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David Lubar

Banking and Finance
President and CEO
Lubar & Co.  |  Milwaukee

David Lubar leads Lubar & Co., the Milwaukee-based private investment firm his father, Sheldon Lubar, founded in 1977. David has been with the business, which invests in middle-market operating companies, since 1983. In 2021, he was named chairman of Ixonia Bancshares, the holding company for Ixonia Bank. Lubar has sat on the boards of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, BMO Financial Corp., Baird Funds Inc., the Milwaukee Brewers, Froedtert Health, and other nonprofit organizations.

Education: Bachelor’s, Bowdoin College; MBA, University of Minnesota

Career advice: “‘Think for yourself and trust your own judgement.’”

Favorite destination: “Hanging out on the shore of Lake Michigan in Oostburg, just 40 minutes north of Milwaukee. We read, relax, play games and have outdoor fires.”

Toughest business challenge you’ve ever faced: “I have been involved in the start-up of several businesses, beginning with writing the business plan. It is far more challenging to start a company that has no history, no employees, customers, suppliers, infrastructure, than it is to take a going concern and double or triple its revenues. I have had successes like Lake Express ferry and failures which are no longer in business.”

What would make Wisconsin better: “Wisconsin does not have a statewide initiative or referendum process which, with the signed support of a sufficient number of Wisconsin citizens, would allow for a statewide vote to determine passage of a new law or repeal of an existing law.”