Bubbler Executive of the Week

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:59 am

Mike Boeder, vice president of child welfare services at Intergrated Family Services in Milwaukee

Name: Mike Boeder
Title: Vice president of child welfare services
Company: Integrated Family Services
Company address: 8901 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53222                                           
Company web site:
www.st-al.org
Industry:
Child welfare
Education:  MS in Community Mental Health & Administration, Trinity College
Family:  “My wife Kelly, and my sons Alec, 9 and Jake, who is almost six.”
Hobbies and Interests:  “History, reading, movies, politics, stock market, football, basketball, baseball, golf, archery and bowhunting, fishing, fashion, architecture, music and travel.”
Favorite book and/or movie:  “The Intellectual Devotional – American History”
Favorite musician/band:  Kings of Leon
Favorite place to visit/vacation:  Green Lake, WI
Favorite local restaurant:  Il Mito in Wauwatosa
Words to live by: "Seek first to understand, and then be understood."
What is your core philosophy for doing business?  “It’s important to maintain long-term vision while focusing daily energy on quick victories and successes.  However, within the day-to-day work, I stress the team concept by minimizing status differences, set examples through my personal behavior, encourage endless creativity to find solutions and most importantly … lighten up once in a while.”
Who is your role model and why?  “My parents; my father Jim for instilling mental discipline, toughness, work ethic and competition in me, and my mother Carolyn for her endearing grace, compassion, tolerance, kindness and her never-ending unselfishness – a true angel.”
What was the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?  “I fell out of my then girlfriend’s (now wife) parents’ canoe with both of us in it while trying to retrieve a fishing lure from an overhanging tree. I went in head first in an area that was entirely muck, weedy and infested with algae. Mind you, this was one of the first times I met her parents at their home.  Her father particularly enjoyed the moment, as we were forced to have dinner outside that evening, since I was full of algae and the smell was too strong to stay indoors.  I was supposed to "impress" my future wife with my fishing skill prior to dinner, but it didn’t exactly work out that way.  To top off the night, I had to wear my father-in-law’s clothes home, which was even more embarrassing than falling in the lake. Humility always has a way of finding us when we need it the most – even if we may not exactly want it sometimes.” 

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