Wisconsin Business Advisory Board

Wisconsin Business Advisory Board


Doug Biggs (MBA ’11)
VP - Sales and Marketing  Gilman USA

Doug Biggs is Vice President Sales/Marketing with Gilman Precision in Grafton, Wisconsin.  Additionally Mr. Biggs serves as an Alderman in the City of Port Washington, Wisconsin, acting as the Chairman of the Marketing and Communications Committee and the Vice Chairman of the Finance and Licensing Committee.
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Ismael “Ish” Cardenas (MBA ’09)
Regional Manager  Catholic Financial Life

Ismael Cardenas is a Regional Manager at Catholic Financial Life focusing on organically growing the organization’s membership and agency. Cardenas started in 2005 with the organization as an advisor where he helped individuals and businesses protect their families, assets and future by providing financial solutions to their worries. In 2006, Cardenas captured a total of eight awards. This has been the largest number of awards any recipient has received since 1958 when the career agency system was created. A few of the awards given were 2006 Top Rookie, Career Representative Life Productivity, 100 Lives Club, etc. Approximately three years later, Cardenas was promoted to District Manager were he coached and mentored other advisors. In 2010 he was recognized with the Most New Members Award, the Director’s Club which honors exceptional sales throughout the course of the year and he received the Silver Production Award and Quality Service Award from the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors (NAFIC). In 2012 he earned the President’s Field Manager Award for exceeding the company’s goals. (read more)

Armand Carriere
Retired  New England Resource Center for Higher Education

Armand Carriere is currently an independent consultant specializing in campus-community partnerships. He recently completed an appointment as a Visiting Fellow for Campus-Community Partnerships with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE)at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Prior to affiliating with NERCHE Mr.Carriere was the founding Director of the Worcester, MA UniverCity Partnership,a unique collaboration among the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, the City of Worcester,and the business community. The purpose of the collaboration was to leverage the economic, intellectual, and social resources of the colleges on behalf of the greater Worcester community. Mr. Carriere assumed this role after retiring from the Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for University Partnerships. In this capacity Mr. Carriere was responsible for the annual awarding of over $30 million in grants to colleges and universities, fulfilling the mission of HUD’s primary vehicle to encourage and expand the efforts of colleges seeking to make a difference in their host communities. (read more)

Lori Craig (BSBA ’92, MSM ’09) - Board Chair
Senior Vice President  PNC Wealth Management

As senior Vice President and Market Executive, Lori Craig oversees the client’steam of wealth management professionals, striving to achieve the highest levels of client satisfaction. Her top priority is that the team not only meets, but also exceeds the client’s expectations. Through Craig’s leadership and commitment, she ensures that clients benefit from a full complement of investment, trust, financial planning and private banking services to help them achieve their financial goals.Lori Craig joined PNC in July 2010 as the Market Executive for Wisconsin. Prior to joining PNC Craig was Senior Vice President and Wealth Strategist with Northern Trust in Milwaukee. She has over 25 years of experience in the Financial Services industry, with 12 years of experience specifically in Wealth Management. (read more)

Al Durtka (LHD ’08)
President  International Institute of Wisconsin

Alexander P. Durtka, Jr., is the President and CEO of the International Institute of Wisconsin, the Executive Vice President of the Friends of the International Institute of Wisconsin, and the Editor of Viltis Magazine. He is also the State Coordinator for Wisconsin Sister Cities International, a member of the Governance Committee of Sister Cities International, Secretary of the Consular Corps of Wisconsin and Chair of the Governance Committee of GlobalTies. (read more)

Audrey Edwards
Social Media Specialist - Destination Kohler  Kohler Co. Hospitality & Real Estate

Audrey Edwards is the Social Media Specialist for Destination Kohler, Kohler Company's Hospitality and Real Estate Division. Audrey manages all social media efforts for The American Club Resort, Championship Golf Courses Whistling Straits & Blackwolf Run, and the Kohler Waters Spa. This involves creating the social media strategy as well as executing the day-to-day social media tactics for each of these properties across a variety of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,Pinterest, and a blog. (read more)

Dave Grunwaldt (BSBA ’01)
Quad Graphics

Grunwaldt’s background in the printing industry is broad. He began his career with an accounting degree serving in disciplines of inventory control, payables, fixed assets, and cost accounting eventually evolving into the company’s first divisional controller. After receiving a business management degree from Cardinal Stritch University and performing a cultural assessment during his capstone course on Quad/Graphics,among various Lean manufacturing, strategic planning, and leadership development certifications, the company has provided him with various appointments. These appointments have been project and change management orientated, targeted on product development and market development opportunities that past 15 years. Grunwaldt prides himself in being able to take the markets point of view while leveraging the vast era that Quad/Graphics can provide the multi-channel media industry of today.

Eve Hall (PhD ’09)
CEO/President  African American Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Eve M. Hall, a leader and advocate, experienced in education, non-profit, and government sectors, has established her imprint locally and nationally. She has earned a reputation as a “builder” and one who inspires and demonstrates the power of strong programs and partnerships to create change and opportunities that positively impact the lives of others. She presently serves as the President/CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she is leading the renewal of the organization. (read more)

Tina Koehn (MBA ’02, PhD ’10)
VP of Administration  UMOS

Dr. Tina Koehn has over 20 years of experience managing and overseeing workforce development, economic development and social service initiatives. Her career includes working in a leadership position with the Private Industry Council of Milwaukee County, Inc., which provided her with first-hand experience serving a Workforce Development Board and understanding the needs of its members and stakeholders. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Koehn had involvement in the establishment and oversight of one of the nation’s first one-stops. Her experience includes innovation in workforce development programs as well as the leveraging of resources through systems integration. (read more)

Marlene Lauwasser
Retired  Cardinal Stritch University & Institute for Professional Development

Marlene Lauwasser has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Wisconsin and has completed master’s work in management and counseling. She is a retired Vice President with the Institute for Professional Development, an educational consulting firm that consults with private colleges and universities around the country. Marlene’s direct responsibilities included the oversight of the marketing and promotional activities for the College of Business and Management at Cardinal Stritch University throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. She served in this role for 25 years and then became Director of Planned Giving and Major Gifts at Stritch for two years before her retirement in June of 2010. (read more)

Barbara Logan (PhD ’14)
Director of School Services and Training – The Efficacy Institute

Barbara M. Logan is the Vice President of the Efficacy Institute. She brings 17 years of dedication and education experience ranging from classroom, to administration at the K-8 school level, and professional development and execution support services for teachers, principals, and superintendents. (read more)

Bryan Ott (MBA ’13)
Consultant – Business Process Management for Claim Legal and Specialized Services - The Travelers Companies

As a member of the Business Process Management team at Travelers Insurance Companies,Bryan Ott focuses on analyzing business needs and improving operational standards for the Claim Legal and Specialized Services business units. Additional responsibilities include ad-hoc project management, annual budget allocation, and strategic sourcing operations. (read more)

Michelle Piepenburg (BA ’15)
Student  Cardinal Stritch University

Michelle Piepenburg is currently an undergraduate business management student with an emphasis on human resources. She is in her third year of attending Cardinal Stritch University, and sees her participation on the Business Advisory Board as a great opportunity to take her learning and engagement to the next level. (read more)

Omar Shaikh (BA ’00)
Owner – SURG Restaurant Group

A graduate of Cardinal Stritch University, Omar Shaikh provides Milwaukee residents and visitors with exceptional dining experiences as partner of SURG Restaurant Group.With a passion for fine dining and outstanding service, Shaikh has helped evolve and revitalize Milwaukee’s food scene at his establishments, including Carnevor,Umami Moto, Triple Bar Bistro, Ryan Braun’s Graffito and 8-Twelve. Constantly pushing the envelope and developing new tastes with his head chefs, Shaikh delivers quality and consistency with every bite. (read more)

Tony Shields (BA ’87, MSM ’09)
Executive Director/CEO – United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee

In his role as Executive Director, Tony serves as UNCOM’s Chief Executive Officer and leads all aspects of administration, operations, programs, fundraising and services for the Milwaukee non-profit organization. (read more)

Stephen Smiley
VP – Operations - DeltaHawk Engines, Inc.

Stephen Smiley is part of an executive team of a pre-revenue company that created a small, lightweight and elegantly simple diesel engine for the aviation industry.Stephen has expertise in creating operation vision and implementing strategies to support the vision. Stephen has responsibility for overseeing operations for Delta Hawkin Racine Wisconsin and a JV in China. (read more)

Jeffrey Speller (MBA ’13)
Operations Manager – Boyle Fredrickson

Jeffrey Speller is an electrical engineer from Tennessee State University in Nashville with an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. He was raised in Chicago and moved to Milwaukee in 1997 as a plant manager with Tower Automotive. He joined the board of the Milwaukee Urban League and soon thereafter the board of the Milwaukee Urban League Academy of Business and Economics. Jeffrey then became the VP-General Manager of Operations for a minority owned Automotive Stamping plant in Lansing, Michigan.While maintaining residence in Wisconsin he continued serving on the Urban League boards. After accepting a role with General Electric Medical Systems as Global Supply Chain Manager of Americas X-Ray manufacturing Jeffrey joined the advisory board of LEAPS School (Legal Education And Public Service) of Washington High School and the advisory committee of the new Bradley Tech High School commission. (read more)

Michael Steger (ASB ’97, BSM ’99, MBA ’05)
VP & Chief Operating Officer  Waukesha Metal Products

Michael Steger brings strategic focus, vision and implementation skills gained during a successful manufacturing career guiding business operations including budgeting,forecasting, optimal utilization of equipment and personnel, development of new customer relationships, and sales and engineering promotion to generate sustained positive results. Michael’s understanding of technical requirements unique to manufacturing and operational flow enable him to analyze needs and quickly develop implementation plans to facilitate operational growth. Michael’s more than 25 years of progressive experience has enabled him to impact profitability and growth objectives for organizations for which he has served. (read more)

Jing Wang
Restaurateur - Owner – Jing’s

Jing Wang is the owner and operator of Jing’s, a Chinese restaurant located in Milwaukee,Wisconsin’s Third Ward. The business opened in 2007 and has been a popular place to dine for a diverse group of professionals, international community members and local city leaders. Wang built the business after coming to the United States from China. Upon her arrival in the U.S. in 2000, Wang first studied English at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She then worked with the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation and the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) to develop a business plan and a pathway for success in America. (read more)

Mark Gesner (Ph.D. ’13)
Faculty Chair, Community Engaged Learning and Leadership
College of Business and Management
Cardinal Stritch University
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Dr. Mark Gesner is the Faculty Chair of Community Engaged Learning and Leadership in Cardinal Stritch University’s College of Business and Management. He designs and teaches courses regarding organizational development, leadership and cross cultural management. Along with his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Gesner oversees the school’s business student internship program, leads international education seminars, and works closely with the school’s Dean and advisory board members to develop strategic leadership initiatives and foster community-campus partnerships. He is the host of the university’s Business Leaders with a Conscience Speakers Series in which successful alumni return to campus to discuss how their leadership approaches align with their values. (read more)

John Gunyon, PhD
Associate Dean, Undergraduate School
College of Business and Management
Cardinal Stritch University
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Dr. John Gunyon is an Associate Dean in the College of Business and Management at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His Doctorate of Philosophy is in Organization and Management, focused on Leadership Development through Mentoring.He has previously served as the Instructional Chair of Social and Business Sciences at Heartland Community College in Bloomington/Normal, Illinois, and an Assistant Professor of Business at Aurora University in Aurora Illinois. His graduate research focused on Community Outreach Models for Corporate Responsibility.
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