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Jim Kacmarcik

Chairman and CEO
Kacmarcik Enterprises  | Grafton

Jim Kacmarcik joined the management team of Kapco Metal Stamping in 1985, assuming the second-generation of family leadership for the Grafton-based contract manufacturer of metal components. Today, the company has nearly 700 employees across its nine Wisconsin facilities. Kacmarcik is also chairman and chief executive officer of Kacmarcik Enterprises, an umbrella organization that includes Kapco, Advanced Coatings Inc., House of Harley Davidson, Forward Madison FC, Speedkore Performance Group, Given Entertainment, and several of Kacmarcik’s philanthropic initiatives. Kacmarcik is the owner of the new Milwaukee professional soccer team that will play at the Milwaukee Iron District – a project Kacmarcik has been working to bring to fruition for several years. Kacmarcik is also a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Education: Bachelor’s, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Favorite destination: “I recently went to Iceland with my family, and it was absolutely beautiful. One of the most stunning places I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to.”

What would you change about Wisconsin to make it better: “Mindset. Wisconsin really is a place of opportunity. If you have an idea or a vision, and the work ethic to bring it to life, it’s possible in this state. I think we naturally have kind of a little-brother mentality, where we’re constantly comparing ourselves to more populous states, but Wisconsin has everything you could ask for.”

Toughest business challenge you’ve ever faced: “When my dad passed away. … You’re never ready to lose the person who was the leader of a company and the person you learned the most from, but also your dad.”

Hobby/passion: “Spending time with my family, traveling and Milwaukee Bucks basketball.”

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