October Meeting

On Monday, October 19 we will be at the
Alliant Energy Center, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way in Madison. Our guest speaker is Kim Metcalf-Kupres from Johnson ControlsThis is also a special meeting as our Foundation Trustees will present checks to the 2015 Scholarship Recipients. The meeting begins at 11:30 with a buffet lunch and the program will start around noon. We try to get you back on the road to work at 1:00. Please register by Wednesday, October 14. Guests are welcome to attend this meeting. The guest fee is $35 if registered by October 14 ($8 late fee after this date). Register by selecting this link: October 2015 Meeting Registration 

Our Partner Sponsor for this event is Big Shoes Network.
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The title of Kim's program is: Leaders as Storytellers 
You will learn:
*How Johnson Controls is engaging leadership to bring their story to life and communicate with one voice.
*How Johnson Controls aligned five district businesses and a global leadership team of 200 around one company story.
*The role storytelling plays in training leaders to be effective communicators.
*Creative ideas for keeping a company story alive - without a gimmick or logo.

Kim Metcalf-Kupres is the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Johnson Controls. Kim is responsible for the development of marketing and sales capabilities across the enterprise as well as the identification and implementation of new ways to bring value to our customers. She also directs innovation, internal and external communications and brand management across the corporation.

In 1990, Kim began her career with Johnson Controls in the Building Efficiency business where she brought a keen focus on the customer and a strategic approach to business growth. She held leadership roles in sales management and operations.
She moved to the Power Solutions business in 2007 and held the role of Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Strategy and Government Relations. Under Kim’s leadership, the business defined its strategies for growth and built core competencies around commercial excellence. She pioneered the use of marketing and commercial best practices and championed a new structure for brand management across a global platform. Her relentless focus on sales management disciplines, account management and strategy evolved the business into a customer-centric culture. 

Kim’s passion for reading and language inspired her involvement with Literacy Services of Wisconsin where she served as president of the board from 2009-2013. Kim is also deeply committed to developing and advancing women in business and demonstrated her commitment as a founding member of the Women’s Resource Network at Johnson Controls.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in pre-law and English from Wayne State University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Special thanks to Robert M. Wydra Photography for taking photo's at this event and to our Photography Sponsor EZ Office Products.

AAF Past Presidents - Dedicated Leaders

AAF Madison Past Presidents joined us at the May 18th Annual Meeting at Alliant Energy Center. Our Presidents have provided AAF Madison with years of dedication, leadership and forward thinking. We were honored to have them join us and continue to benefit from their experiences. Pictured back row: Tom Ruse, Bob Pagura, Jim Sendecke, Nick Topitzes, Todd Tiefenthaler & 2014-15 President Alan Bergstrom. Front row: Tom Marks, Bill Kennedy, Annette Knapstein, Sara McCormack, Georgia Roeming, Andrea Barber, Rod Ritcherson, & Michael Knapstein.

Congratulations - AAF 2015-16 Board Of Directors

The 2015-16 board members were elected at the May 18th Annual Members Meeting. Our new board members will strive to fulfill our mission of providing a wide range of valuable educational, networking and social opportunities for our members and guests. Pictured left to right: Vice President-Kristin Schmidt, Fundraising-Travis Wichmann, Social Events-Ashley Taylor, Membership-Emily Shea, Community Outreach-Sandy Weisberger, President-Candace Clark, Communications-Jessica Morrison, Hospitality-Brian Unitan, Secretary/Treasurer-Becki Noel, & Past President-Tom Marks.