Kurt R. Bauer became just 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 a member of the Council of State Manufacturers Associations Executive Committee, Council of State Chambers of Commerce, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee, National Association of Manufacturers Board of Directors and Political Action Committee, Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment, Wisconsin Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the Fix the Debt Wisconsin Steering Committee.

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