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Wisconsin In-Person Event | Creating a Highly Effective Board – Who to Select and How to Find Them!
The University Club – 6th Floor
924 E Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT
Category: Wisconsin

02:00 PM - 04:00 PM (Pacific)
03:00 PM - 05:00 PM (Mountain)
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM (Central)
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM (Eastern)


Please note that this is an in-person program only. Registration is required. Easy access to complimentary parking in the adjacent parking structure

$25  Members Registration Fee
$45  Non-Member Registration Fee

Key Times

4:00 PM   Registration
4:30 PM   Discussion
5:30 PM   Networking


A high performing board will drive strategy and bring new perspectives to the executive team. Determining the talent to bring to your board and finding the most qualified directors with complimentary personalities and skill sets can be a challenge. Join us for a conversation with Maureen Hurd, Principal of HurdMcNally a private and family held business board and executive recruitment firm,  and Joe Fazio, CEO of Commerce State Bank and our Wisconsin Chapter President, to understand how to determine the talent you need to make your board highly effective, where to find qualified directors, and real-life lessons learned about the criticality of bringing the best people to the board table. Whether you are a CEO looking to start a board, increase the effectiveness of your current board, or someone seeking a director position on a private company board, this session will be highly informative to help you reach your goals

Thank you to our National Sponsors!




Maureen Hurd
Core Business Solutions and Principal, HurdMcNally 

Maureen Hurd is a Partner in HurdMcNally, a Board of Director search firm, specializing in search, selection and placement of Independent Board Members for privately-owned companies in the upper Midwest since 2013. Maureen has written and co-written several articles on Effective Private Company Boards and Characteristics/Qualifications of high-performing Independent Directors.

Maureen is also the Founder/Owner of Core Business Solutions, a Milwaukee-based executive search firm specializing in recruiting executives and high-potential leaders for privately-owned companies since 2001.

Equally important to her professional work is giving back to the community. Maureen has served on a non-profit board the past 4 years which supports female college students’ growth as servant leaders.

Maureen is a native of Janesville, WI and received a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Maureen has been a member of the Private Director’s Association since 2014. 


Joe Fazio
Co-founder, Board Chairman and CEO
Commerce State Bank  

Joe Fazio Co-founder, Board Chairman and CEO of Commerce State Bank, a De Novo bank, opened in 2005 that has grown to $830 million of assets. Prior to founding the bank, Joe led a privately-held marketing company, was Director of Corporate Marketing for Metavante (now FIS), led Personal Trust Administration for M&I Trust Company (now BMO), and held several sales and management positions with IBM. He is a 1983 graduate of St. Norbert College, and in 1988 earned his master’s degree from Edgewood College. Joe is the author of the book, “This Might Be Dumb Question, But How Does Money Work?”.

Joe was elected to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Board of Directors in 2017. He is a past Director of the Wisconsin Bankers Association and has served as an elected official for the City of Cedarburg. He is the Past President of the Greater Cedarburg Community Foundation, and co-Chaired the 2018 United Way of Washington County Campaign. He has also served on the boards of several other area non-profits.



Marilyn Thiet
President and CEO
EDGE Performance Acceleration


Marilyn Thiet is the President and CEO of EDGE Performance Acceleration. Marilyn is a board experienced, strategic business leader with a track record of being able to bring people together, collaborate, and grow revenues. Marilyn has over 25 years of professional experience in leadership, sales, marketing, commercial operations, channel distribution, executive coaching, and leadership development. She spent much of her career working for GE Healthcare where she led Talent Development for the Commercial Organization for North America. Marilyn founded EDGE Performance Acceleration which specializes in strategic planning and executive coaching, leadership team optimization and development. With extensive experience in healthcare, Marilyn works with executive and physician leaders at some of the largest healthcare systems throughout the United States.

Marilyn currently serves on the Advisory Board of Nassco, Inc., a janitorial and packaging distribution company. She is also the past Chair of the Board for Kathy’s House, a non-profit Hospital Hospitality House located in Milwaukee. She is a faculty member for the Global Institute of Organizational Coaching and is a member of the Harvard Institute for Coaching. Marilyn is a member of Milwaukee Women, Inc. and Tempo Milwaukee, a select organization of Milwaukee area female business leaders. She serves on the Congressional Advocacy Team for the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Association.