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Entrepreneur of the Year
Named at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: May 1, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Entrepreneur Program class of 2002 selected Dr. D. Wallace Weil as this year's Outstanding Chippewa Valley Entrepreneur of the Year. He will be honored at the 2002 Entrepreneur Program Celebration Banquet May 13 at Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre.
Weil, who retired from the management and marketing department in the College of Business in December 2001, was honored for his long career of teaching and business management. During his professional career, he served on the boards of 12 businesses and organizations in the U.S. and Japan, started six companies, worked full time helping five companies succeed and worked part time with partners starting another four companies.
A World War II decorated veteran, Weil earned his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and a law degree from Willamette University, Salem, Ore. In 1952 he started a forging business and then helped turn around a struggling foundry business in southern Wisconsin. After 12 years with that business, he joined the business faculty at UW-Eau Claire. He planned to teach for a year but went on to earn tenure and served as department chair.
After six years in Eau Claire he was asked to help turn around a, floundering company, Diversified Industries of St. Louis. In 1981 he took charge of a California company he had helped to start. In 1985 he and his partners sold the business, and he returned to UW-Eau Claire.
Weil, who earned two Excellence in Teaching awards before retiring, says he is proud of his days working and teaching and hopes his entrepreneurial spirit lives on in the students he taught. He urges students to carry their entrepreneurial tendencies into all aspects of their lives.
For more information about the UW-Eau Claire Entrepreneur Program, contact James N. Pathos, Executive-in-Residence of the UW-Eau Claire Entrepreneur Program, (715) 836-5829.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 1, 2002