Catherine Jacobson, FHFMA, CPA
Todd Adams is president and CEO of Rexnord, a diversified industrial company with annual revenues of $2.1 billion and 7,400 associates worldwide. Adams has held this position since 2009 and also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Adams joined Rexnord in 2004 and he previously served as president of the company’s Water Management platform, the senior vice president & chief financial officer and vice president – controller & treasurer. Prior to Rexnord, he held various senior financial roles with The Boeing Company, APW Ltd., Applied Power and IDEX. Adams earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Eastern Illinois University and is a certified public accountant.
Paul Grangaard has been president and CEO of Allen Edmonds Corporation since September 2008. Over the past four years, he has led a major turnaround from declining fortunes due to the Great Recession, long-term changes in men’s business-wear fashions, product mis-hits and leveraged financial duress. Prior to Allen Edmonds, Paul spent three years as a partner at Goldner Hawn Private Equity, 19 years in consumer investment banking and senior leadership positions at Piper Jaffray Incorporated, and 6 years at First Chicago Corporation in Chicago and Frankfurt, Germany,
Paul served as chair of the Minnesota Orchestra Board of Directors, on the Board of Family & Children’s Services of Minneapolis, two elected terms on the Edina Board of Education finishing as chair. He is currently also becoming involved on a committee of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He graduated with a B.A. in economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.
Catherine Jacobson is President and CEO of Froedtert Health. Froedtert Health is a regional health care system consisting of three hospitals, a community-based medical group and a variety of health care joint ventures. The flagship hospital, Froedtert Hospital, is also the primary adult teaching affiliate of the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Cathy joined Froedtert Health in 2010 as the executive vice president of finance and strategy, chief financial officer and chief strategy officer. She was appointed president of the health system in July 2011, and assumed the additional role of CEO in July 2012.
Prior to Froedtert Health, Cathy spent 22 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in a variety of roles, including CFO of Rush’s health plan and chief compliance officer for the health system. Cathy served as the voluntary national chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) during the 2009-10 term. She currently serves on the UW Milwaukee College of Health Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Chicago Network, an organization for women executives.
Cathy is a Fellow of HFMA and a Certified Public Accountant. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Scott Mayer is president and CEO of QPS Employment Group, Inc. (QPS). Scott founded the firm in 1985 in his parents’ basement with only $5,000. Under his leadership, QPS has grown from one office and two employees to more than 30 offices in the Midwest with a staff of 225+ internal employees. QPS works with more than 5,000 associate (temporary) employees on a weekly basis.
QPS is the largest independently owned staffing firm in the state of Wisconsin. Scott also owns SPiN Milwaukee, a premier ping-pong nightclub in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. Scott’s other passion is racing. He is currently a driver for Starworks Motorsports Race Team. He ran in the 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2008, 2011 and 2012. He raced in the Indy Racing League from 2002 to 2005.
Scott is past president of the Wisconsin Association of Staffing Services (WASS) and is also on the Board of Regents for Wisconsin Lutheran College. Scott helped build Grace Church in downtown Milwaukee.
Cory Nettles is the founder and managing director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc.(GCC), a Wisconsin-based private equity fund. GGC is focused on buyout transactions and providing growth capital to small business and low middle market companies. Nettles also is of counsel at Quarles & Brady LLP. Nettles recently served as Governor Jim Doyle’s Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.
Nettles currently serves as a board member for several organizations, including Weyco Group, Inc., Robert W. Baird's Baird Funds, Inc., the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Partners Advancing Values in Education, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Usher’s New Look Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center among others.
Nettles graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI (1992), and the University of Wisconsin-Madison law school (1996). He has received several awards and distinctions including the Thomas J. Watson Fellow for post graduate research in Africa and the former Soviet Union. Nettles was named a “Wisconsin Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2007”.
Todd Teske is chairman, president & CEO of Briggs & Stratton Corporation. Previous positions in the company include president & chief operating officer from September 2008 to January 2010, and EVP and chief operating officer from September 2005 to September 2008. Prior to joining Briggs & Stratton, Todd worked at Arthur Andersen where he served clients ranging from small businesses to international conglomerates; led and performed several merger investigations and was involved in many public equity and debt offerings.
Todd earned his BBA (accounting) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and his MBA from Northwestern University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the board of directors of Badger Meter, Inc., Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc., Lennox International, Inc., MRA – The Management Association, Wisconsin Manufacturer’s & Commerce, OPEI - Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Greater Milwaukee Committee and is on the Board of Trustees for the Manufacturers Alliance and is on the Business Advisory Board for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh College of Business.