UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus to feature world-renowned speaker Fred Hochberg on ‘Small Business Growth Strategies in Rural Communities’


Event is sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center for Public Leadership

Marinette, WI – The University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, Marinette Campus is excited to welcome Fred Hochberg, the former Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) to speak to the community. Hochberg’s presentation is part of the Tommy G. Thompson Center for Public Leadership speaker series and will address “Small Business Growth Strategies in Rural Communities.” The event will be held on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Herbert L. Williams Theatre on the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus. Registration for the event is open.

Fred P. Hochberg is a seasoned business executive and government leader, who has navigated organizations through rough waters and brought them to new heights. He recently concluded eight years of service as Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), where he became the longest serving Chairman in the agency’s history and one of the highest-ranking LGBT Americans in any U.S. administration. Previously, he was Acting Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Dean of the Milano School at the New School. Before entering public service, Hochberg spent almost two decades leading his family’s direct marketing business, Lillian Vernon, where he oversaw a 40-fold increase in revenue.

Hochberg brings incredible knowledge surrounding customer focus and global business expansion. At this session, he’ll share his experience as Acting Administrator of the SBA in the Clinton administration, where he quadrupled lending to minority- and woman-owned businesses and rapidly improved response times for American small business owners; and prior to that, his wisdom as the long-time president and chief operating officer of the Lillian Vernon Corporation, where he led the transformation of a small, family-owned mail order company into an international, publicly traded direct marketing corporation. Leading the company for 18 years, Hochberg oversaw a nearly 40-fold increase in annual revenue, from $5 million in 1975 to $180 million in 1993.

To register for the event, please visit www.thompsoncenter.wisc.edu/event/small-business-growth-strategies-in-rural-communities

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Marinette Campus

UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus offers students in the region and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan a start on more than 200 academic programs within the UW System. Small class sizes ensure personalized attention and help to smooth the transition to college. Scholarships, in combination with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state — including in-state tuition for qualified students coming from Michigan’s U.P. – make a UW education accessible to all. Situated on 36 acres along the historic shoreline of the bay of Green Bay, the Marinette Campus is a beautiful place to learn and grow. Here, students engage with award-winning faculty, cheer on state-champion athletes, attend amazing theater productions, live at home or on campus and prepare for completion of their bachelor’s degree. The Marinette Campus is part of the four-campus University of Wisconsin-Green Bay community, with campuses in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan.

About UW-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving more than 9,800 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 80,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre- college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2021, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


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