Kurt R. Bauer became the fifth head of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) in 2011. Founded in 1911, WMC is the combined Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Manufacturers’ Association and the Wisconsin Safety Council. WMC represents 3,800 employers of all sizes and from every sector of the economy. Prior to joining WMC, Bauer spent 18 years working for financial industry trade groups, including serving as CEO for both the Wisconsin and Arizona Bankers Associations. Bauer is chair of the Council of State Manufacturers Associations and serves on the boards of the National Association of Manufacturers, and Council of State Chambers of Commerce. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee, and the University of Wisconsin System Business Advisory Council. Bauer is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.