Wayne Oldenburg will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum | So Good News
Founder of Oldenburg Group Wayne Oldenburg We will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at Times Media Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum Dec. 8 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. Click here to register.
Oldenburg founded Oldenburg Group Inc. in 1981. laid the foundation. The company was a manufacturer of mining equipment, commercial lighting, and military products. In 2006, Oldenburg sold its coal mining equipment business to Joy Global Corp. (now Komatsu Mining) for $140 million, but kept a division that made machines used in underground rock mining. In 2016, it sold its underground mining equipment and defense businesses to a New York-based private equity firm.
Oldenburg retained its Glendale-based commercial lighting equipment division Visa lighting. He continues to serve as CEO of the company, which supplies performance engineering products used in the architectural lighting industry.
Oldenburg is also past president of ABCD: After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis, a nonprofit organization that supports people affected by breast cancer; the organization was founded by his late wife, Melody Wilson. Oldenburg has owned Visa Lighting Inc. for several years. has provided rent-free space in its Glendale office building to three nonprofits: ABCD, Girls on the Run, and SHARP Literacy.
The Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum honors Southeast Wisconsin’s top entrepreneurs and innovators.
Teresa Nemetz Receives the Regional Spirit Award, which recognizes a business leader who promotes the Milwaukee area as a great place to live, work and play. German founder and president Excursions on the shores of the Great Lakes and Food and City Tours in Milwaukee.
Other entrepreneurs and innovators to be recognized at the Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum:
- Advanced Ionics
- Fast radicals
- Wearable technologies
- Justin Nichols, Sift Healthcare
- Jeremy Fojut, like it
Sponsors Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum Johnson Financial Group and Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols SC In addition, The view is the supporting sponsor of the event.
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