Mentor Bios

Emily Bradley 
First Business Bank

As the Director of Talent Acquisition, Emily manages the recruiting function for First Business focusing on attracting, hiring, and retaining top talent across the country.  She is passionate about advocating for young professionals and helping in their development as the future leaders of our community.  Emily has been with First Business for over 12 years, and prior to joining the bank worked with the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Business as a Career Advisor for undergraduate students.

Emily received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, majoring in Business-Human Resources with a minor in Psychology.  She went on to earn her Masters of Education degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis with a focus on Higher Education Administration.  She holds her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society in Human Resources – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designations.

She is also a proud alumni of the In Business Madison “40 Under 40” 2011 class.

Professional and community involvement has been important in Emily’s career, and she has served as an active member of several organizations.  Emily has been part of the Wisconsin Association of Colleges & Employers since 2005, serving several leadership positions on their board including President.  She has also been very involved with the United Way of Dane County, serving as the Employee Campaign Manager since 2007 and leads a $125,000+ campaign annually for First Business.  She has been active with the Rosenberry Society & Key Club, and is loving the opportunity she now has to include her children in volunteering and giving back to the community.

Emily lives in Madison with her husband and two boys (ages 4 and 7).  As a busy working mom – you can find her bouncing between work, school activities at Queen of Peace, the baseball diamond and soccer field, and trying to squeeze in a little self-care at a yoga studio.

Emily’s Book Recommendation:  ReGENERATION: A Manifesto For America’s Next Leaders by Rebecca Ryan

Tim Carey 
T 5 Real Estate

Tim is the principal of T5 Real Estate Solutions, a commercial real estate development, investment and brokerage firm.   Prior to forming T5, Tim spent 15 years in the real estate capital markets arena with Heller Real Estate Finance and Cohen Financial, and was also the president of Greenway Properties, where he orchestrated a sale of the company to a private REIT.

Tim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with majors in real estate and corporate finance.  He is a current board member of Monona Bank and WOW Logistics and has been very engaged in his community through various board and committee roles including Middleton Outreach Ministry, Middleton Athletic Department, and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. Tim spends his spare time with his wife and two children and engages in a variety of endurance athletic events.

Tim’s Book Recommendation: Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss

Tim Cleary
Ideal Builders

Tim Cleary has more than 15 years of experience in the construction and real estate industry as a business advisor to firms throughout the upper Midwest. In his role at Ideal Builders, Tim is primarily engaged in a variety of duties including corporate leadership, client development, sales and marketing, community involvement and employee development. Prior to joining Ideal Builders, Cleary was Vice President of Sales and Partner at M3 Insurance in Madison.

Cleary graduated with a business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. He is very active in the community, serving on the Executive Committee and Advisory Board for the UW Carbone Cancer Center and Board of Directors of Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM). He also served as past president of the Associate Council for the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association and Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin board member. Cleary has been recognized for his work and non-profit endeavors. He was among in Business’ 40-Under-40 in Madison and named Service Provider of the Year by The Daily Reporter. Past philanthropic efforts include time with the local events for Susan G Komen, Habitat for Humanity, Project Home and numerous events supporting Carbone Cancer Center and American Family Children’s Hospital, Garding Against Cancer and other related causes. Cleary lives in the Madison-area with his wife and four sons. He enjoys youth baseball, football and basketball, as well as traveling with his family.

Tim’s Book Recommendation: Upside: Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead by Kenneth Gronbach

Len Devaisher
Old National Bank 

Len Devaisher serves as Region CEO of Old National’s Wisconsin Region and a member of the Executive Leadership Group.

Devaisher joined Old National in 2000 and served as a Commercial Relationship Manager until he was promoted to lead the Bank’s Indianapolis commercial team. Devaisher took a leave of absence from Old National in 2010 and relocated to Tanzania to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of Young Life Africa for a three-year term.

Devaisher serves on the boards of Downtown Madison, Inc.; Madison Region Economic Partnership, and UnityPoint Health Meriter Foundation. He has been an active volunteer with Young Life and the United Way.

Devaisher holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Evansville, where he was honored as the Distinguished Young Alumnus in 2010.  He has attended executive education programs through the Wharton School, the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Len and his wife, Laura, reside in Verona and have two children. Len enjoys travel, introducing friends to friends, and the performing arts.

Len’s Book Recommendation: Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting out of the Box

Greg Dombrowski
Johnson Bank

Greg Dombrowski has served as President of Johnson Bank-Madison since its inception in 1996.  Prior to starting the Madison operation, Greg held roles in commercial banking and in public accounting at KPMG Peat Marwick.  Greg is a certified public accountant and holds a MBA from the University of Wisconsin and Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from St. Ambrose University.  He also has a degree from the ABA Graduate School of Commercial Lending.

Greg serves on the boards of United Way, Overture Center and Wisconsin Public Television.  Prior board service includes Meriter Foundation, Catholic Charities and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has also served as Campaign Chair for United Way and Co-Chair of the Boy Scouts Capital Campaign.

When not in Madison, Greg and MaryAnn enjoy heading up north to relax and water ski, or trekking out west to visit their two boys and hike, camp or ski in the mountains.

Greg’s Book Recommendation:  Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden

Jim Hartlieb
First Business Bank

Jim is President of First Business Bank (FBB). Prior to joining FBB in 2009, Jim was the Regional President for WI for AMCORE Bank for 12 years.

Jim remains active in the community with roles with organizations such as the United Way of Dane County, Catholic Charities and St. Maria Goretti.  He has previously served on boards or volunteered with the March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Middleton Outreach Ministry and The Atwood Goodman Center.

Jim is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he was an Academic All-American quarterback for the Iowa football team.

Jim’s Book Recommendation: Inside out Coaching by Joe Ehrmann

Kim Herlitzka
Baker Tilly Search & Staffing, LLC

Kim is a Principal with Baker Tilly Search & Staffing, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. BT Search & Staffing focuses on helping clients find and evaluate accounting talent at all levels—from CFO to clerical level accountants. As a Principal and Financial Recruiter for the organization, she manages relationships with clients and candidates, works to build business development opportunities, oversees a team of direct hire recruiters and temporary staffing professionals, and leads the Madison and Appleton offices.

Kim graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Finance and she has been with Baker Tilly for 22 years. While at the firm, Kim has led the firm wide GROW (Growth & Retention of Women) Committee and she is currently involved in the firm wide DIBS (Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for Success) Committee.  She is active in FEI (Financial Executives International), United Way Tocqueville Society and Our Lady Queen of Peace school. She is a Leadership Greater Madison alum.

Kim and her husband have two daughters, 12 and 8. In her free time, Kim can be found spectating on the sidelines of soccer, volleyball, track, dance, choir or band.  She also enjoys running, barre classes, traveling, listening to books on Audible and spending time with her family in Northern Wisconsin.

Kim’s book recommendation: Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High by Kerry Patterson

Bradley Hutter
MIG Commercial Real Estate

Brad grew up in Madison and attended the UW-Madison and Wake Forest School of Law. As MIG’s president, he brings many talents, interests and experiences to his day-to-day leadership of the company. An attorney who has held additional licenses in insurance and real estate in Wisconsin, Brad knows business from several different perspectives and is known for his open, honest and professional style. After accomplishing a buyout of prior ownership in 2012, Brad is the now the sole manager and owner of MIG.

Brad’s business leadership is shown in his commitment to several Madison-based company boards. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Downtown Madison Rotary Foundation, and on the boards of Gaming Informatics LLC, Food Concepts Inc. and Ideal Builders, Inc. He is a former Director of the Dane County Humane Society, and served as the Corporate Secretary and Corporate Treasurer of Inacom Information Systems – Madison (now Core BTS). Brad was also formerly a board member of Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation and the Foundation for Madison Public Schools. Among other initiatives, he co-founded American Sports Analysts, the Eagle-Vanguard Swim Fund, and the popular Madison Restaurant Bonfyre American Grille.

As befits his role in commercial real estate, Brad also works with local government and served, per appointment by the Mayor of Madison, on the East Washington Avenue BUILD Advisory Committee and the Todd Drive-Beltline Redevelopment District Committee. He also served as a Governing Board Member of the South Madison Redevelopment Fund. Under Brad’s leadership, MIG has successfully developed or redeveloped / renovated over one million square feet of commercial real estate in Greater Madison. These include notable and award winning projects such as Arbor Gate, the Central Beltline Design Center, The Inacom/Core BTS Building, Bonfyre, The State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections Administrative Offices, Food Concepts HQ, Lucigen, and Cornerstone Mall.

He is devoted to the greater Madison community, and is a member of numerous organizations including the Madison Downtown Rotary, Badger Fund Director’s Club, UW Memorial Union, and the State Bar Association. He was a Director for the United Way of Dane County Foundation and has held numerous trustee positions, including on the board of St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center Foundation. He accepted an invitation by the Alexandria, VA based United Way of America to sit on the 2003 – 2007 National Planned Giving Committee. In addition, Brad is a former Chairman of the United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society, served on the 2002 United Way Campaign Cabinet and continues his ongoing commitment to charity through MIG and work with participating agencies of the United Way of Dane County.

Brad enjoys spending time with his two young daughters, Lauren and Grace. He is a student of literature and history, loves to travel, participates in recreational sports and enjoys music performance with any number of instruments, most notably piano.

Brad’s Book Recommendation: The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist and Jack Canfield

Greg Rademacher
Buttonwood Partners, Inc.

Greg joined Buttonwood Partners, Inc. in July of 1997, and is a founding member of Sycamore Investment Consulting. Greg graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in Accounting and Finance and received his MBA concentrating in Accounting and Finance in 2001. Greg also has a Certified Financial Planner designation and a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter. He belongs to the Financial Planning Association as well as CFA Society of Madison. His volunteering efforts include serving on the board of the United Way Foundation, Wisconsin Planned Giving Council, treasurer of Mount Olive Church and coaching youth sports. Greg lives in Middleton with his wife and three children.

Greg’s Book Recommendation: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Jeff Tubbs
Findorff

Jeff is a Warhawk graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He worked at M&I Bank (n/k/a BMO) for 15 years as a Commercial Lender.  In 2001, Jeff joined Findorff as the Director of Business Development and was promoted to Vice President in 2007.

With more than 25 years of prospecting and client relations experience, Jeff’s focus is to cultivate strong working relationships with clients, prospects, and business partners. Throughout his career, Jeff has worked successfully with organizations across all markets, including commercial, healthcare, educational, retail, industrial, nonprofit and government sectors.

As Vice President, Jeff oversees all marketing and business development functions for Findorff. His extensive background in client maintenance and public relations is positively reflected in his many relationships forged with Findorff customers and colleagues.

In his free time, Jeff contributes his talents and expertise to many professional and civic organizations, including Board of Director commitments for St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation, Bank of Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie Education Foundation, Downtown Madison Inc and Mendota Gridiron Club. He also an active member of Downtown Rotary, AGC of Wisconsin and St. Albert of the Great Parish.

Jeff lives in Sun Prairie with his wife and has two grown children. He enjoys exercising, spending time with family and friends on the lake, and watching his favorite college teams play ball.

Jeff’s Book Recommendation: HUG your Customers by Jack Mitchell

Tim Valentyn 
First Business Bank 

Tim is a Senior Vice President at First Business Bank, Madison, WI. He has over 35 years of experience working with businesses and individuals throughout the state of Wisconsin, including serving as Chief Legal Officer at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, President and Managing Shareholder at Murphy Desmond, S.C., and President of a Wisconsin manufacturing company.  He is also known for his work representing coaches and professional athletes, most notably, Bo Ryan, Stan Van Gundy, Dick Bennett, Jim Leonhard and Brooks Bollinger.

Tim is actively involved in the community and has served on boards for several charitable organizations and businesses, including the American Family Children’s Hospital, Coaches vs. Cancer, Garding Against Cancer, M3 Insurance Solutions for Business and the Meriter Foundation.

Tim earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1982, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1977, graduating summa cum laude and earning the Outstanding Student in the School of Education Award. At UW-Eau Claire, he was a three-year starter on nationally ranked basketball teams and an Academic All American. He is a member of UW-Eau Claire’s Sports Hall of Fame and, in 1992, was honored with the school’s Outstanding Alumnus Award. MEMBER FDIC

Tim’s Book Recommendation: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight