"Bud Selig, the former commissioner of Major League Baseball and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will keynote the Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference in May, which is expected to draw the largest crowd in its four-year history.
Selig is a Milwaukee native who maintains a residence in Bayside and offices downtown. He served as commissioner of baseball from 1998 through 2014 and acting commissioner from 1992 to 1998.
The conference, regarded as the premier gathering of the veteran business community, will take place May 23 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and is being presented by the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce. The conference will include a veteran business expo featuring more than 150 veteran-owned and veteran-friendly businesses."
Allan H. (Bud) Selig is the Commissioner Emeritus of Baseball and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A native of Milwaukee, Selig served in the U.S. Army for two years following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1956. Selig is credited with keeping baseball in Milwaukee after he purchased the Seattle Pilots and relocated the team to Milwaukee, renaming the team the Milwaukee Brewers.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York on July 30, 2017. In addition to a long list of awards, honors, and recognitions from a wide variety of nonprofit and civic organizations, Selig was awarded the U.S. Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award in April 2015 for supporting soldiers, veterans, and their families through his work in Major League Baseball.
“Commissioner Emeritus Selig is a prime example of the impact veterans have had and continue to make to our state,” said Saul Newton, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce. “His leadership, vision, integrity and commitment to this state demonstrate how veterans and military families are assets to our economy, our workplaces, and our communities.“
The state of Wisconsin has committed to tackling this challenge head on. As one of the first initiatives of his administration, Governor Tony Evers has announced a partnership between the state of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce to designate Wisconsin as a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hire Our Heroes Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone. This is the first such designation in the country focusing on spouses of National Guard and Reserve component service members. The designation, a collaboration between the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce and the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, brings together employers and business leaders to commit to hiring military spouses in Wisconsin.
Veteran artists performed or displayed their original work, with an emphasis on how the arts have improved their lives. Whether they were a professional artist or someone who found a creative expression as a hobby, the recognition continues to create a platform for veteran to connect with each other and the general public.
The emcee of this year’s event was Carole Caine, and included appearances by Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, Wisconsin Secretary of Veterans Affairs Mary Kolar, and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.
The 3rd Annual Veterans Light Up the Arts will take place on Friday, March 8th at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Veterans Light Up the Arts is presented by the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Feast of Crispian, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater.