Governor Doyle as his legislative director. She worked for the lobbying firm, Broydrick and Associates as a state level lobbyist for 7 years with focus on energy and health care. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in English and Political Science and is originally from Milwaukee, WI. Katie lives in Cross Plains, WI with her husband, Dan Ebert and daughter, Norah.
Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Exact Sciences
Daniel Brown is the Executive Manager of Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison where he has served since 2012. Prior to arriving at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, he served a highly successful 4-year term of office as the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Vice President. As Vice President, one his more prominent accomplishments of many was leading Gaming Compact negotiations with the State of Wisconsin and finalizing a deal that has been very beneficial to his tribe and the State of Wisconsin. Another outstanding achievement was his leadership in more affirmatively pursuing an off-reservation gaming site in Beloit. Serving as the General Manager at Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells in the early 2000s, he led that property toward its most profitable years. As the Executive Manager at Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison, he has transformed that property into the most profitable gaming facility in the Ho-Chunk Nation 5 years running and the upward trajectory continues. He works tirelessly to establish substantive partnerships with the local business and non-profit communities and with local governments. A fine public speaker, he has given multitudes of presentations throughout the community educating audiences about many facets of the Ho-Chunk Nation as well as sharing his vision for a campus development that is designed to benefit not only the Ho-Chunk Nation but the City, the County and the State. His has been a 28-year journey of collaborative leadership for his tribe.
Executive Manager, Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
Pam Christenson is the Director of Customer and Community Relations for Madison Gas and Electric, a local utility company that generates and distributes natural gas and electricity to over 150,000 customers in south-central Wisconsin. In this role, Ms. Christenson manages talented teams within MGE that work with business accounts, residential customers, key community organizations, valued partners and economic development professionals, customer experience, and new products and services.
In addition to MadREP, Pam also serves on the boards of Downtown Madison Inc., Clean Lakes Alliance, Workforce Development Board of South-Central Wisconsin, Forward Bio Labs, Utility Economic Development Association, the Wisconsin Economic Development Institute, Wisconsin Economic Development Association, Wisconsin Business Development, Friends of Nolen Waterfront, Destination District Taskforce, the Director’s Advisory Board for the Wisconsin Union and Tri4Schools.
Prior to her work with MGE, Pam held positions in both the public and private sector including 15 years in a number of different roles with the State of Wisconsin. While working at the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, she served as the Director of the Bureau of Entrepreneurship and Technology Development and the Administrator for the Division of Business Development which housed the agency’s economic development and financial programs.
On the private sector side, Ms. Christenson spent several years working at the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association, the statewide trade group for gas station and c-store owners as their Director of Public Affairs. She and her husband co-own Christy’s Landing, a third generation bar and restaurant on one of Madison’s beautiful lakes.
Pam is an avid runner, having completed 14 marathons and two Ragnar Races. She is also a six -time Ironman triathlon finisher and Tough Mudder survivor.
Director of Customer and Community Relations, Madison Gas and Electric
Jeannie is a 5th generation family business owner of JP Cullen and serves as the company’s co-president. Prior to her role as co-president, she was the Vice-President of JP Cullen’s Healthcare Construction Division. The division was founded and grew significantly under her leadership. Jeannie is an active member of her community both professionally and personally. She serves on several nonprofit and local organization boards and steering committees including Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association and the American Heart Association. In addition to her involvement, Jeannie is committed to increasing the number of women working in her industry.
Jeannie Cullen Schultz
Co-President, J. P. Cullen & Sons
Chairperson, Dodge County Board Supervisors
Mark Greene is Chief of Strategy at Kairos Technologies, a corporate venture studio focused on artificial intelligence (AI) solutions that improve patient outcomes and make healthcare more accessible for all. Kairos is a subsidiary of WPS Health Solutions headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.
Mark has also chaired the City of Madison’s Economic Development Committee and served as an instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force/Air National Guard, where he flew over 170 combat missions in the Middle East. Mark is passionate about creating economic change and empowerment for Wisconsinites through building and strengthening connections among Wisconsin’s business communities, startup ecosystem, non-profits, and other state and local institutions.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Chief Strategy Officer, Kairos Technologies, Inc.
Melli, Walker, Ruhly and Pease, SC
Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
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Personal: Married with two grown sons.
Partner, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
Erik Iverson is Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), a nonprofit, mission-driven organization supporting scientific research within the UW–Madison community for nearly a century. He joined WARF in June 2016. WARF is the designated patent management organization for UW, partnering with university researchers on patenting and licensing their discoveries and providing grants to the UW to support further research.
Iverson has over 20 years of executive experience leading organizations and programs committed to entrepreneurial efforts that positively impact people worldwide. Prior to joining WARF, he served as a lead executive at the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), attorney at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and within the law firm of Perkins Coie.
He holds a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, J.D. from the University of North Dakota, and an LL.M. from New York University.
Managing Director, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Traci Mann serves as the President of the Wisconsin Region of Old National Bank (ONB). The Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate team report to Traci and she serves as a community leader, guiding the region’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts as well as community investment, volunteerism and financial literacy programs.
With 30+ years of financial services experience, Traci has been part of the bank’s leadership team since 1986 when she joined AnchorBank. She worked her way through the Mortgage division to Treasury Management and Commercial Banking before being promoted to Region President in 2019. In addition to her leadership responsibilities, Traci continues to manage a handful of clients with a portfolio of commercial holdings totaling $50MM and her team manages a $1 Billion CRE portfolio.
Region President, Old National Bank
Tim McCumber has been the Village Administrator in Lake Delton since January 2022 and a member of the Sauk County Board representing District 20 primarily comprised of the Merrimac area since 2018. In April 2020, Tim was selected by his peers to serve as the Sauk County Board Chair.Tim began his career working for financial institutions when he was hired as a bank teller while in high school. In 1998, he began McCumber Real Estate Services and remained in business for 20 years. During that same period, he was also elected to the Merrimac Town Board. He eventually was appointed to serve as the Town’s first Zoning Administrator and eventually Clerk - Treasurer in 2003.
Today, Tim shares his knowledge of local government finance as an instructor for UW-Green Bay’s Clerk and Treasurer’s Institute; the Wisconsin Towns Association, and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. McCumber collaborates frequently with the UW Extension Local Government Education including contributions to the “Basic Financial Administration for Wisconsin Local Governments” handbook published in 2021. Tim resides in Merrimac, Wisconsin with his bride of over 30 years and has two daughters. The oldest recently graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in education. His youngest will be a senior at Valparaiso University in Indiana studying business administration
Chairperson, Sauk County Board of Supervisors
Jennifer L. Mnookin is the 30th leader of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a national expert on law, forensic science and evidence, and has deep experience as an innovative and talented administrator.
Prior to joining UW–Madison, Mnookin served as dean of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law. She first joined the UCLA Law faculty in 2005, she served as Vice Dean for Faculty and Research from 2007 to 2009, and Vice Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Intellectual Life in 2012–13. She became dean in 2015.She received her A.B. from Harvard University, her J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in History and Social Study of Science and Technology from M.I.T.
At UCLA, Mnookin founded and was co-director of PULSE @ UCLA Law (the Program on Understanding Law, Science & Evidence), and her publications have focused on issues relating to forensic science, such as fingerprint identification, handwriting expertise and DNA evidence.
In 2020, Mnookin was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She also serves on the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
She served for six years on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology and Law, and co-chaired a group of senior advisors for a President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report on the use of forensic science in criminal courts.
From 2016–19, Mnookin served on the steering committee of the Association of American Law Schools’ Deans Forum. She was elected to the American Law Institute in 2011.
Prior to joining UCLA Law, Chancellor Mnookin was professor of law and Barron F. Black Research Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School.
Born in Cambridge, Mass., and raised in Berkeley and Palo Alto, Calif., Mnookin and her husband, political scientist Joshua Foa Dienstag, have two children, 19 and 22.
Jennifer L. Mnookin
Chancellor, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Nate serves as the Dodge County Community Development Administrator. In this role he is a resource to current and future Dodge County businesses, communities, and residents for the purpose of growing the Dodge County region in a positive manner. Community development services are varying, as Dodge County is spread across 900 square miles containing 43 communities that almost 90,000 people call home. During Nate’s 19 years at Dodge County, he has been involved in a wide variety of rural and urban activities that have proven to be successful and provide models for other communities to replicate. Areas of activities have included addressing broadband infrastructure deficiencies, balancing rural & urban community goals, leading manufacturing employer alliance, facilitate school district & employer activities, land use planning for cities/villages/towns, support city industrial expansion goals, facilitate business to business opportunities, recreational trail development, and leading county tourism activities. Nate holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from UW-Stevens Point, specializing in Regional Analysis and Community Development.
Community Development Administrator, Dodge County
Joe Parisi has called Dane County home his entire life. He sought out public service as a way to give back to a community that has given so much to him. Joe was first elected as County Executive, the chief elected leader of Dane County, in 2011 after 6 years in the State Assembly and 8 years as Dane County Clerk. Joe’s priority is to ensure that everyone in our community has access to the opportunity to succeed. He believes investing in people pays big dividends. Joe knows this can work because he experienced it.
Now Joe believes it is his turn to give back to ensure that our children’s generation has access to the same opportunities that were available to him. Joe and his wife, Erin Thornley Parisi, raised their two daughters on Madison’s east side. With a population of more than 500,000 and an annual county budget of $600 million, Dane is Wisconsin’s second largest county. Dane County has the highest private sector job and population growth in Wisconsin.
County Executive, County of Dane
Dr. Tracy Pierner currently serves as the President of Blackhawk Technical College returning to his home state where he began his career in higher education. Before taking on his role at Blackhawk Technical College, Dr. Pierner served as Henry Ford College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs in Dearborn, MI, Aiken Technical College’s Dean of Technical Education in Aiken, S.C., instructor in Engineering Technology at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Field Support Engineer at Rockwell Automation in their Milwaukee, Mequon, Appleton, and Cleveland, Ohio, facilities. Other experiences include engineering consultation with the Research & Engineering arm of Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Neenah, Wis., and serving in the Army Reserves. He holds a PhD in Technology Management - Manufacturing Systems from Indiana State University, a Master’s degree in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
President, Blackhawk Technical College
Chris Polzer is a two-time graduate of UW-Platteville, earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1988 and his master’s degree in guidance and counseling in 1992. He worked for over 25 years for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in various roles, including Equal Employment Opportunity Counselor, drug treatment specialist, certified hostage negotiator, and diversity management instructor. He is currently an Online Instructor of Criminal Justice at UW-Platteville. Chris has spent much of his time serving in his community.
He is currently an elected member of the Madison Area Technical College Board of Directors, Chairmen of Columbia County Board of Supervisors, and Village of Poynette Board of Trustees. He is also active with his alma mater; he has served on the UW-Platteville Alumni Association Board of Directors, providing guest lectures on campus, and participating in the Criminal Justice Career Day, among other activities. Of these accomplishments, Chris is most proud of his selection as the 2020 UWP LAE Commencement Speaker. Hewas recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2020.
District 17 Supervisor, Columbia County Board of Supervisors
Satya Rhodes-Conway is the 58th Mayor of Madison. She has extensive experience in local policy and practice, having worked with mayors across the country for over a decade, and serving three terms on the Madison Common Council. Elected in 2019, she is the city’s second female mayor and the first out LGBTQ person to serve as Mayor of Madison.
Mayor, City of Madison
Senior Vice President, Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank
President, Stark Company Realtors
Genia Stevens is the Founder and Executive Director of Rock County Jumpstart. She's also a Rock County Board Supervisor, representing District 13.
For over 23 years, Stevens has supported small businesses with strategic communications, strategic planning, business plan development, and organizational design.
In 1999, Stevens started her company Belwah Media, a communications and marketing firm, helping locally-owned businesses in the Beloit and Janesville area with developing traditional and digital marketing strategies designed to successfully scale their business. In 2019, she launched Belwah Strategy, a subsidiary of Belwah Media, a consulting firm that helps companies solve complex organizational challenges by employing an iterative, human-centric, hands-on approach.
From 2019 to 2022, Stevens served as the Entrepreneur in Residence for Madison College – Goodman South Campus. In this role, she provided business coaching for students, faculty, staff, and Dane County community members who wanted to start a business.
In January 2019, Stevens founded Rock County Jumpstart, a collaborative initiative designed to improve the likelihood of success of minority business owners in Rock County, WI. Jumpstart has a specific focus on providing culturally-competent, culturally-relevant, and culturally-sensitive services designed to address the specific and unique needs of Black business owners in Rock County.
In April 2019, Stevens was appointed to the Rock County Board of Supervisors. She was elected in April 2022 to serve a full term.
Stevens has served on numerous boards and committees, including the City of Beloit Equal Opportunities Commission, the Beloit NAACP Economic Development Committee, the Beloit NAACP Political Action Committee, the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools, Beloit Memorial High School’s Career Academy Master Planning Committee, the Beloit School District Strategic Planning Committee, and the Lt. Governor's Small Business Academy Planning Committee.
In 2020, Stevens was named one of Wisconsin’s Most Influential Black Leaders by Madison365. In 2021, Stevens was named a YWCA Rock County Woman of Distinction.
Founder and Executive Director, Rock County Jumpstart
Dr. Mark Thomas has served Madison College for the past decade, overseeing the college’s policy, strategy, finances, administration, and operations. He currently is the college’s Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President for Institutional Policy and Strategy. Prior roles at the college include Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, as well as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Administration.
Prior to working at the college, Dr. Thomas held executive leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in Chicago and southwestern Michigan for 20 years, serving in roles such as Chief of Staff, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Budget Director. He has lectured on finance and administration at the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Dr. Thomas holds a doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from Edgewood University; graduate certificate in Education Management from Harvard University; Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago; and Bachelor of Business Administration from Western Michigan University.
Dr. Mark Thomas
EVP, Chief of Staff, Madison College
Jason has worked in community and economic development for over a decade. Most recently, leading economic development for Amazon in the Central Midwest. His experience in economic development includes working with international businesses and governments on large-scale attraction and expansion projects, location advisory and economic development consulting, and in-house economic development services for two multi-national corporations. He has worked across market verticals, including manufacturing, food and beverage, utilities, automotive OEMs, and tech. His work in economic development has helped to create over 5,000 new jobs and over $10 billion in capital investment.
Manager, Economic Development, Amazon
Jeremy Wodajo provides comprehensive transactional guidance on business law, public finance and real estate matters. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other commercial transactions, including real estate and commercial loan transactions, corporate governance, insurance regulation and general corporate counseling. Jeremy's practice also includes health care transactions and public finance transactions as borrower's counsel. He provides these services while also serving as outside general counsel to companies ranging from early-stage startups to large privately held companies. As part of the firm's multidisciplinary Tax Credit team, Jeremy represents investors, developers, syndicators and other stakeholders in tax credit transactions, which includes experience reviewing and negotiating the loan/capitalization documents for these transactions.
Chris is the Chief Financial Officer at Promega Corporation in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Promega is one of the largest privately held Life Science Research companies in the world with revenues over $600 million and approximately 1,900 employees in over 15 countries. Promega manufactures over 2,500 products used by scientists worldwide to advance their knowledge in life science research. Chris joined Promega in 2006 and has been involved in all aspects of finance and accounting. While with Promega, Chris taught the mergers and acquisitions course for four years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the MBA program and was the President of the Board of Directors of Woods Hollow Children’s Center for four years. Prior to joining Promega, Chris worked for six years at Grant Thornton (public accounting firm) in Madison, Wisconsin. Chris is a Certified Public Accountant and has a bachelors and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Corporate Controller, Promega Corporation
Jim Yehle is President & CEO of Findorff, a privately-held General Contractor based in Madison, WI, with additional offices serving the greater Milwaukee and greater Wausau areas. Findorff has been building for over 130 years and employs nearly 1,000 construction professionals and tradespeople. Jim has been with Findorff for 22-years, graduating from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Construction Management in 1999. Throughout his tenure at Findorff, Jim has managed iconic projects such as the Overture Center for the Arts, American Family Children's Hospital and UW Health at the American Center. Jim went on to develop and lead the company's Healthcare sector before matriculating to company leadership in 2012 as an Owner. In 2016 Jim transitioned to the role of Executive Vice President and on January 1, 2020 started his term as President & CEO. Jim is passionate about serving as a volunteer leader in the community. He currently serves as a Member of the Overture Center for the Arts Board of Directors, Member of The Center for Black Excellence and Culture Capital Campaign Committee, Past Chairman of the UW Department of Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Advisory Board, and Member of the MadREP Board of Directors.
President, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
Karl Zarling serves as Jefferson County Supervisor for District 4, Watertown, an area comprised of both downtown commercial and residential, and suburban single family. Adjunct to this role Karl is a member of three other boards: Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium, Human Resources, and Law Enforcement and Emergency Management. A top producing, longtime WI Realtor, he additionally performs Operations for a high-end masonry firm, and has extensive experience in software management in Nashville, TN, along with other artistic and creative pursuits.
Karl has strong personal and professional vested interest in all things touching Jefferson and several nearby counties, and his two young sons make sure he stays active and grounded. He’s genuinely thankful for consideration to serve with MadREP toward strengthening economic development, partnerships, and opportunities in its reach.
District 4 Supervisor, Jefferson County Board of Supervisors