Building Tomorrow

Thursday, October 18, 2018 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Central Standard Craft Distillery's Production Facility MapMap
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What are you building?

NEWaukee is excited to announce Building Tomorrow, a new innovation series showcasing what colleges, companies, and communities are doing to build Milwaukee’s future. Come hear prominent local leaders discuss the various ways they are advancing education, business, and development in the city.

Building Tomorrow is a social evening designed to engage and inspire. The event at Central Standard Craft Distillery’s Production Facility in the Near West Side (2330 W Clybourn St, Milwaukee, WI) invites guests to socialize with speakers before and after their presentations to start a communal dialogue on how to best move the community forward. The evening also features drinks, complimentary food while it lasts, and music from TRUE Skool. All are invited to attend!

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5:30-6:00PM : Food & Drinks / Networking
6:00-6:05PM : Speaker Introductions
6:05PM : First Speaker Session Begins
6:05-6:15PM : Evan Hughes – Co-Founder and President, Central Standard Craft Distillery
6:15-6:25PM : Elisabeth Sutton – Director of Marketing, Kohler
6:25-6:35PM : Kat Christian – Student, Marquette University
6:35-6:50PM : Intermission – Meet Someone New
6:50PM : Second Speaker Session Begins
6:50-7:00PM : Rhommer Varilla – Technology Management Consultant, SafeNet
7:00-7:10PM : Kyle Hagge and Ben Rangel – Students, Marquette University
7:10-7:20PM : Robert Villarreal – Director of Operations, Glenroy
7:20-7:30PM : Keith Stanley – Executive Director, Near West Side Partners / Avenues West Association / BID
7:30-8:00PM : Drinks / Networking / Meet the Speakers

Interested in speaking at a future Building Tomorrow?

NEWaukee is looking for engaging speakers who are building Milwaukee’s future. If you want to share your story, submit your interest at the link below.

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Central Standard Craft Distillery

Evan M. Hughes started his career in the craft beverage industry in 2004 as the Publisher of DRAFT Magazine. His extensive industry knowledge and relationships prove integral to DRAFT’s position as the industry leader. In 2012 Mr. Hughes Co-Founded Central Standard Craft Distillery and is the acting President. His focus is on strategic development, growth and branding. Along with his business partner, Pat McQuillan he leads an incredible team of 21 employees who strive for quality and excellence everyday. Central Standard Craft Distillery and Mr. Hughes have been the recipient of many prestigious awards including, Wisconsin’s Future 50 Award Recipient, Better Business Bureaus Spark Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Milwaukee Business Journal’s Diversity In Business, Scale up Milwaukee Celebration of Growth, Milwaukee Business Journals 40 under 40 and many International Review of Spirits Tasting awards. Mr. Hughes is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and is very active in his community, serving as Husband to Megan and Father to Henry and Merridy, board member- Wisconsin Distillers Guild, board member- Wisconsin Craft Beverage Coalition, board member- NEWaukee, board member- John P. Hanson Foundation for Cancer Research benefiting Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, board member- The University Club of Milwaukee.

Robert Villarreal – Director of Operations – Glenroy

Learn why culture is important for successful organizations and why enjoying your job is more important than money. Hear how Glenroy maintains an innovative strategy by tapping in to new markets allowing for major growth.

Robert studied mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech and then went on to receive a master of business administration from Duke University. He has 20+ years in diverse manufacturing environments focusing on lean principles and supervisory behaviors to create integrated management operating systems. When Robert is not working he enjoys Bee keeping and summers in Wisconsin.

Elisabeth Sutton – Director of Marketing, Trade, Projects & Specs and Commercial – Kohler Kitchen & Bath Americas

Elisabeth will be speaking about innovating around gracious living.

Elisabeth Sutton is the Director – Marketing, Trade, Projects & Specs and Commercial Kitchen and Bath Americas for Kohler Co..

Elisabeth is responsible for driving marketing strategies and initiatives through trade customers including plumbers, builders, remodelers, architects, designers, developers and commercial channels. Prior to this role, Elisabeth was Director – Wholesale Channel Marketing Kitchen and Bath Americas.

Sutton joined Kohler in 1984, and progressed through a variety of sales and marketing roles with increasing responsiblities. In 1999, she assumed the role of Director – Communications, where she managed the advertising and public relations accounts for Kitchen & Bath, Interiors and Corporate Communications for Kohler. In 2006, she opted to take an Individual Contributor role and created the position of Manager – Consumer Segmentation. In 2010 Elisabeth left Kohler to start up with her husband, Don Beebe’s House of Speed in the state of Wisconsin helping young athletes improve their speed and agility. From 2011 to 2013 Elisabeth was Merchant Marketing Manager at Kohl’s Department Stores, where she created and executed marketing strategies and tactics to support the Center Core and Juniors departments.

Sutton earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and an MBA from Marquette University.

Kat Christian – Student – Marquette University

In this talk, Kat of 1881 Event Productions will be speaking about Marquette University’s College of Business Administration new Student-Run Business Program.

Kyle Hagge and Ben Rangel – Students – Marquette University
Kyle and Ben will be speaking about their podcast, Bridge the City. They created the podcast because they believe that soundbites aren’t solutions and that knowledge without action does not change the world. Disheartened by the disempowering narratives often peddled by national media outlets, they sought to create a podcast that is empowering and helps individuals realize they can make a difference in the community they live in. Every episode ends with concrete action steps that citizens can take advantage of to create positive change in their community.

Keith Stanley – Executive Director – Near West Side Partners / Avenues West Association / BID

Keith will be discussing the ways the Near West Side Partners / Avenues West Association / BID are building the Near West Side neighborhood for tomorrow.

Keith Stanley is Executive Director of Near West Side Partners, Inc., where he’s charged with spearheading the organization’s efforts to revitalize Milwaukee’s Near West Side. Since the organization’s formal launch in 2015, Stanley has played a critical role in the success of numerous achievements for the Near West Side, including:

• The launch of PARC, a three-year, $2+ million, anchor-funded initiative designed to support NWSP mission by promoting assets to transform the perception of the neighborhood and reducing crime to address the reality of the neighborhood’s challenges.
• The expansion of BID #10 to include the entire Near West Side neighborhood, a 300% increase in resources to enhance the community.
• Securing $800,000 in matching funds from Milwaukee County, bringing at least $1.6 million in new investment as part of the NWS Economic Development Fund.
• The concerted effort to target problematic parcels across the neighborhood to provide sustainable solutions.

Stanley is also Executive Director of the Avenues West Association and the newly expanded Near West Side BID #10. Previously, he served as Program Manager of the SOHI Main Street Program and as Chief of Staff to then Common Council President Willie Hines.

Stanley holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alabama State University. He was also named as a Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 winner for 2016.

Rhommer Varilla – Technology Management Consultant – SafeNet Consulting

In this talk, Rhommer will share how SafeNet Consulting has helped a client shift from an analog product to a digital product by applying cloud and mobile capabilities. In doing so, the client was able to launch a new product faster than they could have on their own. The client also adapted their product offering in a way that radically enhances the consumer experience. He will discuss key considerations in solution design, factors which helped go-to-market faster than planned, and business and consumer experience outcomes.”

Rhommer Varilla is the Technology Management Consultant at SafeNet Consulting. In this role, he helps companies understand how emerging technologies can be applied strategically to optimize existing business products and services or radically change a business model. In his 25+ year career, he has spent about half of the time leading technical solutions in a diverse set of industries which include financial services, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, and healthcare. The other half spent in various business development, business operations, and strategic technology roles.

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