Wangard Partners Inc.
Industry: Real estate
“Don’t be afraid to ask.”
“There’s really two bits of advice I try to follow. The first bit of advice that I received from a very successful individual is, don’t be afraid to ask, because the worst thing that could happen is somebody tells you ‘no.’ And so, I think throughout my career I’ve not been afraid to ask questions, whether it was in the government sense, raising money or whatever – just don’t be afraid to ask.
“The second bit of advice is you can agree to disagree. And you can do it in a professional manner. You may agree to disagree today, but tomorrow you may agree on another item. But if you burn that bridge, you probably won’t agree in the future on another item. So, those are two approaches I try to implement in my professional career and also in my personal (life) as well.”
Professional experience: Moroney graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and from the University of Iowa College of Law. He worked at the Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee, including as executive director. He was then an attorney at DeWitt Ross & Stevens LLC until he became deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 2011. He then worked for former Gov. Scott Walker as a senior advisor and deputy chief of staff before becoming strategic economic initiatives director for Wisconsin, where he oversaw the Foxconn project, in 2017.
In the news: Moroney was recently promoted to the role of president of Wangard. After joining the firm in January 2019 as chief operating officer and general counsel, Moroney is now part of the firm’s leadership team that also includes Stu Wangard, chief executive officer and chairman of the board, and Burton Metz, president of investment and acquisitions. Moroney also sits on the newly created board of directors, along with Wangard, Metz and vice president of accounting and tax Kyle Dieringer.