I just came across this story on Badger Meter CEO Rich Meeusen, and had to react to it.
I've seen Meeusen speak a few times, I follow him on Twitter and have met him once. He's personable, a Milwaukee champion and an entertaining presenter. He's a property owner, too. His son runs Fire on Water in Downtown Milwaukee in a building owned by his dad.
Most importantly, Meeusen believes in Milwaukee. He's someone who takes an old mantra of mine – "A city is only as good as the stories it tells" – to a new, exciting level. This, I think, is very good thing for our fine city and something that more leaders need to embrace.
Check out this paragraph from the jsonline story about Meeusen.
"Milwaukee lacks big visionary economic thinkers, he says. 'The true visionaries in this city are a fairly lonely group of people,' he said. 'Not only that, but if Milwaukee were located on Lake Superior, they'd rename it 'Lake Adequate.' People in Milwaukee just don't think the city can be great.''"
On Milwaukee and cheers to you, Rich Meeusen. We need more CEOs and Milwaukee citizens like you.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.