Mon, 23 June 2014
The Rotary Club of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Press Club presented a joint breakfast program featuring Marc Lasry, new co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, on Monday, June 23. Lasry and business partner Wesley Edens recently acquired the Bucks from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl for $550 million. Lasry is the chairman, chief executive officer and a co-founder of Avenue Capital Group. Founded in 1995, Avenue is a global investment firm with over $13 billion of assets under management. Avenue maintains its headquarters in New York with offices in London, Luxembourg, Munich and throughout Asia.
Lasry was interviewed by a panel of Milwaukee journalists at the breakfast:
Wed, 18 June 2014
The expansion of the Wisconsin Center, along with the potential development of an entertainment district that connects it to a new arena, have been much discussed recently in the local media. Rotarian Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee, discusses the conclusions of the recent study commissioned by VISIT Milwaukee and the WCD that examined the Milwaukee market and the feasibility of expanding the Wisconsin Center. He also discusses trends in new convention center expansions and why energizing the area around the Wisconsin Center is important to attracting more convention business.
Direct download: Rotary_6.17.14_-_Paul_Upchurch_-_Wiconsin_Center_Expansion_Study.mp3
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Tue, 10 June 2014
This vocational award recognizes individuals who, through their profession, have made the community a better place to live and work. Their contributions may have been in the form of important leadership activities or in the advancement of ideas, products or services.
Nan Gardetto is the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Baptista's Bakery, a Franklin-based company with 375 employees that was recognized in 2013 by the Wisconsin Business Journal as one of southeastern Wisconsin's fastest growing firms. Recently, Snyder's-Lance, the snack manufacturer that produces Snyder's of Hanover pretzels, announced it entered into a letter of intent to acquire Baptista's Bakery for $195 million.
From 1975 to 1999 Nan served as executive vice president of Gardetto's Bakery, Inc., a family business her grandfather founded as an Italian bakery in 1932. The family sold Gardetto's Bakery to General Mills in 1998 after tremendous growth. Immediately following the sale, Nan started Baptista's Bakery in the former Gardetto's Franklin facility, keeping the new venture in Southeastern Wisconsin. In 2012, the company invested $75,000,000 in an approximately 125,000 square-foot expansion to the existing Franklin production facility.
Nan is an entrepreneur, who, while having opportunities to start a company elsewhere, chose to remain in Southeastern Wisconsin. Through innovation, leadership and determination, she expanded the enterprise and made Southeastern Wisconsin a better place to live and work.
Direct download: Rotary_6.10.14_-_Nan_Gardetto_-_Rotary_Person_of_the_Year.mp3
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Tue, 3 June 2014
History scholar David Black will present on the alliance between Australian Socialist Prime Minister John Joseph Curtin and General Douglas MacArthur, which paved the way for the defeat of Japan to end World War II. Mr. Black is currently an advisor to the West Australian Parliament in Perth, West Australia. He taught Australian history and politics for over 30 years at Curtin University in Perth and is a historical consultant for the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library. This is the first of several programs presented by Mr. Black during MacArthur Memorial Week, June 3-7, 2014.
Direct download: Rotary_6.3.14_-_David_Black_-_MacArthur_Memorial_Week.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm EST