Marian University announces 2011 Business and Industry Award Winners

August 25, 2012

October 12, 2011


The 30” by Mark Skogen, president and CEO of Festival Foods.

The Business of the Year award will be presented to the New Glarus Brewing Company. New Glarus Brewing Co. employs 100% natural ingredients to produce world-class, handcrafted beers. New Glarus Brewing Company has continued to grow due to their strong and loyal fan base, despite being available exclusively in Wisconsin.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award will be presented to Ripon Printers. Founded by Doug Lyke in 1962 with 12 employees, Ripon Printers has remained a family business and has grown to over 240 employees. Ripon Printers handles jobs that range in size from 1,000 pieces to over 1,000,000. Ripon Printers has embarked on the Lean journey, seeking ways to reduce waste, operate more efficiently and support environmental sustainability. They were recently awarded a total of 12 first place awards in the 2011 Web Offset Association Print Competition and the 2011 Graphic Excellence Awards.

The Economic Development Award will be presented to Kondex Corporation. Founded by Jim Wessing and Ben Braunberger, Kondex Corporation is a product design and manufacturing partner for Agriculture, Lawn and Turf and other OEM partners, producing custom-designed metal components. Established first in West Bend in 1974, Kondex moved into their new state-of-the-art facility in Lomira in 2007. Currently, they are investing in a 50,000 square foot addition that incorporates the latest in Lean manufacturing concepts.

The Special Achievement Award will be presented to C.D. Smith Construction and Hornung’s Pro Golf, both of which, like Marian, are celebrating their 75th anniversary of being in business.

C.D. Smith Construction was founded by Charles D. Smith in 1936. Since that time, C.D. Smith Construction has helped shape Wisconsin’s economic landscape with innovative corporate structures, sustainable manufacturing plants, heath care facilities and inspiring schools and amenities. In recent years, C.D. Smith has completed major projects in 20 states, including the UW-Madison Camp Randall Stadium expansion and renovation, Fond du Lac High School, Agnesian Health Care Fond du Lac Surgery Center, Kondex Corporation, and the Stayer Center at Marian University, among others.

Hornung’s Pro Golf Sales, Inc. was established by Clarence and Sue Hornung in 1936 in their home on Third Street in Fond du Lac. Today, Hornung’s Pro Golf is a family–owned golf wholesale business specializing in golf accessories, gifts, novelty items and course equipment that serves the worldwide golf industry. Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Hornung’s has long been known for their variety of products and excellent customer service, especially with their over 12,000 retailers.

The George Becker Business Spirit Award is given to an individual, company, charitable organization or civic group whose good business practices benefit the community, either through the ways they do business or through the recipients’ contribution to the community. It is named for George Becker, former president of Giddings & Lewis and a member of Marian’s Board of Trustees.

This year’s recipient of the Becker Award is Bob Fale. Fale is president and CEO of Agnesian HealthCare, Inc., a fully integrated healthcare delivery system serving Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Dodge, Green Lake and Waushara counties. During Fale’s tenure, Agnesian HealthCare has continued to grow with the development of key centers, including the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care, the Agnesian Center for Bone & Joint Health, the building of the Hospice Home of Hope, a plastic surgery location, a sleep center and the Fond du Lac Surgery Center. Fale has also overseen the addition of the Waupun Memorial Hospital and the Ripon Medical Center to the Agnesian HealthCare system.

The keynote speaker for the Business & Industry Awards will be Mark Skogen, president and CEO of Festival Foods since 2006. Skogen is the third generation to head the Wisconsin business that started in La Crosse as Skogen’s IGA. Skogen joined the company in 1992 after graduating from Viterbo University.

Through Skogen’s leadership, Festival Foods has 14 stores across Wisconsin, and will be expanding to include two new stores, one in Sheboygan and one in La Crosse. Skogen attributes the company’s continued success to the 3,800+ associates who truly are the culture of the company.

In addition to leading Festival Foods, Skogen serves on several boards of directors, including the Green Bay Packers, M&I Bank, the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay Trustees and the Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay.

The Business & Industry Awards helps raise money for scholarships for students in the Marian University School of Business.

For more information, contact Kathy Gellings at

or at (920) 923-7613.