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Aug. 16, 2007

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Bruce Simones, owner of the Recovery Room, a neighborhood tavern located on the south side of La Crosse, will open Viterbo University’s 2007–08 Leadership at Noon series Tuesday, Sept. 25 in room 107 of the D.B. and Marge Reinhart Center.

Simones will discuss the values of owning and operating a neighborhood bar with a good reputation in an age where alcohol-related issues have received considerable visibility within the community.

Formerly known as the Brown Bag Series, the Leadership at Noon series is entitled “The Vision and Values of Successful Business Leadership” and will feature local business people discussing the crucial components of a successful business.

“We believe the reason this series of lectures has been so popular is that it gives both our students and the general public an opportunity to hear about the positive side of business,” said Rick Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. “It gives us a chance to learn about the basic values and commitments that characterize so many of the exemplary businesses in this part of the country.”

The series continues:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 28 with Julie Stansfield Nordeen, CEO of Stansfield Vending, Inc., and Janet Stansfield Hess, president of Stansfield Vending, Inc. Founded in 1942 by Jim Stansfield Sr., who stored and serviced juke boxes in his garage, Stansfield Vending Inc. now employees over 200 people in La Crosse, Eau Claire, and Waupaca and serves customers in three states.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29 with Allan McCormick, president and CEO of La Crosse Technology. La Crosse Technology was formed in 1985 with the small-town philosophy of servicing their customers to the highest level. Today La Crosse Technology is a multi-national consumer electronics company with products available at thousands of retail establishments across North America.
  • Wednesday, March 12 with Rusty Cunningham, publisher of the La Crosse Tribune. The La Crosse Tribune was founded in 1904 and purchased by Lee Enterprises in 1907 for $15,000. The paper, which has a daily circulation of 33,000 and a circulation of 41,000 on Sundays, is the source of local news for much of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minn.

All events on the schedule will be held from noon–1 p.m. in the Reinhart Center and are free and open to the public. Audience members are invited to bring their own lunch or purchase a box lunch for $5. The Leadership at Noon Series is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership, the Dahl School of Business, and Viterbo University.


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