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Oct. 1, 2004

Business Alumni David Elsen, Brian Johnson, and Lois Krause Inducted into UW-Eau Claire Hall of Honor

David Elsen ’85, '87
David Elsen, product manager for information technology with Schneider National Inc., Green Bay, earned both office administration and management information systems degrees from UW-Eau Claire in 1985 and 1987, respectively.

Elsen has worked for Schneider National in various positions since 1987. Schneider National is North America's largest truckload carrier and logistics provider, with more than 20,000 employees and revenues in excess of $3 billion. In his current position, Elsen is responsible for aligning Schneider's information technology needs with its overall corporate strategy. The re-engineering of Schneider's driver communication processes and the redesign of the firm's Web site are examples of the numerous projects in which he's had a leadership role.

Elsen is a founding member of the UW-Eau Claire College of Business MIS advisory committee, has been a guest speaker to the UW-Eau Claire chapter of the Society of Information Management and is active with university's Ask An Alum program. He hosts UW-Eau Claire faculty and students as guests at Schneider National's headquarters and started the Schneider National IT internship program with UW-Eau Claire in 1990. Elsen also has been a volunteer with Junior Achievement in the Green Bay area.

Brian Johnson ’80
Brian Johnson, a 1980 business administration graduate of UW-Eau Claire, is executive vice president of Michels Corp., Brownsville, one of North America's largest and most recognized utility engineering and construction contractors. He has been with Michels Corp. since 1987, where he began as vice president of finance. Previously he was credit manager and vice president of finance for Michels Financial Corp. and a lease pricing subspecialist/credit manager for ITT Industrial Credit in St. Paul, Minn.

As executive vice president, Johnson assists the Michels Corp. president, directors and operating vice presidents in the company's management, leadership and overall operation. Some of his areas of involvement in setting policy and giving direction include capital finance, corporate acquisitions, large contract negotiation, risk assessment and management, mediation, and oversight of several subsidiary companies.

Johnson also is active as a volunteer, serving as president of the Wisconsin Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Foundation and chairman of the Fond du Lac Community Collaboration Committee. He led the formation of both organizations. He also is a member of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Business and Information Technology Advisory Committee and a board member of the UW-Fond du Lac Foundation. He was the 1999 Future Business Leaders of America National Business Person of the Year, and he received the 2002 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's Business and Education Partnership Award.

Lois Krause '76
Lois (Slaby) Krause, the first in her family to go on to college after high school, is a 1976 accounting graduate of UW-Eau Claire. She was the first female CPA hired by her first employer in Milwaukee. In 1979 she began working for Bertelson Co. in Eau Claire, which in 1987 merged with Wipfli LLP, the nation's 17th largest CPA firm with more than 600 employees and 87 partners. In 1987, Krause was the second woman to be named a partner with the firm. At Wipfli, Krause works primarily with small businesses that need an accountant as part of their teams.

Krause was the 2002 campaign chairperson for the United Way of Greater Eau Claire, an effort that raised $1.6 million for the people of the Chippewa Valley. She currently serves as board chairperson for the United Way of Greater Eau Claire.

Krause also is a member of the Business Advisory Council for the UW-Eau Claire College of Business and a member of the Bolton Refuge House board of directors. She previously served on the strategic planning committee of the Catholic Area Schools of the Eau Claire Deanery and is past chairperson of the western Wisconsin chapter of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

- UW-Eau Claire News Bureau