Business Badgers Who Work in Unexpected Places

Katie Lorenz, founder of Campo Alpaca, surrounded by alpacas in the hills of Peru

“With my company, Campo Alpaca, I get to work all around Peru. Some of our suppliers live 5,000 meters up in the Ausangate Mountains with their alpacas. Campo has teams in Arequipa, Ausangate, Cusco, and Lima. I travel to Peru four times per year to create and pick up new products. Peru is an extraordinary country, with so many different ecosystems, cultures, and things to experience.”

—Katie Lorenz (BBA ’12)
Manager and Founder, Campo Alpaca

Four children explore a fountain exhibit at the Madison Children's Museum

“The Madison Children's Museum is a unique, creative, wonder-filled place in the heart of downtown Madison. We take play seriously, nurturing children’s creativity and curiosity through custom exhibits and programs. ‘Aha!’ moments happen at every turn as children and parents discover, create, and learn how to problem solve together.”

—Dani Luckett (MA ’04)
Director of Development, Madison Children's Museum

joseline nyinawabera

“I work at the Wisconsin School of Business as a marketing strategist. From working in the CPG industry at Mondelez International, to owning my own businesses, I never thought I’d end up working right back here in Grainger Hall! Every day I am able to use my skills to help promote a place and a community I’m passionate about.”

—Joseline Nyinawabera (BBA ’13)
Marketing Strategist, Wisconsin School of Business

david fruchtman

“My family and I lived in Israel’s Carmel Mountains, just south of Haifa. Fourteen years ago, my wife, our children, and I moved from Chicago to Israel. To do so, I resigned as the partner in charge of state and local taxation at a large Chicago law firm, but continued my U.S. state and local tax practice from Israel before returning to the U.S. in spring of 2019 to join my current firm.”

—David Fruchtman (BBA ’85)
Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

mike forbes and a group of his Alter Eco employees

“I’ve spent most of my career working with farmers who make exceptional food. Since November 2018 I’ve been CEO of Alter Eco, a San Francisco-based chocolate company that makes chocolate bars and truffles. Our company is fair trade, carbon neutral, and organic. I love the passion and commitment of our team to make the world a better place. Nothing goes overlooked; if you come to our office and inadvertently throw compostable waste into the landfill bin, you will be corrected!”

—Mike Forbes (BBA ’99)
CEO, Alter Eco

“I own Ruckus & Glee, a children’s specialty toy store in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. We are a local store that sells toys you may not find at larger retailers. We are a hands-on retailer in that we believe kids should try the toys in our store before buying them. I am lucky I have the opportunity to work in a place that I created and that challenges me and provides happiness for so many kids.”

—Matthew Poulson (MA ’01)
Owner, Ruckus & Glee LLC

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Rollie Heath (BBA ’59)

and his wife, Josie, were honored on October 9 by Great Education Colorado for their impact on the community. The breadth of their contributions can be seen in the organizations they have founded and supported, including the Community Foundation of Boulder County, the Public Education Business Coalition, the Women’s Foundation, the Colorado Community College System, and the World Trade Center. Formerly, Heath was a member of the Wisconsin School of Business' Dean’s Advisory Board and served as a Colorado state senator from 2015-2017. More Class Notes »

Nick Millot (BBA ’12)

was named one of Chicago Crain’s "20 in Their 20s." Now vice president of development at Related Midwest, Millot oversees some of the biggest projects in Chicago real estate, including One Bennett Park, a new 70-story luxury residential tower in Streeterville, and 400 Lake Shore Drive, a $1 billion mixed-use proposal that features residential units, the expansion of the Chicago Riverwalk, and the development of a public park. Prior to joining Related Midwest in 2013, Millot worked in the Real Estate Banking Group for Wells Fargo.More Class Notes »

Pamela Hart (BBA ’90, JD ’02)

became executive director of the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School in June 2019. She was the first person to develop and teach an animal law course at the University of Chicago Law School, as well as at UW–Madison. She is also a co-founder of Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims, a Dane County nonprofit dedicated to recognizing the role of animals in family violence. Hart lives in Middleton, Wisconsin. More Class Notes »