Kurt R. Bauer became the fifth head of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) in 2011. Founded in 1911, WMC is the combined Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Manufacturers’ Association and the Wisconsin Safety Council. WMC represents 3,800 employers of all sizes and from every sector of the economy.

Prior to joining WMC, Bauer spent 18 years working for financial industry trade groups, including serving as CEO for both the Wisconsin and Arizona Bankers Associations.

Bauer is the current Chair of the Council of State Manufacturers Associations, and is also a member of the National Association of Manufacturers Board of Directors, Council of State Chambers of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee, the University of Wisconsin System Business Advisory Council, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business, and Labor.

Bauer is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.