Board of Directors
Mike Flynn, President – Milwaukee Region, First Business Bank, has over 30 years of experience both in banking and private industries. He has spent his career leading various businesses as a business owner and executive, and also helping to finance and grow businesses as a banker.
His broad background includes commercial lending, sales, and sales management, and providing financial expertise and solutions to middle market companies. He brings a wealth of experience as an executive on the corporate side as a former CFO and CEO of an international engineering company, and the President & CEO of a commercial bank. Coupled with more than 10 years of banking experience as a lender and President, his unique perspective gives him the ability to see a solution from both sides of the desk.
Mike received his MBA in entrepreneurship and his BS in finance from DePaul University. In addition, he has taken advanced courses from the Darden School of Business at University of Virginia.
John Howman, founder of Allied Consulting Group, LLC, continually earns the trust of the mid-sized organizations he advises. John has held many leadership roles over the years, which he can attribute to his successful launch of Allied Computer Group, Inc. in 1983. He raised this company from a one-man start-up to a $55 million company in 15 years. John now uses this experience to guide other companies in growth planning, leadership development and team alignment at Allied Consulting Group, LLC.
B.S. Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Linda Mertz, CPA, and CEO of Mertz, offers a rare combination of years of experience, sound advice and extensive industry connections to help clients identify and pursue their best path in times of transition. In addition to providing counsel to business owners, Linda brings her experienced insights to her service on several corporate and nonprofit boards including Skyline Technologies, Services Plus, Association for Corporate Growth and TEMPO Milwaukee. A longtime leader in the M&A community, Linda is a founding member of AICA – Alliance of International Corporate Advisors, as well as past president and chairperson of the International Network of M&A Partners, a global network of highly respected merger and acquisition specialists.
B.A. Accounting, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MBA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Lisa Reardon is CEO and Chairman of OwnersEdge, Inc. She has over 30+ years of experience in senior level operations, consulting, finance, marketing, sales, and sales management. In 2015, she strategically created a holding company named OwnersEdge whose purpose is to provide economic diversity to the ESOP and employee owners.
Lisa’s current board experience includes public, private and ESOP structured organizations. She leads the OwnersEdge board as Chairman and in addition to general board member duties, she has extensive experience on the following committees: CEO Search, Audit, Financial and Compensation. She is also a member of YPO and Vistage.
Lisa Reardon is a graduate of Marquette University, where she obtained her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. She has attended numerous executive post-graduate continuing education programs at both Marquette and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Kyle Spader is President of Acumen Advisory Services, LLC an ESOP advisory firm. Kyle serves in independent ESOP Board roles and provides transaction and support services for an independent ESOP Trustee. Prior to starting Acumen Advisory, Kyle spent 15 years at IEWC, Inc. an international distributor and solutions provider for wire, cable and wire management products. During his tenure at IEWC he served as Controller, CFO and as President of the North American Division. He also spent 10 years on IEWC’s Board and served as an ESOP Trustee. Prior to IEWC, Kyle was a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant working as a Tax Manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
B.B.A. Accounting, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; M.S. Taxation, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Advisory Board Members
Kathy Hust is an executive leader with extensive experience in business operations, strategic planning, technology, sales, marketing, finance, and engineering. Her corporate experience includes progressive leadership roles coupled with substantial accomplishments and responsibilities at wireless industry leader U.S. Cellular (retired 2016). Kathy is a member of four leading not-for-profit Boards. She is a corporate Board member of Energybank Inc. and serves in an active advisory capacity for Seiva Technologies and Scanalytics Inc., which are startup technology entities. She is highly regarded and sought after for her expertise in technology and her understanding of community and political dynamics.
Ed Javier has been working in the tech space for more than 15 years. He is an experienced executive that helped build and scale start-up companies such as Cars.com and HomeFinder.com; led technology SaaS product launches into new industries; and in 2015, as the General Manager pivoted and sold the leading real estate website in the Philippines to Rocket Internet. Since moving to the Milwaukee area, Ed has been consulting local companies in Marketing and Sales Strategies, mentored startups and co-organized Milwaukee’s first Startup Week.
Ed received a master’s degree in International Marketing from Depaul University-Kellstadt in Chicago and his BA in Economics from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Rhonda Kirkwood, is a successful and experienced business leader and an expert at leading organizations and successful turnaround initiatives. She launched Kirkwood Consulting, Inc. in 2009 and employs her extensive business background to assist small to mid-size companies with a variety of business performance issues to improve company results. One of her widely noted skills is the coaching of CEO’s and senior leaders in various industries who are new to their roles.
W. Kent Lorenz is the retired Chairman and CEO of Acieta LLC, a provider of advanced industrial automation systems to North American manufacturers specializing in robotic solutions for Material Handling, Assembly, Arc Welding, and Foundry applications with over 4,400 industrial robots installed in North America. With over 30 years of experience in industrial automation, Kent continues to provide engineering and financial consulting services to Wisconsin based manufacturers. In addition, Kent is the managing partner of a commercial real estate investment company, serves on numerous boards of both public and privately held companies, and frequently speaks publicly about manufacturing technology and automation.
B.S. in Engineering Mechanics, University of Wisconsin- Madison