Jerry Jendusa launched an aviation startup from his basement and turned it into a $100 million international business, and now he’s sharing the lessons he’s learned with other entrepreneurs.
The Milwaukee entrepreneur will bring those insights to his keynote address at Insight’s annual Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference — or THINC! — to be held Thursday, May 10 at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley.
Jendusa, founder of aviation products and services company EMTEQ, went on to co-found STUCK Management, STUCK Fund 1 and STUCK Coaching, which allow him to follow his passion of supporting other entrepreneurs.
“I learned a lot about things you can do well, and things that are very effective when running a business,” he says.
After launching a successful business, Jendusa says he wanted to find a way to touch more individuals and businesses versus only helping the one he ran. That led him to co-found STUCK Management. He created an investment fund, and the business includes a coaching element.
The author of “Get Unstuck: Strategies, Tools and Courage to Move Your Business to the Next Level,” Jendusa appears as one of the moguls on the Milwaukee Shark Tank-themed TV program “Project Pitch It” and serves as co-chair of the entrepreneurship support organization Scale Up Milwaukee.
Jendusa recognized entrepreneurs and business leaders get stuck for a variety of reasons, from holding on to methods just because that’s the way they’ve always done them to struggles with growing their ideas. “Get Unstuck” addresses many of those issues.
His THINC! keynote will feature a fun, lively, interactive discussion focused on innovation. “The endgame is to inspire, to help people to think about things they wouldn’t otherwise think about and to give people something they can take
away,” he says.
In addition to Jendusa’s keynote, the event will feature the presentation of Insight’s Innovation awards in the categories of People, Planet, Process and Product (see sidebar, page 23). Award winners serve as examples of best practices in innovation that significantly improve the bottom line, grow the business, heighten employee morale, make a difference and can be considered leaders in their industry.
THINC! connects businesses, ideas and people with the insight and resources they need to grow our regional economy. It aims to shine a spotlight on innovation in Northeast Wisconsin in a format that provokes, inspires and energizes people to build on — and invest in — ideas to advance the regional economy.
The event is designed for CEOs, presidents and community and education leaders, as well as innovation executives, manufacturers, and venture capital and angel investors from throughout Wisconsin. The afternoon includes ample time for networking.
And the nominees are …
26 companies vie for Insight Innovation awards
Congratulations to all 26 Insight Innovation Award nominees! They represent companies both brand new and decades old across a diversity of industries.
The winners in the categories of People, Planet, Process and Product will be announced at the annual THINC! event to be held May 10 at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley.
• Catalpa Health Inc.
• Crane Engineering
• Dodles Inc.
• Endries International Inc.
• Energy Bank, Inc.
• Faith Technologies Inc.
• Fork Farms
• J. J. Keller & Associates Inc.
• Miravida Living
• Miron Construction Co., Inc.
• Monroe Equipment, Inc.
• R2H Flavor Technology, LLC
• TecDriven, LLC
• Tweet Garot Mechanical Inc.
• Verity Financial Fraud Examiners
• VibeTech, Inc.
• Visionary Business Solutions Inc.