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Executive Director Steve Kohlmann


Steve Kohlmann
Executive Director

Mr. Kohlmann has been contracted through his firm, Kohlmann Management Group, as Executive Director for the IBAW. Steve has been involved with the organization for the past fourteen years where he has served on various committees, as a past president, and now as executive director.

As Executive Director he oversees day to day operations of the IBAW including programming, member relations, marketing & communications, website, strategic alliances, outreach, and fundraising.

Previously Steve was with Heritage Printing / Cultivate Communications in Brookfield contributing to the development of campaign strategies, determining project timelines, managing the production process and planning for significant initiatives including interactive and direct marketing, consumer and business-to-business advertising campaigns. His experience covers a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, technology, medical, nonprofit and service industries. Prior to Heritage, he oversaw sales & marketing for a mid-sized printing/manufacturing firm in Milwaukee.

Steve has been a regularly featured speaker at the Milwaukee Biz Times Expo on Marketing & Communications and has sat as a member of the Business Advisory Council for Special Needs Adoption and United Cerebral Palsy Association of Southeastern Wisconsin. Recently he joined the board of directors for The Wisconsin Club and chairs the Club's membership committee as well. 

Steve is active in his community of the Town of Brookfield sitting on the Tax Assessment Board of Review for the Town and is on the board of the Community Development Authority (CDA) which oversees the $250 million dollar retail development in Waukesha County known as “The Corners of Brookfield.” 

Presently Steve is a Supervisor for the Town and also sits as a member of the Town's Architectural Control Board and Personnel Committee.


With Senator Ron Johnson

CNBC Commentator and 

Director of Economic Council, Larry Kudlow

Meeting with Speaker of the House, 

Paul Ryan in Washington D.C..

Former National Security Advisor KT McFarland and executive Director Steve Kohlmann

With KT McFarland,

 Former National Security Advisor

Meeting with the Small Business Administration team out of Washington D.C.

Briefing with the Waukesha County Board discussing the issues small business owner face.

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