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James Haney, President and CEO, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce

A native of Amery, Wisconsin, Jim Haney has a background in both the public and private sectors. He was an aide to Wisconsin’s Governor Warren Knowles, and served as assistant to the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, and as Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue under Governor Lee Dreyfus.

With a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he practiced law and then served as Public Affairs Director of the Bergstrom Paper Company in Neenah. Jim was also District Manager of Public Affairs for Wisconsin Bell before he joined Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

In June of 1985, Jim became President of WMC, which is often referred to as “the state’s largest and most influential business and industrial organization, representing approximately 3,500 members statewide.”

Jim is a member of the Wisconsin PK-16 Council, Wisconsin Council on Workforce Investment, Project Lead the Way-Wisconsin Executive Council, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, Inc., Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board and the UW-Extension Board of Visitors. Jim also serves on the board of Kikkoman Foods, Inc., the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts and is past President of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Jim is also a past Chairman of the Conference of State Manufacturing Associations.


James Haney


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