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Executive Director Steve Kohlmann

Senator Ron Johnson with Steve Kohlmann

With Senator Ron Johnson

Economic Advisor Larry Kudlow with Executive Director Steve Kohlmann

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

KT McFarland,

 Former National Security Advisor 


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, 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.


Yes, there are other business organizations. 

One is unique. IBAW.

Business owners and entrepreneurs often find themselves stuck on a hamster wheel of building a business. A lot of running but getting nowhere. Being a business owner, involved with entrepreneurship or sales can be very isolating at times, and it's hard to find like-minded individuals to share that experience. Nevertheless, you always have to keep learning, growing and evolving.

If you feel the heaviness of building a business but yearn for the lightness of being a beginner again, join us! We have the people and programs to help you.

IBAW has spent time carefully curating incredible programming and attracting the right individuals to our organization. While people come to our events for content,  they leave with something far more

Just like an investor investing in a business, IBAW invests in people because we believe amazing people become increasingly amazing over time.

The IBAW model is to be a boutique business organization and to dedicate itself to supporting and serving an intimate group of business individuals. These people value legacy over currency. They know good is the enemy of great, that life is a marathon, not a sprint, and are never satisfied with "good enough."

But more importantly, they are not afraid to sacrifice and are willing to help others with who they are...and who they want to become.

These are the type of people committed to the IBAW.  Is that you?

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