New books available by two Marquette Business alumni


October 23, 2013

Daniel Weinfurter, a 1979 Marquette Business alumnus who also earned his MBA from Marquette in 1985, has written Second Stage Entrepreneurship: Ten Proven Strategies for Driving Aggressive Growth, which was published in September by Palgrave Macmillan.

Managing partner of Chicago Growth Consultants and a serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience, Weinfurter based the book on his own experiences leading multiple companies past their founding and into growth. Describing the challenges entrepreneurs will face at every step of their journey, the book takes the potential entrepreneur throughout the course of their company, showing them how to set up an appropriate and effective company culture, according to Weinfurter

The book already has earned acclaim. According to Jim Kaitz, president and CEO of the Association for Financial Professionals, “Successfully growing a business today is not for the faint-hearted, and Dan's book provides practical advice and real-world solutions to those gutsy enough to start a business in the face of so much economic uncertainty.”

More information about Second Stage Entrepreneurship is available online.

A posthumous memoir of Marquette Business alumnus Joseph Zilber, co-written by Milwaukee Magazine Editor Kurt Chandler after extensive interviews with Zilber, was published this month by Marquette University Press. Titled, How I Built an Empire & Gave it Away, the book chronicles the Milwaukee real estate mogul’s entrepreneurial and philanthropic journeys.

Zilber, who died in 2010 at age 92, graduated from Marquette Business in 1939; he graduated from Marquette Law School three years later. He is the founder of Milwaukee-based commercial real estate firm Zilber Ltd.

The book describes how Zilber, unable to find a job with a law firm, took a position with Milwaukee real estate company George Bockl Enterprises. There he learned about the real estate business and then left the company to start his own business. In his later years, Zilber began to allocate his enormous wealth to philanthropic efforts in Milwaukee, including a hospice center, an inner-city neighborhood revitalization effort and his alma mater.

In 2007, he gave $30 million to Marquette Law School: $25 million in law school scholarships and $5 million to fund the Joseph and Vera Zilber Forum. Marquette’s primary administration building also bears the Zilber name.

More information about How I Built an Empire & Gave it Away is available online.