Allan Klotsche

  • Executive-in-Residence

As an Executive-In-Residence at the Lubar School of Business, Allan Klotsche teaches in the Executive MBA program, mentors entrepreneurs and start-up organizations, and is a frequent lecturer on topics including strategy execution, accountability, change management and servant leadership.

Mr. Klotsche is the Principle of Eastern Vantage, where his focus is on investing in/acquiring industrial manufacturing companies.  As part of his work, Mr. Klotsche often serves in a consultative role to helping companies optimize their business performance and succession planning.

Mr. Klotsche has most recently served as the President & CEO of the Mayline Group, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of office furniture and seating, where he was brought in by the company’s private equity ownership to help improve business performance and prepare the company for sale.  After two years, Mr. Klotsche and his team returned the business to top-line growth, doubled the enterprise value and guided the business through a successful exit.

Prior to joining Mayline, Mr. Klotsche worked for 25 years at Brady Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial identification and safety products.  After a decade of sales and marketing roles with increasing responsibility in North America, Mr. Klotsche served as the President of Brady Asia for 10 years during which he and his team grew revenues from $50 million to $300 million, started 12 green-field operations, acquired 9 companies, and built an employee base of 2,500.  Mr. Klotsche finished his career at Brady as the Sr. Vice President for Human Resources.

Mr. Klotsche serves on the boards of Alpha Source, Boelter Companies, and Plymouth Tube.  He has started two non-profit organizations: The Brady Corporation Foundation in 1994 whose gifts now exceed $10 million, and Summit4water, a non-profit organization based in Tanzania which brings fresh water to rural communities and teaches them how to be self-sustaining in the future.

Mr. Klotsche earned both his undergraduate degree in Marketing and his Executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business.