D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Leadership at Noon

Since 2002, the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership has collaborated with the Dahl School of Business to host a series of "brown bag" presentations featuring regional business leaders. The purpose of the series is to bring students and community members together for regular discussions about the values and virtues that inform successful business practices.  

The presentations are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch to the event. A limited number of box lunches are available for purchase.

2016-17 Leadership at Noon

Stacia King

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Stacia King, Regional Advertising Director & General Manager of the La Crosse Tribune
Ben BlackwellRegional Digital Advertising Director of the La Crosse Tribune
noon–1 p.m. 
Reinhart Center Board Room 107

Stacia King was named general manager and regional director of sales for the River Valley Media Group (RVMG) in August 2015 where she oversees sales and marketing strategy for three daily and seven weekly newspapers and websites in western Wisconsin and Minnesota. As a part of Lee Enterprises, RVMG is Western Wisconsin’s leading media company. King has built an impressive career in media strategy and development spanning over 20 years based on strong leadership and professional development. 

King is a recent member of the Dahl School of Business Advisory Board for Viterbo University in La Crosse. She was voted onto the Board of Directors of Volunteer Greater Jackson in April 2015. She was the executive coach for Michigan State University’s Sales Specialization Program in 2013 and 2014 and was selected to mentor an East Group Leadership 5.0 team in 2013 with team members in New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. King graduated from Ohio University in 1989 with a B.S. in journalism with an advertising specialization and graphic design and philosophy minors. She enjoys traveling, reading, art, swimming, and spending time with her family and friends. Especially her three nephews. Stacia and her husband Bryan recently finished renovating a mid-century modern home in La Crosse. 

Ben Blackwell

For the past year, Benjamin Blackwell has been serving as the digital sales director for the River Valley Media Group, western Wisconsin’s leading media company. At River Valley Media Group, Blackwell oversees the digital strategy and sales direction of three daily and seven weekly newspapers and websites in western Wisconsin and Minnesota. Blackwell has built an impressive resume of work in digital media development and sales over the past 15 years working with media companies such as EW Scripps, Lee Enterprises, and Journal Media Group. He is a results-oriented digital strategist and innovator with an extensive technical background who excels at uncovering his client’s needs, setting realistic expectations, and creating effective partnerships that produce long-term results while building profitable relationships. Blackwell, his wife and two children are enjoying living and working the La Crosse market. “I really love the La Crosse region. It’s full of so much natural beauty and the business here is really booming.”


Evan Dreger

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016

Evan Dreger, Milwaukee Bucks
noon–1 p.m.
Reinhart Center Board Room 107

Evan Dreger is a 2015 Viterbo University graduate where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Sport Management and a minor in marketing. While at Viterbo, Dreger was a four-year member of the men’s basketball team, and also participated in many school and community events in the La Crosse area. During his senior year Dreger secured an internship with the Coulee Region Chill hockey team where he finally got a taste of what it is like to work in sports along with being able to share ideas and see them become a reality. During the spring of 2015 Dreger was hired by the Milwaukee Bucks to begin a career in sports as a sales associate. After hitting his revenue goal for the 2015–16 season Dreger received a promotion into the marketing department with the title of marketing coordinator. He now works closely with the marketing team to develop new and exciting ways to sell tickets through promotions and giveaways. He also works to develop signage and collateral materials that are used on daily basis by collaborating with the graphic designers. Dreger will soon have the opportunity to contribute to a brand new arena and training center in the downtown Milwaukee area. During his free time he coaches an AAU boy's basketball team along with getting out for a few rounds of golf, supporting his local sports teams, and spending time on the Wisconsin waterways. Dreger now lives on the south side of Milwaukee with his girlfriend Justine as they get to enjoy all of what Milwaukee has to offer.


Pam Hartwell

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

Pam Hartwell, Executive Director of Hillview Urban Agriculture Center
noon–1 p.m.
Reinhart Center Board Room 107

Pam Hartwell was raised on a farm outside of La Crosse and has been working in nonprofits for 25 years in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California. Hartwell holds a master's degree in theological studies from San Francisco Theological Seminary, is a lifetime certified Master Gardener, and certified Artisan Cheesemaker. She returned to the area to reinvigorate some family farm land and has been the executive director for Hillview Urban Agriculture Center since September 2014. Hillview Urban Agriculture Center holds the mission of creating a healthy community through a local, sustainable, and accessible food system. 


Dyanne Brudos

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Dyanne Brudos, Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor of Bremer Wealth Management
Dale Walter, La Crosse President, South Central WI Region CEO of Bremer Bank
noon–1 p.m.
Reinhart Center Board Room 107

Dyanne Brudos grew up in La Crosse and graduated from Central High School.  She helped manage a family owned business before deciding to return to college as a single mother of two young boys.  She worked full time and completed her BA in Public Administration and Human Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1992 and later graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998. Brudos began her banking career in 1993 as Executive Assistant to the President of a small community bank.  She was offered higher levels of responsibility and within 8 years became Vice President at U.S. Bank.  Her responsibilities as a Private Banker included working with affluent clients to meet their banking and wealth management needs.  Dyanne moved to Bremer in 2014 and is focused on helping clients save and spend their money wisely as they plan for retirement, and their legacy.  Trust administration, fiduciary investment management, estate and business succession planning are primary responsibilities of Dyanne and the Bremer Wealth Management Team.   

Brudos is passionate about the greater La Crosse community and volunteers extensively.  She has served in leadership roles on a number of community capital campaigns including as Co-Chair of the 17 MM UWL Stadium renovation, 5 MM Greater La Crosse Area Boys & Girls Clubs Mathy Center, 3 MM Franciscan - Mayo Emergency Center addition. In 2015, Brudos and husband Roger Thornton served as Co-Chairs of the Great Rivers United Way 2 MM campaign.  Some of the Board responsibilities Brudos has assumed over the years include: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation, A.L.M. Charities, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, UW-La Crosse Self Sufficiency Program, Greater La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, and Great Rivers United Way. Among the awards Brudos has been given include: 2010 YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Woman in business, 2010 Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow – Service Award, 2012 Greater La Crosse Area Boys & Girls Club Wall Fame, 2015 Association of Fundraising Professionals - Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser.  Dyanne & Roger have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.  They enjoy boating, traveling and entertaining family and friends.  

Dale WalterDale Walter is the South Central WI Region CEO Bremer Bank.  He completed his BS in Agribusiness and Finance from Southwest Minnesota State University and completed a graduate degree from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.  Walter served as the Market President and Senior Vice President for Commercial Banking at Associated Bank from 2000 - 2012.  Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice President/Branch President at the State Bank of La Crosse.  Currently, he is responsible for growing all aspects of Bremer Bank in south central WI including La Crosse and Eau Claire. Opened loan production office January 2013. Full service bank opened July 2014 to serve the area with business, ag, consumer banking along with insurance and wealth management. Bremer is a privately held $10.0B regional financial services company jointly owned by its employees and the Otto Bremer Foundation (OBF). OBF uses its share of dividends to strengthen communities it serves by distributing charitable grants to Bremer bank communities. Headquartered in St. Paul, MN it has over 100 locations in WI, MN and ND.

Dale is actively involved in several community organizations within the La Crosse area. Currently, he serves as an advisory board member for the Salvation Army and Leading with Power.  He is also the Treasurer for Crossfire, Inc.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Carl Rick, Leadership Development Specialist of Kwik Trip
noon–1 p.m. 
Reinhart Center Board Room 107

Carl Rick grew up in Onalaska, WI and then attended UW-Platteville. After graduation he was a substitute teacher in the La Crosse area before teaching in his own middle school classroom for five years. In 2015, after an invitation, he decided to jump into the family business and played a large role in Kwik Trip’s email and text programs for a year. In 2016 he moved into the public relations department. There he provides a “kwik” look at Kwik Trip to various community groups and has the opportunity to train many of the new store leaders. His other duties at Kwik Trip include board activities, being the third generation spokesman, and other ownership responsibilities. Carl and his wife, Emily, reside outside of La Crosse, WI with their three children. In his spare time Carl enjoys just about any outdoor activity with his kids, especially time on the river log rolling.
 

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