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Nominees for MMAC Board of Directors
Chef Paul Bartolotta is the co-founder and owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants. Chef Bartolotta’s culinary skills have earned him numerous accolades, including two James Beard Awards. He and his brother, Joe, launched the company in 1993. Bartolotta graduated from the Restaurant and Hotel Management Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1980. His professional training began in New York City. Bartolotta traveled to Italy and trained in some of the country’s most prestigious restaurants. Bartolotta returned to New York to open San Domenico. He spent nine years as Executive Chef and Managing Partner of Spiaggia in Chicago and opened Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, at Wynn Las Vegas. Chef Bartolotta serves on the board of Bocuse d’Or, where the U.S. team in 2017 won the prestigious gold medal award for the first time. In 2019, he assumed the leadership role at The Bartolotta Restaurants upon the passing of his brother.
Steve Booth is president & CEO and a member of the board of directors of Baird Financial Group and affiliated entities including Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated. Steve joined Baird’s Investment Banking group in 1994, went on to lead its Industrial and Global M&A teams and, in 2004, became head of Investment Banking, a position he held until January 2014. Steve was named COO in 2013, became president & COO in 2014 and President & CEO in 2016.
Prior to joining Baird, Steve was at Kidder, Peabody & Co. in its Chicago Corporate Finance Office. He received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Southern Methodist University. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Water Council, the United Performing Arts Fund, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, and the Carmen School of Science and Technology. Steve also serves on the Executive Board of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at SMU, the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business at SMU, and the Board of Regents of the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Jim is president and CEO of Advocate Aurora Health. Previously, he served as president and CEO of Advocate Health Care, the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest in the Midwest, since 2002. He has been named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare for six consecutive years beginning in 2011. Advocate Health Care has been recognized as a national leader for its clinical successes, technological innovation, workplace culture and safety excellence. He is a former member and past chair of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Directors. Jim is a member of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s World Business Chicago Board of Directors and is a past chair of Chicago United as well as the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) CEOs Against Cancer and the World Presidents Organization. Additionally, he is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and a past chair of the Illinois Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees.
The directors who will be re-elected to another term are:
Kevin Anderson - Wisconsin Region CEO, Old National Bank
Kurt Bechthold - Chairman & CEO, Payne & Dolan
Jeff Bradford - Managing Partner-Wisconsin, Grant Thornton
Carla Cross - President & CEO, Cross Management Services, Inc.
Chad Cundiff - President, Astronautics Corporation of America
Jack Enea - Office Managing Partner, Husch Blackwell
Justin Frank - President & CEO, Frank Liquor Co.
Brian Grossman - Managing Director and Region Manager, Chase
Greg Marcus - President & CEO, The Marcus Corporation
John W. Mellowes - CEO, Charter Manufacturing Company
Ugo Nwagbaroacha - President, Diamond Discs International
Joel Quadracci - Chairman, President & CEO, Quad
Ajita Rajendra - Executive Chairman, A. O. Smith Corporation
Bernie Sherry - CEO, Ascension Wisconsin
Peggy Troy - President & CEO, Children’s Hospital and Health Systems, Inc.
Tom Westrick - Vice President & Chief Quality Officer, GE Healthcare