Planning and fundraising continues for the new free enterprise center building to house our School of Business. On October 6, it was announced that the School of Business Administration has been renamed the “Batterman School of Business”, in honor of Theodore W. Batterman, the president and retired CEO of the Spacesaver Corp. Mr. Batterman served three terms on the Concordia Board of Regents and presently serves on the Concordia University Wisconsin Foundation Board.
Concordia President Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, Ph.D made this announcement at the President’s Roundtable forum hosted by the university. It was at this event that CUW also announced it Wisconsin Entrepreneur Exhibit™, a living display of innovators from Wisconsin, both past and present.
Batterman, the school’s namesake, is a Wisconsin entrepreneur and innovator who has been focused on sustainability and conservation practices. In 1972, he organized Spacesaver, Inc. a high-density mobile storage and shelving company in Fort Atkinson, Wis. By 1998, Spacesaver, Inc. had evolved into an employee-owned, global company based in Green Bay, Wis. Throughout his leadership, Batterman is known for maintaining high ethical standards and creating a culture of innovation.
“His contribution will truly enable us to empower the next
generation of Christ-centered, ethical business leaders.”
Renaming the school is an honor that the university bestowed upon Batterman in recognition of his longtime support of Concordia University, both personally and through his family’s foundation. Recently, the most significant commitment is in support of this new Academic Collaboration Building and Free Enterprise Center, with a portion of the contributions set aside for endowments.
Dr. Ferry explained, “We are grateful for business leaders, like Ted Batterman, who stepped up early in our campaign and pledged their support for the new building that will house our School of Business. His contribution will truly enable us to empower the next generation of Christ-centered, ethical business leaders.”
Dr. Ferry continued, “For that reason, and to recognize Ted’s lifetime of giving to Concordia, we are delighted to rename our school the Batterman School of Business. His impact on students, through the building he is helping us to create, and through his example, will be felt for generations to come.”
In keeping with the example set by Batterman and the Wisconsin company he founded, the building will house Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Exhibit™. All major Wisconsin companies will be profiled, telling the stories of the founders and their values, as a way to celebrate past Wisconsin entrepreneurs and inspire the next generation of ethical business leaders.
The event featured layouts of the new building and what the spaces will likely be used for. The new building will house The Wisconsin Entrepreneur Exhibit™, showcasing the amazing achievements made by individuals from Wisconsin. The exhibit will feature over 50 companies, with plans to continue to grow over time. Companies such as Sendik’s Food Market, Palermo’s Pizza, and Sargento are contributing to help bring this exhibit to life and will be featured prominently in this exhibit.
At this President’s Roundtable Forum, a panel convened to talk about the Wisconsin Entrepreneur, and how Wisconsin is ranked 50th in the list of innovative states. The panel was comprised of thought leaders like Dan Lawton, chairman of Promentis, Abby Taubner, a director at Milwaukee's gener8tor and gBETA; and Dave LaTona, President of Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation.
The discussion helped define what the Wisconsin entrepreneur looks like. Simply and generally, the Wisconsin entrepreneur is innovative, capital efficient, hard-working, values-driven, humble, and reliable. They also can be risk averse, and at times constrained in the boldness of vision. But, the real advantage of innovators in Wisconsin is that they are by nature, or by environment, focused on getting the most “bang for the buck” and avoid hype and hyperbole. This can cut both ways, especially when it is time to scale up a venture, due to the challenge of attracting investors.