It’s rare these days to meet a CEO who’s been with a company for his or her entire career. It’s even more rare to meet one who started out at the business as an apprentice, but that’s the story of Mike Jansen, the leader of Menasha-based Faith Technologies Inc. The Little Chute native started with the company as an electrical apprentice and moved up in the ranks. At the same time, the business that began as a local electrical contractor spread its wings and grew into a national company recognized not only for its electrical work, but also its systems management and solutions.
Faith’s transformation is fascinating and one that’s on display in the Fox Cities as the company builds a new headquarters for its Excellerate manufacturing division in Little Chute, which will include renewable resources visible to drivers on Interstate 41, along with its microgrid at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton. Read more about Faith’s evolution in my cover story starting on page 22.
The University of Wisconsin System is another organization undergoing a transformation. Last July, the system merged its two- and four-year campuses. In this month’s Insight Insider, leaders from UW-Oshkosh and UW-Green Bay discuss the merger and the way forward that best serves students, individual campuses and area communities. That story begins on page 30.
Nearly every industry struggles to find enough workers, and health care is no different. Health care, however, faces a double-edged sword since as the population ages, more employees are needed to provide the necessary care, and at the same time, health care workers also are retiring. Learn more about the solutions health care systems are embracing to fill their open positions in Jessica Thiel’s article starting on page 35.
TitletownTech in Green Bay is hosting The Pitch, an event where college students present their ideas for new businesses, from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 11. Students present their ideas to a panel of judges, who then choose one idea to win a cash prize and in-kind services. Go to thepitchfoxcities.com for more information.
Innovationedge Founder and President Cheryl Perkins is the keynote speaker at Insight’s annual THINC! event on May 9 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Fox Valley campus. In addition to Perkins’ presentation, the event will include the announcement of the 2019 Insight Innovation Award winners and a cocktail networking reception. Go to insightonbusiness.com/thinc to learn more.
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Listen to Faith Technologies CEO Mike Jansen discuss the Menasha-based company’s entry into manufacturing and how it increased efficiencies on project sites.
Jansen’s interview is just one of many you will find online at insightonbusiness.com/home/cover-story-videos.
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