Sam Ballweg, Endres Manufacturing
"The Family Business Center has been invaluable as we work towards transitioning
the family business from one generation to the next. Endres Manufacturing Co. has
survived into the fourth generation, and with the help of FBC we hope to survive
several more. The opportunity to network and talk with other family businesses going
through the same challenges have been instrumental to our success."
Buckingham U. Badger (Bucky) is the official mascot of UW. Known as "the Badger
State" because of early lead miners, UW adopted the badger as their official mascot
in the late 1800s and Bucky has been the iconic symbol of a university that is consistently
ranked as one of the top public universities in the world.
As a member of the UW FBC you have access to the same resources that make the University
of Wisconsin-Madison a world class institution of higher learning.
Stephen DiTullio, Stuart Herro, Wrede Smith, Bryan Esch, DeWitt Ross & Stevens,
"It has been a privilege to be a part of the FBC since its beginning. Just as the
Center's membership has grown from year to year, the quality of the programming
continues to improve each year. It has been fun to get to know many outstanding
business owners and to witness the vibrancy and excellence which our members and
fellow sponsors have brought to the Center over the years."
The University of Wisconsin is home to over 40,000 students from all 50 states,
every county in Wisconsin and all over the world. This next generation will enter
the workforce amongst over 350,000 living alumni.
The Memorial Union terrace is a fixture for social gatherings by UW and Madison
residents. The 'Terrace' provides for "the communal life of instructors and students
in work, in play, and in social relations."
The community of the UW FBC is as diverse as the people who visit the 'Terrace'.
Since 1996, hundreds of family businesses have chosen to join the FBC in industries
ranging from construction to retail to health care. The size of member companies
also varies widely--from a handful of employees to more than 6,000.
Neil Fauerbach, Smith & Gestland
"As founding sponsors of the Family Business Center, we are proud of the progress
the center has made and the growth of the resources available to our clients. As
consultants to family businesses, we are always looking for opportunities to help
our clients flourish. The FBC provides not only a great source of knowledge and
ideas in the programs, it provides a safe place for members to share ideas, challenges,
and best practices."
Bascom Hall, named for University president John Bascom (1874), was originally named
Main Hall. It now houses the offices of the chancellor, vice chancellors, and other
leaders of UW.
The Fluno Center
Designed exclusively as an educational learning facility, the Fluno Center connects
the resources of the University with the professional community. The beautiful interior,
reflecting the Arts and Crafts style, includes and auditorium, classrooms, meeting
and conference space, overnight guest rooms, dining, fitness room and a study pub.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Financial Times of London has ranked
the Fluno Center in the top 2 worldwide for food and accommodations for custom programs.
The UW Family Business Center is proud to call the Fluno Center home.
Grainger Hall is the home of the Wisconsin School of Business. Opened in 1993, with
an addition for the MBA program (including the Executive and Evening MBAs) in 2008,
Grainger is a state of the art facility that helps to foster a sense of comunity
among the students and faculty of the Wisconsin School of Business. The School of
Business consistently ranks as one of the top programs in the nation. According
to BusinessWeek, 14 of the CEOs at S&P 500 companies hold undergraduate degrees
from the University of Wisconsin, putting UW in a tie with Harvard for first place.
Sverre Roang, Whyte Hirschboeck & Dudek
“The Family Business Center surprises me at nearly every turn, bringing unique insights
to businesses and the families who own them. It is a critical resource that allows
us to take the time out of a hectic day-to-day schedule to take a broader view and
focus on structural, strategies, and long term issues in a welcoming and supportive
environment. I would strongly and unequivocally recommend the Center to any family
Patrick Ryan, Ryan Brothers Ambulance
“We have found the UW Family Business Center invaluable as we have taken over the
operations of our second generation family business. The FBC provides us with the
opportunity to learn about the specific and unique aspects of a family business,
as well as interact with others who meet the same everyday challenges that we experience.
There is no other resource anywhere that can provide us with the vital information
and networking opportunities which help us strengthen both our family and our business.”
John W. Westphal, Westphal & Co., Inc.
“The UW Family Business Center is led by bright people who are passionate about helping family businesses become more professional businesses. Since becoming a member, I have taken advantage of the insightful advice given by expert presenters, as well as additional guidance and reference material from FBC staff. I have also learned how much I did not know about family businesses. I encourage anyone who is committed to their family business to learn more about the UW Family Business Center.”
Eric Schwartz, Sara Investments
“The Family Business Center is a wonderful place to listen and learn what we really
are all going through in today’s business world.”