Ariens re-elected WMC chair

The Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) board of directors has re-elected Daniel Ariens, chairman and chief executive officer of Ariens Company in Brillion, to serve as chairman of the 3,500-member state chamber of commerce.

Arien’s re-election was announced at the WMC’s annual board meeting where Robert Kamphuis, chairman, president and CEO of Mayville Engineering Company Inc. was re-elected vice chair.

“WMC will advance a comprehensive policy agenda aimed at creating jobs in our state,” said WMC president and CEO Kurt Bauer. “Under Governor Scott Walker’s leadership and with the pro-business Legislature, our state has seen tremendous improvements in our business climate through tax cuts, regulation relief, lawsuit reform and much more. We need to continue this era of reform and push for even greater economic opportunity through pro-growth public policies.”

In addition, Tod Linstroth, senior partner and past member and chair of the management committee at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, was re-elected secretary; Gina Peter, CEO of Central States Commercial Banking and Wells Fargo Bank Wisconsin, was elected treasurer; Kurt Bauer was re-elected president and CEO; James Morgan was re-elected vice president; and Michael Shoys was re-elected senior vice president of WMC.

Others elected or re-elected to WMC’s 53-member board were:

•    Dr. Jeffrey Bailet, executive vice president, Aurora Health Care/president, Aurora Medical Group, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee
•    Randal Baker, COO, Joy Global, Milwaukee
•    Sidney (Skip) Bliss, president/CEO, Bliss Communications Inc., Janesville
•    Dr. Damond Boatwright, regional president/CEO of Hospital Operations, SSM Health Care of Wisconsin, Madison
•    Thomas Burke, president/CEO, Modine Manufacturing Company, Racine
•    Brad DeNoyer, CPA/partner, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, Madison
•    Gary Gigante, president/CEO, Waupaca Foundry Inc., Waupaca
•    Patricia Leonard Kampling, chairman/president/CEO, Alliant Energy Corporation, Madison
•    Clifford King, CEO, Skyward, Stevens Point
•    James Leef, president, ITU AbsorbTech Inc., New Berlin
•    Stephen Loehr, vice president, Kwik Trip Inc., La Crosse
•    J. R. Menard, executive vice president/treasurer, Menard Inc., Eau Claire
•    Paul Palmby, executive vice president/COO, Seneca Foods Corporation, Janesville
•    John Pfeifer, president, Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac
•    Aaron Powell, partner/chief strategy officer, Flexion Inc., Sun Prairie
•    Rajan Sheth, chairman/CEO, Mead & Hunt Inc., Madison
•    Glen Tellock, chairman/president/CEO, The Manitowoc Company Inc., Manitowoc
•    Dr. Susan Turney, CEO, Marshfield Clinic Health System Inc., Marshfield
•    S. Mark Tyler, president, OEM Fabricators Inc., Woodville
•    Michael Wallace, president/CEO, Fort HealthCare, Fort Atkinson

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