Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship

After Hours Speaker Series

John Stollenwerk

Former CEO, president and owner of Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation

In 1980, Stollenwerk purchased the Wisconsin-based Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation. During his time as president and CEO of Allen Edmonds, Stollenwerk showed that quality people and a quality product are integral elements in any successful business venture. During his After Hours session, Stollenwerk discusses his work at the shoe brand, as well as his commitment to keeping manufacturing in the United States. Stollenwerk has received numerous awards and honors during his career including being named a Marquette University Emeritus Trustee.

Steve Ausnit, pioneer of Ziploc

Ausnit discusses his six decades of business ventures, including the formation of Minigrip, Inc., which led to the development of the re-closable plastic bag. While retired from Minigrip, Ausnit remains an active entrepreneur, investing in various businesses around the world – he still holds 116 patents in his name and co-holds 67 more.