Bravo! Entrepreneur and I.Q. (INNOVATION QUOTIENT) Awards

This prestigious awards program, a main stage event at the annual BizExpo, celebrated the region’s most creative and innovative entrepreneurs as well as innovative products, services or processes developed by Southeastern Wisconsin companies. Prior to the awards program, the event featured a luncheon and robust dialogue among entrepreneurs and innovators who shared their stories – and lessons learned along the way.

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The path from startup to industry leader

Valerie Daniels-CarterLifetime Achievement Award Winner:
Valerie Daniels-Carter, V&J Foods

Join us to celebrate the entrepreneurs and business innovators whose ideas and hard work make the Milwaukee region a better place. BizTimes’ Bravo! Entrepreneur and I.Q. Awards honor the region’s most creative and successful entrepreneurs, as well as the most innovative products, services or processes developed by Southeastern Wisconsin companies.

This year’s Bravo! Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award winner and featured speaker is Dr. Valerie Daniels-Carter, President/CEO – V & J Holding Companies, Inc.

Daniels-Carter will participate in a Q&A with BizTimes Milwaukee editor Andrew Weiland to discuss her entrepreneurial journey and provide insights on how to grow a startup venture into an industry leader.

In 1982 Valerie Daniels-Carter and her brother, John, started V&J Foods, with a single Burger King restaurant location. Daniels-Carter, the president and CEO of Milwaukee-based V&J, grew the business significantly over the years. Within 16 years V&J had 137 restaurants under multiple brands. Today the business has units under several brands including Burger King, Pizza Hut, Auntie Anne’s, Coffee Beanery, Haagen-Dazs, My Yo My! Fozen Yogurt, Nino’s Southern Sides and Captain D’s. V&J is the largest female-owned food service franchise organization in the country.

Dr. John Raymond Sr., Medical College of WisconsinRegional Spirit Award Winner:
Dr. John Raymond Sr., Medical College of Wisconsin

During the COVID-19 pandemic Dr. John Raymond Sr., president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been a crucial source of information providing frequent updates about the virus to help area executives adjust their business plans during this turbulent year.

Event Details

Thursday, August 20, 2020

12:30 – 1:45 PM

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