Tuesday 12 April 2016

2016 Champions of Business Keynote Speaker Announced by Junior Achievement

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Wausau, WI –Three more outstanding area business leaders who helped shape our area’s economy in past years will be honored this spring at the eighth annual Champions of Business Dinner established by Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. - Northcentral District. A panel of independent judges selected the Fromm Brothers, John Slayton and David Smith as the 2016 honorees. In addition to honoring these visionary businessmen, Bart Starr, Jr. will be joining the celebration as the 2016 Champions of Business keynote speaker.

Bart Starr, Jr., was born October 6, 1957 in Green Bay, WI as the oldest son of former Green Bay Packer quarterback and coach, Bart Starr, and his wife, Cherry Starr.

Following his graduation from the University of Alabama in 1980 and University of Alabama School of Law in 1983, Starr founded Performance Futures, a firm designed to be a bridge between speculative investors and professional managers in the commodity futures markets. The firm eventually became Starr Enterprises and advises approximately 500 individual investors. Starr, Jr. continues with financial consulting and wealth management for a small number of athletes and businessmen.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Bart Starr, Jr. is known for his philanthropic efforts, which align with Junior Achievement’s commitment to excellence in ethics and mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. He is a supporter of numerous charities benefiting youth and education, such as Rawhide Boys Ranch, the non-profit founded by his father in 1965 to provide residential programs for at-risk adolescent boys.

Bart Starr, Jr. witnessed first hand the perseverance, leadership, and character that made his father a champion both on and off the field. Mr. Starr plans on sharing the valuable lessons he learned growing up as the son of a Super Bowl champion, Most Valuable Player, NFL Hall of Famer, and famous philanthropist. Join us for the eighth annual Champions of Business to learn what it takes to have “The Heart of a Champion”.

A dinner on Thursday, May 12 at the City Grill of Jefferson Street Inn will honor the Fromm Brothers, John Slayton, and David Smith and celebrate the contributions to the Wausau area business community. Tickets to the eighth annual event are on sale at Junior Achievement of North Central Wisconsin (715.842.1056) or online at  www.championsofbusiness.org. Individual tickets and table sponsorships are available.

Bart Starr, Jr. will join the list of prestigious speakers that have shared their knowledge and inspired attendees at the past Champions of Business events. Past keynote speakers include Dwight Davis, Melanie Holmes, Herman Cain, Dick Johnson, William Hsu, Kevin Hermening, and Dave Skogen.

Title sponsor for The 2016 Champions of Business Dinner is Ruder Ware. Reception sponsor is Integrity First Bank. Other sponsors include E.O. Johnson Business Technologies, Peoples State Bank, The Samuels Group, and Greenheck. All proceeds from the event will go to the local Junior Achievement district office, which provides business and economic education programs to area schools.

More than 10,589 Northcentral District Kindergarten through 12th grade students participate in JA’s experiential learning programs, which focus on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and workplace readiness. Critical to the success of JA’s approach is the use of community volunteers who use their own job and life experiences to bring the curriculum to life. Ethics, as it relates to business, has always been taught as part of the Junior Achievement curriculum.

The purpose of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Today, Junior Achievement reaches more than 166,000 Wisconsin students annually and ten million students worldwide.