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Oct. 3, 2011 

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Francis Podvin, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. Chairman of the Board, will open the 2011–2012 Leadership at Noon Series at Viterbo University Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the D.B. and Marge Reinhart Center for Ethics and Leadership room 107. 

Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry growers and 50 citrus growers in the U.S. (including a substantial presence in Wisconsin) and Canada. The company is North America’s leading producer of canned and bottled juices and juice drinks with annual sales of $2.2 billion. 

In his sixth year as Ocean Spray’s chairman of the board, Podvin is an active general partner in City Point Cranberries, LLP, a 110-acre cranberry marsh near City Point. He is also the head of Podvin Law Firm, where as an attorney he concentrates on water and wetland issues involving new and existing cranberry marshes, generational succession planning, estate planning, and business counsel and advice. 

The Viterbo Leadership at Noon Series features business leaders discussing the key values that contribute to successful business practice. Other speakers in the series: 

  • Tuesday, Nov. 15 with Jeff Su, executive director of the Myrick-Hixon Ecopark, a unique La Crosse destination with dynamic educational programming, interactive displays, and ecosystem exhibits that advance the appreciation and conservation of natural resources. 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25 with Timothy Johnson, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic Health System, Franciscan Healthcare-La Crosse. Franciscan Healthcare is an integrated health care delivery network serving residents from 10 locations across Western Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota and Northeastern Iowa. This includes hospitals, clinics, and related services in mental health, home-based health and senior housing. 
  • Wednesday, March 21 with Ann Snow, executive director of Children’s Museum of La Crosse. The museum opened in 1999 is the region’s first and only hands-on learning environment for children ages one–12 and their adult companions. 

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 welcome to bring their own lunch or purchase a boxed lunch for $5. The Leadership at Noon Series is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and the Dahl School of Business at Viterbo University. 



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