The state’s largest business organization – Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – has a new leader.
The WMC announced today Kurt R. Bauer, who has been president of the Wisconsin Bankers Association for the past seven years, will succeed the retiring James S. Haney.
Bauer has worked for banking trade associations for 18 years, including the last seven as the President/CEO of the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA). Prior to that, Bauer headed the Phoenix-based Arizona Bankers Association, and also served as WBA’s chief lobbyist.
Bauer says making Wisconsin more competitive will help speed the economic recovery, grow jobs and resolve the state’s chronic budgetary issues. “The best way to improve the quality of life for everyone is to expand private sector businesses by pursuing policies that encourage business expansion and relocation in Wisconsin,” he says.
Bauer is originally from Beloit, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will become just the fifth person to lead WMC in its 100-year history.