WHAT INSPIRES OUR MEMBERS?
The opportunity to leverage collective giving towards real community change.
Strong belief in the importance of helping youth during their developmental years.
To be part of a group that makes a massive impact on our community.
We currently have 100 Members!
MEET THE MEMBERS OF
100 MEN OF DANE COUNTY
Mike was inspired by the idea and the other guys dedicated to the cause. He has found himself really embracing the idea of creating a positive sizable impact in our community and having a voice in who receives the contributions as well as seeing it put in action. Colleagues would most likely describe Mike as being energetic, passionate, respectful, kind, intelligent, and fun. He loves spending time with his family and friends, playing numerous sports, and being out on the lake. Mike and his wife are active members of the community, contributing to St. Stephens Church and many other affiliations throughout the year. When it comes to personal motto's, Mike has a few: “1. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. 2. Action cures fear. 3. Have courage and be kind.” A fun fact about Mike is that he wanted to be Joe Montana (Football Player) or Michael Jordan (Basketball Player) when he grew up.
The ability to make a substantial positive impact for children in Dane County on a regular basis is what moved Andy to become a member of 100 Men of Dane County. Andy is married with a young son and newborn daughter. Some of Andy’s favorite activities are spending time with his family, sports of all varieties, and hanging out with friends. He lives by the following motto: treat others with respect, show humility, and keep an open mind. He believes that every person that he comes in contact with has something to offer that can be used for personal growth, even if the quality or attribute is one that he doesn’t want to adopt. Andy’s special talent is that he’s an upcoming air guitarist and air bassist. He has always said the only thing stopping him from being a world class musician is the ability to play an instrument. Andy’s involvement with the community also includes serving the Easter Seals Wisconsin on the Board of Directors and affiliation with International Optimists.
The desire to support those organizations in the community that make Madison such a great place to live and work is what inspired Todd to join 100 Men of Dane County. He is also a Board member for the YMCA of Dane County. Todd is married with three children. His favorite activities include biking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. He also coaches basketball and hopes to have a positive impact in his player's lives.
Andy was drawn to 100 Men of Dane County's ability to have a meaningful impact locally on our youth. The ability to directly interact with other members to discuss how to help the community was also a deciding factor. Colleagues would probably describe Andy as driven, intense, and motivational. Andy and his wife are expecting their first child, due October 25, 2018. His favorite hobbies are working out, walking and running outdoors, enjoying Madison lakes, and travel. Andy grew up always wanting to own his own business and his personal motto is “Make it happen!” In addition to 100 Men of Dane County, Andy is an active member of the Clean Lakes Alliance, American Diabetes Association, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Eric wanted to make a difference in our community. He also saw 100 Men of Dane County as a unique and special group of like-minded men who can make a HUGE impact. It was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. Eric and his wife have a newborn baby boy. In his spare time, you can find Eric partaking in one of his many hobbies, including golf, soccer, attending UW sporting events, traveling, and stock investing and analysis. Colleagues of Eric would most likely describe him as being driven, tactful, analytical, and a leader. His personal motto is: “Nothing Just Happens.”
Scott’s inspiration for becoming a member of 100 Men of Dane County is twofold – he loves the idea of having a simple way to give to four organizations a year that will have a high impact on them. He also likes the idea of fellowshipping with other men and talking about philanthropy and what it means to be generous in giving. Scott has three adult daughters and three granddaughters. He enjoys most sports, but especially golf, tennis, skiing, and scuba diving. His favorite pastime of all is travel. Those who know Scott well would say that he is a fun, outgoing guy, who is very generous with his time and possessions. His personal motto is: "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it’s the Lords purpose for me that shall prevail." Nonprofits is Scott’s business at Wegner CPAs. They provide services to about 40% of the nonprofits in Madison. He knows all of them well and is excited about the impact this organization will have, especially for any smaller nonprofits. He is the Treasurer of the Capital Times Kids Fund and the founder of the Madison Christian Giving Fund. A fun fact about Scott: if you want something planned or organized, give it to him! On the side, he likes to volunteer cook for large groups of people, homeless shelters, graduation parties, picnics – he’s even doing a wedding this summer!
Terry's reasons for being a member are simple. First, to give back. Second, to meet similarly minded guys. So, to do so in a collective, organized manner is fantastic. Terry is married, with two daughters. Terry enjoys Badger sports, sports car racing, family time, music, and classic cars. Terry is an active member of the community, supporting various non-profits, including Friends of Wisconsin Public Television, United Way of Dane County, Madison Rotary Foundation, Edgewood High School, and Queen of Peace Parish.
Eric decided to join 100 Men of Dane County because he thinks any organization that benefits children is an excellent cause. His colleagues would describe him as honest, ethical, compassionate and driven. Eric is married with three boys and favorite hobbies are water skiing hanging with his sons. He is an active member of the community and is also currently affiliated with American Family Children's Hospital. When Eric was 10 years old he dreamed of being a football player for the Dallas Cowboys when he grew up. Eric’s personal motto is: “I believe if you do what's right for yourself and others it comes back to you tenfold.”
Brian has been a Financial Advisor with North Star Resource Group since 1992. He has a strong belief in the importance of helping youth during their developmental years, which is why he decided to join 100 Men of Dane County. When he's not defending his current title belt for his Euchre Card Club (yes, he really does have a traveling title belt), Brian enjoys softball, Badger games, biking, travel, and time spent with his wife and two children. Brian's personal motto is: "Coals burn hotter when they are gathered together. Surround yourself with people who have passion." His involvement in the community also includes work with Unbound and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Paul was inspired to join 100 Men of Dane County when another member shared the mission, vision and values with him. He saw it as the kind of organization his family needed to be a part of. Paul has a wife and two sons who he enjoys spending his free time with. He has participated in the Ironman Triathlon nine times, and is a volunteer firefighter/EMT. Paul’s personal motto is: “Persist without exception” - borrowed from Andy Andrews. Being an active part of the community, he is also involved with several other nonprofits like Operation Underground Railroad, Orfordville Fire Protection District, Magnolia Advent Church, Mercury One, and Wallbuilders.
Chuck became a member of 100 Men of Dane County because of his desire to help youth. Along with spending time with his family, Chuck likes to spend his free time listening to and playing music, traveling, woodworking, and attending college and pro sporting events. When he was 10 years old, his dream was to become a radio disc jokey when he grew up. Chuck's personal motto is: "What if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about?" Involvement in the community is very important to Chuck, which is why he is also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rotary, and Canopy Center.
Advisor Consultant, Hartford Funds
Clint's passions are amateur car racing events, cars, golf, hunting, baseball, trap shooting, and travel. When he was 10 years old, Clint had dreams of becoming a pro ball player. If Clint were to choose a personal motto, it would be: "Life is made up of 10% of what happens to you and 90% the way you react to it."
Greg is a strong believer in giving back to the community and believes this group can inspire others to do so. Hard working, dedicated, and loyal, Greg enjoys spending time with his family, golf, hunting, and basketball. His extensive involvement in the community also includes work with Habitat for Humanity, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Garding Against Cancer, Coaches vs Cancer, Children’s Hospital, and Second Harvest Food Bank.
Dale was inspired to join 100 Men of Dane County so that he could give back to the community, in an impactful way, making a difference. Married with two boys, his personal motto is, “Be kind, Be optimistic, Be grateful.” Dale enjoys running, boating, spending time outside and with family, and watching Badger sports. If you were to ask one of his colleagues what he’s like, they’d probably tell you that Dale is personable, kind, dedicated, and caring. A little-known hobby of his is collecting shot glasses from states or places he’s visited. Dale’s involvement within the community also includes affiliations with the United Way, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and St. Francis Xavier Parish.
Darren liked the idea of the BIG IMPACT we could have in the local market for kids. His Mission in life is: Impacting Thinking. Creating Possibilities. Improving Lives. Darren resides in the Madison area with his other half. His favorite activities include golf, travel, and downhill skiing. He also sings, this is a skill that some people may not know about him. When Darren was 10 years old, he wanted to be a veterinarian when he grew up. In addition to being a member of 100 Men of Dane County, he is also very involved with other local non-profits, including the Road Home Dane, Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Food Bank, and AIDS Resource Center of WI.
Josh is inspired by people coming together to do great things. He says that being part of a group that is able to give a few hundred thousand dollars per year away to charities is a very noble and worthy thing that he can get behind. Married with four children, Josh enjoys time spent with his family, all sports, reading, and learning. When Josh was 10 years old, he wanted to be an NFL player when he grew up. His personal motto is: Inspire People. Impact Lives. In addition to 100 Men of Dane County, Josh is affiliated with Alex's Lemonade Stand, Haha's HERO Foundation, and Selfless Ambition. Colleagues would describe him as being a leader, driven, an open-book, growth oriented, and having high integrity.
Aaron joined as a member to be part of a great cause and to make an impact here in Dane County. Some of Aaron's favorite pastimes are sports, hockey, football, golf, and being outdoors. He is married, with a son and daughter. Fun fact about Aaron: when he was 10 years old, he wanted to be a hockey player when he grew up. In addition to 100 Men of Dane County, Aaron is affiliated with YMCA and Porchlight.
Cory really wanted to be part of something that could have more of a collective impact versus trying to do it individually, which is why he decided to become a member of 100 Men of Dane County. He was previously a Board Member for United Way of Monroe County in Pennsylvania and is a member of the Nelson Family Foundation. Cory’s family consists of his wife, three children and a dog. His personal motto is: "Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try." Cory really enjoys being active with his family and friends, exercising, attending live events, golfing, hunting, and traveling. A talent that most people don't know about Cory is that he is a self-proclaimed good dancer (though his wife may disagree a bit). He has also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. When he was growing up, he wanted to be a third baseman for the Chicago White Sox; which is ironic as he later grew up to be a Cubs fan. Co-workers would likely describe Cory as a glass half full type person, typically trying to make light of any situation. Someone who is motivated, never late and likes to be the life of the party.
Jared is passionate about the younger generations in the Greater Madison Area, and providing an opportunity to use athletics and fitness as a means to a better future. Being involved in a charity group focused on providing for our youth organizations in Dane County only seemed logical. Jared is married with twin daughters. Something people might not know about Jared is that he was a musician through high school and thoroughly enjoys listening to and engaging with music. Jared's personal motto is: "Evolution is a must for success."
Matt has lived in Sun Prairie his whole life and after he graduated college and moved back to the area he was looking for a way to give back to the community. When another member told him about 100 Men of Dane County, he thought this was the perfect way to help give back, so he decided to jump right in and become a member. Matt is an active member of the community and is also involved with other local nonprofits such as Sunshine Place, Younglife, YMCA. Co-workers would likely describe Matt as being helpful and caring, always trying to help out any way he can. He has two personal motto's that he lives by: “Life is what you make it!” and “Go big or go home!” Overall, Matt’s favorite activity is Crossfit! But he loves being out on the water and having fun wake-boarding, skiing, or driving the boat! He also loves to play basketball, football, baseball/softball, and golf.
Steve wants to give back in an intentional, impactful way, which is why he joined 100 Men of Dane County. He is of high integrity, is hardworking, and has great attention to detail. Steve enjoys playing guitar, brewing beer, and playing hockey. He also spends time sketching and drawing. He is active in the community, with involvement in Fetch WI Animal Rescue, Alex's Lemonade Stand (Childhood Cancer), Alzheimer's Association, Madison Homebrewer's and Taster's Guide, and Blackhawk Church.
When asked to join 100 Men of Dane County, Tim found the concept intriguing and decided to become a member. Tim has a wife and three children. He loves to travel, attend a variety of college and professional sporting events, and to see movies. Colleagues would most likely describe Tim as fun, hard-working, generous, a family man, and puts his faith first. Tim is presently president of the board for REACH-A-Child. He is also on the board for Buckets for Hunger, as well as Legatus.
Eric decided to be a member of 100 Men of Dane County because he loves the idea of having a large local impact. He has a wife and two children. Eric's personal motto is: "Work hard, play hard." When Eric was 10 years old, he wanted to be an astronomer when he grew up. In his down time, Eric enjoys golf, racquetball, and watching the Badgers and Packers. Other non-profits that he is affiliated with are Gilda's Club and Middleton Outreach Ministry.
Brad became a member of 100 Men of Dane County because he wanted to do his small part to make Dane County a better place to live for everyone. Brad’s personal motto is: “Keep it simple and have fun.” He enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, traveling, golfing, and watching college football and the Milwaukee Bucks. When Brad was 10 years old, he wanted to be a basketball coach and teacher like his parents when he grew up. If Brad’s colleagues had to use one word to describe him, it would probably be: Competitive. Brad’s secret talent is his lack of being handy. In fact, his wife was the one that taught him how to change a tire.
Brett's inspiration for becoming a member is his desire to give back to the community and be part of something that makes a difference. In the summer Brett enjoys wake boarding, wake surfing, volleyball, golf, and anything outside. During winter he enjoys snowboarding, snowmobiling, and sledding with his wife and two daughters. His personal motto is: "Be humble and kind." Being an active member of the community, Brett is also involved with McFarland Lions Club and McFarland Education Foundation.
After starting his business, Tyler became too busy with the everyday work, family, life balance to be able to volunteer and help charities the way he had in the past. When he went to the 100 Men of Dane Count kickoff event, he thought this would be a great way to make an impact in the lives of local families. He had been missing this aspect of giving back recently. Brian and his wife have two little girls that are the greatest joys of their lives. They always strive to teach their kids the number one lesson in life is to work hard and be kind and helpful to all people. They are also one of the main reasons for Brian becoming a member. He and his wife agree that they need to teach their kids to give back whenever possible. His favorite hobbies include running, biking, woodworking, backpacking – really, anything outdoors. Colleagues would almost certainly describe Tyler as hard working and always willing to help. Tyler’s personal motto is: “Work hard and be kind to people.”
Patrick wants to give back to the community by supporting local people who are making a difference. In addition to his 100 Men of Dane County membership, he is also affiliated with GiGi's Playhouse, Agrace HospiceCare, and Boys and Girls Club. Patrick has a wife and three children, and considers himself an open book. His personal motto is: "Do the right thing." When he was 10 years old, his dream was to be a pro football player when he grew up. Patrick enjoys boating, following the Badgers, and travel.
Geoffrey joined 100 Men of Dane County to be a part of something that collectively is bigger than anything he could do on his own. He is married with two kids and in his free time, Geoffrey enjoys spending time with his family, golf, watching football, hanging at his get-away spot in Lake Wisconsin and riding his wave runner on Lake Wisconsin. A fun fact about Geoffrey is that he served for nine years as a helicopter crewman and jet engine mechanic in the US Coast Guard. He can also juggle and ride a unicycle. When Geoffrey was 10 years old, he wanted to be an actor. His personal motto is: “Always leave the campground cleaner than you found it.” Co-workers would likely describe Geoffrey as hard working, caring, and happy. An active member of the community, Geoffrey is also affiliated with AHA, Komen, Carbone, Garding, CvsC, Agrace, AFCH, CATCH, BGC, Gilda's Club, BBBS, Gigi's Playhouse, Reach a child, Heartland Farm, First Tee, and Hope House.
Data Center Sales Executive, DELL EMC
Steve loves the concept of 100 Men of Dane County, especially being that it's geared towards children. He knows that $100k can be a game changer for a charity and he's excited to be a part of it. Steve has a wife and two sons and enjoys golf, pickleball, skiing, basketball, water sports, family vacations, and lake weekends. His personal motto is: "Good things come around for good people." Steve's involvement in the community also includes work with Our Savior's Lutheran Church (Sun Prairie) and Sacred Hearts Catholic School (Sun Prairie).
John feels that it is great to be able to be a part of something that gives large donations to local charities that are creating value right here in Madison. He has a wife and two children and believes in being open, honest, and transparent. A talent that many people may not know about John is that he is a musician - singer and songwriter. He also enjoys kite surfing, golfing, playing music, and fishing. In addition to being a member of 100 Men of Dane County, John is involved with the Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club, and Sunshine Place.
Brian and his company have a passion to serve their community. The initiative of 100 Men of Dane County lines up with his values personally, and with those of his company. Brian’s involvement with the community also includes his work with Shelter from The Storm Women's Ministries in Sun Prairie. Most people would describe his work ethic as hard working, passionate, and driven. Brian’s personal motto is: “Life is about the people in your life and experiences and moments that come with them, and not the things/stuff.” He loves traveling with his wife and wo children, participating in outdoor activities, reading, and playing golf. Something that many may not know about Brian is that he attended culinary school here in Madison, which has led to his passion for cooking, when he has the time.
Tim was looking for a grass roots way to help support the community . . . and at the same time connect with people in our community have that same passion when he decided to become a member. He has a wife and three sons and loves all things sports - golf, any Badger event, but Basketball and Football especially, and has been a Packers shareholder for 20+ years! Tim's secret talent is mixing a pretty good Bloody Mary on a Badger Saturday! He is an involved member of the community, working with YMCA of Dane County, Rotary Club of Madison (Downtown Rotary), and Coaches vs Cancer Wisconsin.
Owner, The Elm Co.
Alan was always taught that giving back to the community is one of the most important aspects of life. To be a part of a group that can impact the community in such a large way relative to his personal giving was inspirational and drew him to the cause of 100 Men of Dane County. Alan is happily married with two kids and two dogs at home. He enjoys golfing, skiing, fishing, traveling, coaching baseball and being around his family. A little known fact about Alan is that he is an expert morel mushroom hunter. His personal motto is, “Work hard, play fair, serve God.” Colleagues would likely describe Alan as being a very even-keeled personality, but extremely organized and a perfectionist across the board when approaching anything in life. Alan’s involvement in the community is also reflected in his being a board member and marketing chair for The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin and his membership in Downtown Madison Rotary.
Chris was inspired to become a member of 100 Men of Dane County because he saw it as a great and impactful way to help the community with like-minded professionals. Chris and his wife have a young son and as a couple are affiliated with several non-profits in the community. His personal motto is: “Don’t just want, ask yourself what you have to do to get what you want.” If a colleague were asked to describe Chris, they would likely say he is honest, fun, and an open book. Chris wouldn’t necessarily say that he has a secret talent, but he does consider himself a wiffleball legend (in his own mind)! Golf is his favorite pastime, but when Chris was 10 years old it was his dream to be a baseball player when he grew up.
Mike had heard about a similar organization to 100 Men of Dane County that women had organized, so when this group was brought up to him by another member, it was a no-brainer. His family consists of his wife and three children and his favorite hobbies are golf, music, fishing, and traveling. Mike’s personal motto is: “Everyone needs ‘team’ in their life.” Colleagues would describe Mike as energetic, passionate, and a good communicator. When he was 10 years old, Mike aspired to be The President of the United States when he grew up.
Clint's inspiration for becoming a member of 100 Men of Dane County was his desire to start giving back more to the community in a really impactful manner. He is married with two children and enjoys golf and sporting events. Colleagues would most likely describe Clint as being friendly and trustworthy. If you were to join him for happy hour, his order of choice would be Death's Door Gimlet.