Wayne Oldenburg will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum

Founder of the Oldenburg Group Wayne Oldenburg will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at BizTimes Media Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum Dec. 8 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. Click here to join.

Oldenburg founded Oldenburg Group Inc. in 1981. The company was a manufacturer of mining equipment, commercial lighting and military products. In 2006, Oldenburg sold its coal mining equipment business to Joy Global Corp. (now Komatsu Mining) for $140 million, but retained its division which made machinery used in underground hard rock mining. In 2016, it sold its underground mining equipment and defense business to a New York-based private equity firm.

Oldenburg retained its commercial lighting equipment division, based in Glendale Visa lighting. He continues to serve as Managing Director of the company, which provides performance engineered products used in the architectural lighting industry.

Oldenburg is also past president of ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, a non-profit organization that provides support for those affected by breast cancer; the organization was founded by his late wife, Melodie Wilson. For years, Oldenburg has provided free space in Visa Lighting Inc.’s Glendale office building to three nonprofits: ABCD, Girls on the Run, and SHARP Literacy.

The Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum honors the best entrepreneurs and innovators in Southeast Wisconsin.

Therese Nemetz will receive the Regional Spirit Award, which recognizes a business leader who goes above and beyond to promote the Milwaukee area as a great place to live, work and play. Nemetz is the founder and president of Excursions on the Great Lakes and Milwaukee Food and City Tours.

Other entrepreneurs and innovators to be recognized at the Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum include:

Innovation winners:

  • Advanced Ionic
  • fast radicals
  • Wearables

Entrepreneurship Winners:

  • Justin Nicols, Sift Healthcare
  • Jeremy Fojut, Like|Minded

The Innovation + Entrepreneurship Forum is sponsored by Johnson Financial Group and Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols SC In addition, Seen is a supporting sponsor for the event.

Click here to register for the event.

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