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Todd Thiel speaks on "Innovation in Rural America" as part of the CEO Breakfast and Strategy Series at St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, January 7, 2010
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

Todd Thiel, who founded the McKinley Reserve to build creative companies that lead or re-shape industries and influence public policy, will present "Innovation in Rural America" as part of the CEO Breakfast and Strategy Series, held at F.K. Bemis International Center. This session is sponsored by Miron Construction and the CEO series is sponsored by Grant Thornton LLP and Insight Publications.

Thiel, president and CEO of McKinley Reserve, leads a group of successful private investment vehicles, affiliated firms and real estate development projects throughout the world. His focus is on placing capital into exclusive investments that create high economic, social and aesthetic value.

The McKinley Reserve is known for its work abroad and its innovation domestically. Thiel's firm was the first U.S. group to obtain rights of freehold ownership in the United Arab Emirates. Affiliated companies of the McKinley Reserve have won numerous awards and have been recognized as being among the fastest-growing companies in the US.

Thiel is best known publicly through his national news media exposure. His professional profiles and expert attribution on television (CNBC-TV) and radio (BizRadio), and within newspapers (Wall Street Journal), magazines (Forbes) and internet news sites (Fox News) have generated recognition among vast audiences. Thiel is sought after as a dynamic, innovative capitalist whose firm is leading trade, economic advancement and cross-cultural initiatives throughout the world.

Thiel is a native of Wisconsin and earned his master's degree in business administration from Marquette University and his bachelor's degree from St. Norbert College.

This is the 13th year that the college has provided this educational resource for area business professionals. All the presenters are outstanding business and community leaders who will share their unique strategies for meeting challenges facing American businesses today. The series is sponsored by Grant Thornton. LLP and Insight Publications.

The registration fee is $60 for an individual session. For more information or to register, contact St. Norbert College at (920) 403-3166 or e-mail, or go to the web site at

All sessions run from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., and take place at the Riverview Country Club, Appleton, Wis., or F.K. Bemis International Center, St. Norbert College.