Nahid Afsari is the Facilities Group Manager for Milwaukee-based The Sigma Group, one of the top civil and environmental engineering firms in Wisconsin. In her role, she works with senior leaders to identify and execute strategic goals; assists in business development; and leads the Facilities Group, one of the company’s four major service focuses.
Previously, Nahid worked for Cotter Consulting as leader of the Wisconsin office, managing all aspects of Wisconsin operations for the Chicago-based company. Nahid also has experience in construction and design, working for Mortenson Construction and CH2M Hill (now Jacobs), respectively.
She is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin and a LEED Accredited Professional. Nahid is a Milwaukee native; born and raised in Whitefish Bay. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a master’s degree from Purdue University in Structural Engineering. While at UW-Madison, Nahid was a member of the Badger soccer team and American Society of Civil Engineers. While at Purdue, she was a volunteer assistant coach for the women’s soccer team and a math tutor for athletes on campus.
Nahid has served on numerous boards (both professional and community-based) including the YWCA, America Scores, CMAA, STEM Forward, and others. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, watching and playing soccer, and spending time with her family.
JoAnne Anton Director of Charitable Giving for Herb Kohl Philanthropies works to advance Herb Kohl’s philanthropic goals and community involvement. With a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a master’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Social Welfare, Anton began her career in public service at City Hall as an assistant to former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist. She has since spent more than two decades working in key positions for (retired) U.S. Senator Herb Kohl.
As Kohl’s State Director, Anton served in a variety of roles from managing the Wisconsin staff in five state offices to regularly traveling and staffing the Senator throughout Wisconsin. She was also responsible for Senator Kohl’s re-election campaigns in 2000 and 2006.
When Kohl retired from the Senate in 2012 and returned as President to run his NBA basketball franchise, the Milwaukee Bucks, Anton joined him as Project Coordinator. There she assisted in the effort to plan for a new sports arena and ultimately, in the sale of the team.
Today, Anton focuses her efforts on helping Herb Kohl continue his legacy of service through philanthropy.
JoAnne Anton currently serves on the boards of Safe and Sound Inc, the Milwaukee Public Library, Professional Dimensions, the Nature Conservancy of Wisconsin and is President of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. She is also an active board member of Harbor District Inc. She has been recognized by the Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List and as a Woman of Influence.
Marvin is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group and is based in the Firm’s Milwaukee office. Marvin tackles challenges with a pragmatic, level-headed approach, partnering with clients engaged in a gamut of commercial real estate transactions, including development, financing, leasing, acquisition, disposition, tax assessment appeals and low-income housing tax credit-financed development. He is experienced in representing local, regional, national and multinational companies, and understands issues from multiple vantage points, including those of lenders and borrowers, landlords and tenants, manufacturers and startup entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations and tribal entities.
At Godfrey & Kahn, Marvin serves as co-chair of the Firm’s recruiting committee, is a member of the law school fellowship committee, and has assisted with several special projects and initiatives, including design and planning efforts for the 833 East building project.
While in law school, Marvin served as Editor in Chief of the Marquette Law Review and authored “Testing the Waters: Assessing Wisconsin’s Regulatory Climate for Offshore Wind Projects” (93 Marq. L. Rev. 1533 (2010)), which won the Golden Quill Award for the outstanding student-written article published in the Marquette Law Review.
Prior to law school, Marvin worked for six years as a journalist, both as an editor for a Madison-based sports business magazine and as a freelance reporter for daily newspapers in Michigan and Wisconsin.
Paulina is the Legislative Advisor for the Wisconsin State Department of Corrections (DOC). In her role, she is the liaison for the DOC to all of the members of the Wisconsin State Legislature. As the largest state agency, the DOC employs nearly 10,000 people, operates 37 secured facilities, and is responsible for the care of nearly 23,000 persons who are incarcerated and 66,000 people under supervision. With over a decade in public service focused on public safety, she also served the City of Milwaukee in various roles supporting the efforts of first responders. Encompassing a diverse array of experience, Paulina has worked as a community organizer, mediator, and restorative justice and gun policy specialist. She is a graduate of Alverno College and Marquette University. She is a lifelong resident of Milwaukee and keeps herself busy with her four children, husband, and dog.
Eric Dick is the President of Elementis LTP for the past 4 years. Prior work with Elementis, starting in 2002 Eric held the position of Global Vice President – Construction Pigments for Elementis for seven years until the division was sold to Rockwood Specialties. After the sale, he transitioned to the General Manager of Southern Color.
Eric is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he received a Bachelor’s degrees in Food Science and Chemical Engineering. After graduating Eric worked for Campbell Soup Co., Kraft Foods, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream/Nestle’s, and Sensient Flavors. He held positions in Operations, Quality Assurance, Purchasing, Sales and Marketing, and Product Line Management within these organizations.
Dan Druml has been the President at Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling since 2002. He started in 1991 as an Associate. Nationally recognized in sales he was promoted in 1994 to Vice President at which time his efforts were directed toward operations management and the continued development of the commercial services division. In 1997, Druml received the award for Salesman of the Year for Paul Davis Systems International, an honor chosen from over 1000 candidates from over 250 offices internationally.
Carolyn Esswein is an urban designer, planner and educator who has worked with over 30 communities in the Midwest. Her work with communities and developers has helped to change the character of cities from Oak Creek’s Drexel Square, New Berlin’s City Center, to Milwaukee’s Lindsay’s Heights home ownership initiative. Her primary role for 20 years was in consulting, Carolyn now brings her experience to academia as Professor of Practice at the School of Architecture & Urban Planning and Director of Community Design Solutions at UWM. Carolyn’s UWM urban design studios and graduate urban planning courses have focused their projects on the Harbor District and large impact Milwaukee sites. Student work has provided innovative redevelopment design concepts, sustainable energy strategies, implementation policies, and influenced City decisions and recommendations.
Carolyn continues to practice as owner of Ce Planning Studio, LLC, a firm that adds value through design visioning, public engagement, and community investment. She has received numerous state and regional awards for her work including the WCREW SPIRE Award for her impact on real estate and development in Wisconsin and Community Based Faculty of the Year from UWM. Carolyn has a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison, Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning degrees from UW-Milwaukee. She serves on the Executive Board for Congress for New Urbanism-WI, and previously served 11 years on the Exec Board for the WI American Planning Association.
Ivan Gamboa is a Senior Vice President of Tri City National Bank. Mr. Gamboa is a native of Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geography (Urban Studies) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. For more than nine years Mr. Gamboa has worked for Tri City National Bank in various roles before his current position of business development in commercial lending. Mr. Gamboa’s passion is neighborhoods and his volunteer work reflects it. In June of 2016 Mr. Gamboa was appointed as Chairman of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), In addition to his duties at the Harbor District and WHEDA, Mr. Gamboa also serves on the boards Carmen High School of Science and Technology a non-instrumentality Milwaukee Public Schools Charter, and St Augustine Prep a new K-12 school created by the Ramirez family.
Patricia Hoben is co-founder and CEO/Head of Schools for Carmen Schools of Science and Technology, a growing network of college and career preparatory charter schools including three high schools and a middle school. She has been involved in science and technology policy and education reform initiatives at the national, state, and local levels. Over the course of her career, she served as an advisor on public health and science and technology policy issues at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Hoben also served as the K-12 Education Grants Program Officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, and as the Associate Director, Education and Exhibits of the Bakken Library and Museum in Minneapolis. She earned a doctoral degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 1984.
Dr. Hoben also serves on the boards of the Milwaukee Public Museum, Schools that Can Milwaukee, and Teach for America – Milwaukee. She is currently a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and received the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Woman of Influence award for Innovation in 2009. Dr. Hoben also is the recipient of awards from Alverno College, the United Community Center, and Casa Romero Renewal Center for her work in founding and leading Carmen Schools of Science and Technology.
Tim Hoelter is president of the Board of Harbor Commissioners for the Port of Milwaukee. He previously had a thirty-year career with Harley-Davidson Motor Company as General Counsel and later as Vice President, Government Affairs. In his roles at Harley-Davidson, Tim served three terms as President of the International Motorcycle Association and also chaired the Consumer Goods Trade Advisory Committee at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Since retiring from Harley, Tim has been a keynote speaker and is a guest lecturer at Georgetown Law. Tim graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard Law School and is the proud father of four daughters.
John Koetz is president and chief executive of the surface mining division for Komatsu Mining Corp., a worldwide leader in high-productivity solutions for both underground and above-ground mining industries. A member of the executive leadership team for Komatsu Mining Corp. and a global officer of Komatsu Ltd., John joined Komatsu in 2010 and has over 25 years of marketing, product, service, and leadership experience in mining, construction, agriculture, and defense equipment industries.
Before joining Komatsu Mining Corp., he was senior director of marketing for CNH Industrial’s Case IH agricultural equipment business. Prior to that, he was Vice President, product marketing for Komatsu America and held a variety of progressive positions in their global mining and North America construction equipment businesses. Koetz began his career as a U.S. Army officer, is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and held numerous assignments across the U.S. and in the Republic of Korea.
Koetz also serves on the Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) board, the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development Council (M7), the Menomonee Valley Partners CEO Roundtable, the board of Racine/Kenosha Vocational Ministries, and volunteers with Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity and other community organizations. Kotez holds an MBA from Loyola University Chicago, a master’s degree in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Wisconsin.
Elmer Moore Jr. is the executive director of Scale Up Milwaukee, an ecosystem project using Dan Isenberg’s proven model for infusing growth into an ecosystem. Scale Up Milwaukee runs a number of programs including the Scalerator, CEO Forum for Growth, Meet the Masters series and a growing membership platform. Scale Up Milwaukee has helped create more than 150 new jobs in the region.
Elmer came to Milwaukee as the director of business development for Allen Edmonds Corporation, a manufacturer and retailer of premium men’s footwear, apparel, and accessories. He previously led multicultural student recruitment as associate dean of admissions at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and has traveled extensively speaking and teaching on the topics of admissions, diversity and public speaking. Elmer also teaches entrepreneurship at Marquette University.
Tom O’Reilly is vice president, Sustainability at Rockwell Automation. He leads the company’s holistic sustainability strategy and oversees cross-functional work streams for all aspects of sustainability. Most recently, Tom was vice president, Global Business Development, leading the strategy development processes across the company and the software partnering function, and previously our Strategic Alliances and other partnering programs. Tom joined Rockwell Automation in 1985. He has more than 35 years of service with Rockwell Automation with country leadership roles in Japan, Korea and China. He also spent four years in the Customer Support & Maintenance organization in Milwaukee, leading Plant Services and six years as a regional director in Greater China. Tom served as president, Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for the execution of our strategy in the Asia Pacific region, including the growth of market share and leadership of business operations.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife, and he has a daughter who is currently attending Lake Forest College.
David is the Chief Legal Officer and Vice President of Business Administration for Michels Corporation and also serves as the President of the Harbor District Business Improvement District (BID #51).
Michels has a Harbor District presence at 218 E. Becher Street. Michels is a diversified utility and specialty construction company that conducts business throughout the United States and internationally. David is responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal representation. In his capacity as Vice President of Business Administration, David’s additional responsibilities include: strategic acquisitions and partnerships; risk management; labor relations; real estate; DOT compliance; and safety and environmental stewardship.
David is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University Law School. He has a Master’s Degree in International Trade in Business Law from the American University-Washington College of Law. As a child, David learned to sail on Milwaukee’s inner harbor. As a result, he appreciates the importance of this unique resource to the quality of life in our community. David and his wife, Diane, reside in Mequon and have three children.