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Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

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Keynote Address: Dave Skogen, Chairman of the Board, Festival Foods

Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Networking Reception 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Dinner/Keynote 5:45pm - 8:00pm

This event is an opportunity for our top students to professionally network with top business leaders, and for the business community to learn more about the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business.

Attendance at the dinner and keynote speaker is by invitation only.

About Dave Skogen

Dave Skogen has been in the grocery business for six decades.

Growing up, he was an athlete and had visions of one day being a coach. Today, he coaches and teaches in a supermarket instead of an athletic field.

In 1989, while owning Skogen’s IGA stores, Dave was named ‘IGA Retailer of the Year’.

One year later, in 1990, the first Festival Foods store opened. The Skogen family currently operates 20 Festival Foods stores and has over 5,000 employees throughout Wisconsin.

In 2005, Dave was named ‘Wisconsin Grocer of the Year’.

Dave and his wife, Barb, were named ‘Outstanding Philanthropists’ in 2007 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Upper Mississippi Valley Chapter for their community involvement.

Dave and Barb have been married for over 50 years. They have two children – Mark, who is the President and CEO of the company, and Sue, who is a stay-at-home mother. They are the grandparents of four lovely grandchildren.

In 2013, Dave wrote a book called Boomerang! Leadership Principles that Bring the Customer Back.