Webinar | CEOs Respond to COVID-19

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Tuesday, May 05, 2020
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM CST

Zoom Invitation Will Be Shared the Day of the Event





The Chairman/CEOs represent three “essential” industries including building supply, multi-national manufacturing, and the food industry.  The Chairman/CEOs will discuss several challenges and trends they see from a pinnacle vantage position within their industries.  Select “responding” topics will include the following:

  • CDC guidelines
  • Employee health and welfare challenges
  • National and Mexico supply chain issues
  • After the Crisis



Joseph S. Poehling
Chairman & CEO
Prometheus Group, Inc.

Joseph Poehling is the Chairman of the Prometheus Group, the holding company of First Supply, Gerhards Kitchen and Bath Stores, The Kohler Signature Stores, Parkk Real Estate and other related companies. First Supply is a distributor of plumbing, heating, industrial, utility, pump, well and building supplies, while the Kitchen and Bath Stores are available for the consumer to make their product selections. They server contractors, industrial, home centers and consumers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Western Iowa, Northern Illinois and the Upper-Peninsula of Michigan. The companies employ 600 people at 28 distribution operations, 1 CDC operation and 18 retail stores and does approximately $300 million in sales annually. 


Lawrence M. Molinari
Perlick Corporation

Larry Molinari is a on the Board of Directors of the Perlick Corporation and represents the fourth generation of family members involved with the business.  Perlick is a manufacturer of Commercial and Residential refrigerators and freezers.  In addition on the commercial side Perlick produces a complimentary line of under bar stainless steel and beverage dispensing products found in bars, restaurants and stadium worldwide.

Larry served as the Co-CEO for 20 years and since retiring from day to day management four years ago Perlick has dramatically increased the role of the board in the business.  We have a very active advisory board composed of senior leaders from other businesses.  We have also increase the involvement of the fifth generation of the Perlick family with a family council.

Larry has an undergraduate business degree from the University of Virginia’s McIntyre School of Commerce.  In addition he has an MBA from the University of Toronto.  Larry also is the Moderator (board chair) of his church.


Bob Buddig
Carl Buddig & Co.

Robert Buddig is part of a sibling team that, along with several nonfamily Board members, manages Carl Buddig and Company based in Homewood, Illinois (a southwest suburb of Chicago).

Carl Buddig and Company is a 77-year old 3rd generation meat company that produces Carl Buddig lunch meats, Old Wisconsin sausage, Kingsford ribs and BBQ, as well as, many retailer’s private labels. Carl Buddig serves all channels including retail, convenient/drug stores, Big Box, Club, and Foodservice throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company operates out of ten facilities in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, and has approximately 2,550 employees. Robert and his siblings have been involved with the Loyola Family Business Center for approximately 25 years, and have held several leadership roles in the Center at Board and Chairman Level.



Steven R. Barth
Foley & Lardner LLP

Steven R. Barth is a Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP where he is a member of the firm's Management Committee. Steve practices in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, leveraged recapitalizations and buyouts; venture capital and private equity fund formation and portfolio company investment; public and private offerings of equity and debt securities; public corporation securities laws and reporting compliance; corporate governance; and the organization, development and financing of startup and development stage corporations. Steve also has extensive experience in counseling mid-market and closely held firms, including many family businesses. He has helped many mid-sized companies adopt and implement their strategic plans and transition ownership and management to the next family generation. Steve has represented buyers, sellers, investors, and intermediaries in over 600 business combination transactions aggregating over $20.0 billion. He has worked on deals both domestically and internationally, involving both publicly held and private corporations, over a broad range of industries.