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Small Business Summit - Keynote Speakers

Small Business Summit Keynote Speakers, Think Bigger, Speak Bolder, Perform Better


 
PAUL NORTHWAY, President & CEO of American National Bank

PAUL NORTHWAY, President & CEO of American National Bank

Paul Northway is President and CEO of American National Bank. He joined the company in 2013 as part of a succession plan for key executives who were retiring. In his current role, Paul is responsible for setting the strategic direction as well as protecting the culture of the local business bank. Paul is also a member of the bank’s board of directors.

Paul is a lifelong resident of Northeast Wisconsin, having grown up in De Pere. He attended UW – Green Bay, graduating with a double major in Business Administration and Political Science. He furthered his education by obtaining an MBA at UW – Oshkosh and completing the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. Paul is passionate about his alma mater and community, he is a member of the UWGB Chancellor’s Council of Trustees, serves on the board of directors and executive committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley, and the board of directors and executive committee of Curative Connections.

Paul and his wife Kristin have two children, Andrew (20) and Aaron (18). In his spare time, Paul likes to play a lot of golf.



 
MAYOR ERIC GENRICH, City of Green Bay

MAYOR ERIC GENRICH, City of Green Bay

Eric Genrich was elected the 42nd Mayor of Green Bay in April 2019. Prior to becoming Mayor, Genrich was elected to the state Assembly in November 2012. Serving three terms, he represented the 90th Assembly District which comprises the majority of the City of Green Bay.

Eric Genrich was born and raised in Green Bay. He received his BA from UW-Madison and attained a graduate degree from UW-Milwaukee. Prior to his election to the state assembly, Eric worked in the state and federal governments, and later as an IT librarian for the Brown County Library. He has been actively supportive of several community organizations, including Neighborworks Green Bay, on whose board he served for six years.

Eric Genrich and his wife, Emily, live in the Fisk Addition Neighborhood on the west side of Green Bay with their two children, Henry and Amelia.



 
ACE CHAMPION, Award-Winning Chef and Owner of Chef Champion, LLC.

ACE CHAMPION, Award-Winning Chef and Owner of Chef Champion, LLC.

Chef Champion cooks with a strong passion and makes it a priority to visualize his entrées while preparing them, so in turn, he can empower others who struggle with cooking. The Law of Attraction & the Power of Positive Thinking are the cornerstones of Chef Champion’s passion for food. He believes that if you think you can be a great chef or cook, then you will, but if you think you won’t be a great chef or cook, then you probably won’t. Chef Champion believes that before you hit the kitchen, focus on what you want to achieve and you’ll serve up a great dish almost every time! 

It is this same mentality that has made him successful in both the kitchen and in life. “I now understand my purpose in life, and that is to teach the world everything I can about food for the mind, body, and soul,” concludes Chef Champion. “Good food, Good times, Good health... the three goods that good food brings.”



 
JIM DELEERS, President of DeLeers Construction

JIM DELEERS, President of DeLeers Construction

Jim DeLeers of DeLeers Construction would describe himself as a better Carpenter than a business man; more comfortable in “steel toes” than “wing tips”. From a young age he has always had a passion for the “big picture.” Jim vividly lays out the picture and with the help of the team, they manifest it. You can sum up his responsibilities in one word: “relationships.” He regularly develops new relationships and respects the ones already created, both internally and externally. Jim is responsible for the performance of the organization. He achieves this with the help of an excellent team of functional leaders.


 
CRAIG DICKMAN, Managing Director of TitletownTech

CRAIG DICKMAN, Managing Director of TitletownTech

Craig Dickman is the Managing Director for TitletownTech and one of the key visionaries in its creation. Prior to TitletownTech, he founded StageThree, an innovation-focused practice working with corporate partners and entrepreneurs to create, build, and commercialize new capabilities and ventures. He is an experienced entrepreneur who founded Breakthrough Fuel and co-founded the N.E.W. Venture Foundry; an inventor with multiple patents; and a successful chief executive at Breakthrough Fuel, Paper Transport, and Master Fleet. Before launching and leading successful businesses, he was an executive at Schneider National and SHADE Information Systems as well as a contracted team member on two NASA Discovery Missions: Lunar Prospector and Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR).

Craig received his bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and his master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the UW-Green Bay Council of Trustees and on the Board of Directors for the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

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