Ford honors award-winning alum, students at MMAC
Best-selling author Sara Shepard once wrote: "It's not bragging if it's true." University of Wisconsin-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford was not bragging when she praised our "exceptional students and alumni" before Metropolitan Milwaukee Associate of Commerce (MMAC) members on Thursday, Sept. 13, because it's true. And she brought the proof along to back up that statement.
Ford spoke during the MMAC Future 50 Luncheon at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Before introducing the event's "Fastest 5," the five new companies with the fastest revenue and employment growth, she introduced UW-Parkside students Katrina Neveri and Will Cray to the 700 business leaders gathered for the program. The Chancellor noted that both Neveri and Cray are business students and that they are involved in the operation of UW-Parkside's very active Small Business Development Center.
Her "exceptional students and alumni" statement was further corroborated by one of the "Fastest 5" businesspeople she introduced. Ford welcomed James Kettinger, Engendren Corporation owner and UW-Parkside graduate, to the podium. Ford said Kettinger's company, which designs and builds industrial radiators, is the most diverse of any major manufacturer, with its radiators being used on everything from commercial buses to emergency power equipment.The Future 50 recognizes privately-owned companies in the seven-county Milwaukee region that have been in business for at least three years and have shown significant revenue and employment growth. UW-Parkside sponsored the luncheon along with Findorff and Northwestern Mutual.