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S.R. Mills

Real Estate and Development | Real Estate
CEO
Bear Real Estate Group | Kenosha

S.R. Mills is chief executive officer of Kenosha-based Bear Real Estate Group, a family of companies that includes Bear Commercial, Bear Homes, Bear Capital, Bear Development, Bear Property Management and CMA-Construction Management Associates. Bear Development has been involved with the acquisition and development of residential, multifamily, hospitality, retail, office and industrial projects throughout southeastern Wisconsin and outside the state. Earlier this year, Bear Development and Kacmarcik Enterprises announced plans for Iron District MKE, a $160 million sports and entertainment development in downtown Milwaukee that would include an 8,000-seat soccer stadium.

Education: Bachelor’s, St. Cloud State University; master’s Roosevelt University

Hobby/passion: “Gardening, snowboarding, hunting, wake surfing, fishing, but first and foremost my wife and kids. Anything I do with them is the most important.”

Career advice: “When you think you’re exhausted, can’t go any further and need to stop, that’s likely half as far as you can really go.”

Book you think everyone should read: “‘Never Split the Difference’ by Chris Voss – unless we’re on the opposite end of a negotiation. Then I suggest any book but that.”

Business leaders you would like to have dinner with: “Sam Zell and Peter Theil. They’re both contrarians that stick to their business principles, regardless of criticism.”