Ron Nielsen


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Ron’s Diverse Business Experience

  • Over 30 years of diversified business experience. Led Financial and Human Capital Management functions in a $2.3 billion subsidiary of a Fortune 500 manufacturer. Served as General Manager of privately held, $8.1 million Corporation. Background in: Strategic & Financial Planning, Budgeting, Compensation, Employee Benefits, Recruitment, Succession Planning, Safety, Employee Relations and Payroll. Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt Trained.
  • Using principles of Lean Manufacturing, led Operational Management Team that reduced costs and cycle times by 27%.
  • Directed Human Resources for seven international locations, large manufacturing plant and distribution center with over 1,700 employees. Managed domestic employee benefit plans, reducing healthcare costs by 7.5%. Re-engineered recruitment processes, reducing the costs by over $400,000 annually. Negotiated contracts with private and public unions, resulting in over $1,000,000 annual savings. Re-emphasized safety and ergonomics producing over $200,000 savings in lost-time accidents.
  • Led the design of an employee performance management process that aligned pay with overall business goals. Developed an innovative recruiting web-site and created employment-branding strategy. Designed compensation and incentive pay plans.
  • Prepared business plans, annual budgets and 5 year strategic plans for 3 different globally marketed product lines.
  • Graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977 with a degree in Finance and an additional emphasis in marketing. Earned Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification in 2001.
  • Organizations: President of Elkhart Lake Area Chamber of Commerce; Past President (2012) Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce; Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce – Board Member; Optimal Networkers –BNI (Sheboygan Falls); Trustee Secretary – St. Thomas Aquinas Parish; Past President of the Elkhart Lake Lions (2006 & 2009); Elkhart Lake Volunteer Firefighter (over 33 years); Elected to Elkhart Lake Village Board (9 consecutive terms – 1984 to 2003)
  • Happily married to Janell. Resident of Elkhart Lake since childhood. Raised three grown children, Brad, Becky and Nikki.
  • Avid football and Green Bay Packer fan. Enjoys boating, playing golf and bowling.

Listen to Ron on the Biz Connection Radio Show Saturday Mornings @ 11:00 on 1420 AM “The Breeze”