2016 Inductee:

Dan Ariens HOF

Daniel T. Ariens

Chairman & CEO
Ariens Company

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Dan Ariens, great-grandson of company founder Henry Ariens, joined the company in 1983 and became President and CEO in 1998. Since that time, Dan’s leadership has been defined by a set of five core values and 15 management principles that clearly outline management expectations. His core values are simple and unwavering: be fair, be honest, respect the individual, keep our commitments and encourage intellectual curiosity. Dan demonstrates his commitment to his employees and community through his support of Ariens’ strong safety programs.

Dan plays leadership roles in the Wisconsin business community, serving on several Boards of Directors for educational entities, for-profit companies and non-profit economic development groups in the state, including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Authority Board (Vice Chair), Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and the NEW North. He also holds a position on the Executive Committee of the Green Bay Packers’ Board of Directors.

In addition, Dan is an active participant in industry issues, having served on the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) Board of Directors since 2000, including a term as Board Chairman.

The following Individuals have been inducted in past years:





Bill Morgan President Johnsonville Sausage ZietlowDon Photo of Tim Howald Photo of Mike Swenson
 Bill Morgan
Johnsonville Sausage
Don Zietlow
CEO & Owner
Kwik Trip, Inc
.Timothy J. Howald
Chairman & CEO
Tweet/Garot Mechanical, Inc.
 Mike Swenson
Former President/CEO
Northern States Power Company-Wisconsin; Xcel Energy, Inc.





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Jim Leef
ITU, Inc.
Curtis Hoppestad
Global Director
Riding Lawn Equipment
John Deere Horicon Works
Jerry Ryder
InSinkErator Division, Emerson Appliance Solutions
Mark Glendenning
President and CEO
Inland Label and Marketing Services





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Robert Cervenka
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Phillips Plastics Corporation
Dale Schuh
Chairman, President and CEO
Sentry Insurance
John Baumann
Colony Brands, Inc.
Brad Rosenwald
Vulcan Chemicals



Tom Boldt
The Boldt Company
Erroll Davis
President and CEO
Alliant Energy/Wisconsin Power and Light Company



































In 2001, the Wisconsin Safety Council established the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame to recognize high achievement and encourage progress toward a safer and healthier Wisconsin. It symbolizes the Council’s commitment to safety and health.

An individual is inaugurated into the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame annually. The recipient is a chief executive officer (CEO), president, or other high-level operating official of an organization that has distinguished itself over a period of years for outstanding achievements in workplace and off-the-job safety and health, community service, environmental stewardship, and responsible citizenship.

The Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame is a tribute to professionals whose dedication, leadership and achievements have significantly impacted the safety and well-being of not only their employees, but Wisconsin as a whole, throughout the years.

Purposes of the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame:

  • To honor an individual whose appreciation of and concern for humanity, safety and health serves as an inspiration to others.
  • To formally acknowledge the Wisconsin Safety Council’s respect for consistent actions and achievements.
  • To congratulate and thank an outstanding leader whose enlightened efforts on behalf of employees and community maintain society’s commitment to the dignity of all people.
  • To acknowledge an individual’s achievement.

Nomination and Selection Criteria:

To be considered for the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame, an organization and its leader should have a superior record in advancing safety and health practices within their organization and industry that is consistent with the stated purposes, objectives, and mission of the Wisconsin Safety Council.

The Wisconsin Safety Council is the state’s leading provider of workplace safety training and programming. Founded in 1923, WSC is a program of the WMC Foundation and the proud state chapter of the National Safety Council.

For more information, contact WSC at 608.661.6940.