President's CEO Breakfast Series

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Silver Lake College invites you to attend the fourth annual President’s CEO Breakfast Series. This series presents a unique opportunity for professional growth by bringing four dynamic speakers to campus to address topics of vital interest to business leaders. In viewing the series below, you’ll notice an exceptional lineup, including the subject of the popular 2002 film, “Catch Me If You Can,” Frank Abagnale. Make your reservations soon as space is limited.

Sponsor a young professional

The program also offers opportunities to provide leadership development for those in the early years of their careers, who often have tight budgets or work for not-for-profit organizations. The cost is just $95 to sponsor a young professional and includes all four sessions. Silver Lake College will collaborate with local businesses and not-for-profits to select these recipients. Sponsors will have a chance to personally meet the young professionals they have sponsored and the sponsoring individuals or businesses will be recognized on the event program and in slides shown during registration.

Event format

7:00 a.m. Check-in

7:15 a.m. Breakfast buffet opens

7:30 a.m. Guests seated

7:45 a.m. Program begins

8:30 a.m. Program concludes


In addition to being the featured speaker at the first breakfast on Oct. 4, Frank Abagnale will host a seminar from 9–10:30 a.m. Doors open at 8:45 a.m.


Tickets are $100 per person for series or $30 per person each program.

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Click here to purchase your tickets for the President's CEO Breakfast Series or for each event held at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road in Manitowoc.


SLC President’s CEO Breakfast offers stellar speaker line-up

The President’s CEO Breakfast Series at Silver Lake College will feature four speakers, representing diverse fields, who will speak on various topics of interest to the business community.


Frank Abagnale

Renowned Cybersecurity and Fraud Prevention Expert, Bestselling Author and Subject of “Catch Me If You Can”

Oct. 4, 2017

7:00 a.m. “Catch Me If You Can” (Breakfast Presentation)

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9:00 a.m. “The Art of the Steal” (Seminar)

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Join us for an intimate breakfast program with Frank Abagnale and stay for a complimentary seminar. Tickets to the breakfast program are available to the first 160 registered. The ticketed seminar is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register for the breakfast now to reserve your seat! Abagnale’s transformation from one of the world’s most notorious con men to an international cybersecurity expert trusted by the FBI has been mythologized in film and literature — but the takeaways he shares are the real deal. On Oct. 4, 2017, he will present “Catch Me If You Can” during the President’s CEO Breakfast Series and a seminar titled, “The Art of the Steal,” afterwards in the Bob and Pat Endries Performance Hall at Silver Lake College.

Abagnale’s contributions to the world of security are immeasurable. He has become a hero to hundreds of public and private sector organizations for his indispensable counsel and strategic insight on safeguarding information systems and combating cyber fraud.

With an eye on the latest techniques developed by tech-savvy criminals to deceive and defraud, Abagnale leaves audiences with a deep understanding of today’s evolving security landscape and, more importantly, a vision of how to make the world a safer place.

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Nilaksh Kothari

CEO and General Manager, Manitowoc Public Utilities

Dec. 6, 2017

“Anchor of the Communities – Balancing Utility Success and Employee Morale”

Buy Now Kothari, the CEO and general manager of Manitowoc Public Utilities (MPU) and managing director of Great Lakes Utilities, both located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, will present, “Anchor of the Communities – Balancing Utility Success and Employee Morale on Dec. 6, 2017.”

Kothari has more than 30 years of experience in the utility sector. MPU is the largest municipally owned electric utility and the sixth largest water utility in Wisconsin, with total annual revenues of $80 million. The utility serves both retail and wholesale water and electric customers. Kothari is responsible for directing all aspects of MPU’s operation, its 90 employees and more than $350 million in assets. Facilities include an 85 megawatt coal-fired generation plant, a 25.0 megawatt combustion turbine facility and a 35.0 million gallon per day microfiltration plant.

Kothari is past president of American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW). He currently serves as a board member for the American Public Power Association (APPA). He also is the recipient of the AWWA George Warren Fuller Award.

Kothari received a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering in 1985 from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda, India in 1983. He is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin. His professional memberships and affiliations include the Great Lakes Utilities, American Water Works Association, American Public Power Association, Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin, Municipal Environmental Group – Water, Water Research Foundation, the American Society of Civil Engineers, EcoSan Foundation, and Rotary.


Wendy Schuler

Vice President–Finance and Treasurer, Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company

Feb. 28, 2018

“Tone at the Top”

Buy Now Schuler, vice president–finance and treasurer at Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, will speak about “Tone at the Top” on Feb. 28, 2018.

At Acuity, she is responsible for financial and tax reporting, investment portfolio oversight and banking relationships. She chairs the officer investment, enterprise risk management and budget committees. She also co-chairs the Acuity 401(k) plan committee and is a member of the Acuity Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Schuler joined the company in June 1988 as a staff accountant. In May 1993, she became a certified public accountant. Over the years, she has held various positions at Acuity including controller of subsidiaries, director of internal audit and controller before being named vice president of finance and treasurer in December 2003.

Schuler earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Silver Lake College and is a past board member of the college. She also is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Louis P. Gentine II

CEO, Sargento Foods, Inc.

May 2, 2018

“Sargento: Family, Stakeholders & Innovation”

Buy Now P. Gentine II, chief executive officer of Sargento Foods, Inc., a Plymouth, Wisconsin food producer best known for its cheese, will present, “Sargento: Familiy, Stakeholders & Innovation,” on May 2, 2018. As a third-generation family owner, Gentine has worked at the company in many capacities – from washing trucks during high school to working on the production lines and in accounts receivable and retail sales during college. Following family succession rules, Gentine worked outside of the company as a commercial lender at American National Bank in Chicago for three years following his graduation from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.  He completed his Master of Business Administration at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois and returned to Sargento, gaining additional experience with management roles in marketing, production and procurement.  Following several promotions, Gentine assumed the position of chief executive officer in October 2013.

Gentine is married to Paula. They have four children and live in Plymouth, Wisconsin.  In addition to being involved in many community activities, Gentine is the treasurer for the National Cheese Institute, serves on the board of directors for the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce and is the president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.