Project Description

Dan Lococo, PhD., Al Czajka, Kim Muench, Gene Wright

Lococo- Barrier Knocker Downer, Mainstreaming on Main Street, Inc.

Wright- Director of Graduate Management Programs and Instructor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering

Muench- Senior Director, Development, Alverno College

-Dan Lococo was given the title “Barrier Knocker Downer” by an organizational development professional and the label has stuck. He has made a career out of bringing people together to get things done. He has worked as a Project Manager, Finance Manager, Materials Manager, and Independent Consultant in nonprofit, for profit, educational, and governmental settings. He has also taught in community and college level environments. In addition to Dan’s consulting work with Affinity By Design, LLC, Dan also participates in a number of volunteer consulting, and mentoring programs in the Milwaukee Area. Dan is a member of the Board of Directors of Industries for the Blind, Inc. and Vision Forward Association. He also facilitates roundtable conversations for servant-leaders in the Milwaukee area. In recent years he has focused much of his time on the engagement of persons with disabilities in economic and community life. This work has both supplemented and complimented his academic studies. The topic of his Doctoral dissertation was “exploring the organizational environment supporting persons with disabilities in professional/skilled settings.”

Alan Czajka is native to Wisconsin, growing up in Milwaukee and currently living in Oak Creek. Alan is a proud husband and father to his son and daughter. He is a Service Department Manager at Pieper Electric, Inc. and a Master Electrician in the State of Wisconsin. Alan has 38 years of experience in the electrical industry. Alan shares his knowledge and experience of the electrical industry by working with and mentoring project management trainees and other department managers within Pieper Electric. Alan is an ongoing student of servant-leadership and has been a facilitator of servant-leadership Roundtables at Pieper Electric for four and a half years. He is dedicated to helping keep servant-leadership at the forefront of the company’s values, teaching those in his sessions that servant-leadership is not something forced, but something modeled, and a lifelong journey to be practiced daily. Alan believes and wants to instill the belief in others that it takes just one person with a passion for servant-leadership to start a roundtable and make an impact, positively influencing those around them.

Gene Wright is currently Director of Graduate Management Programs and Instructor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He has taught graduate courses in New Product Development Management, Innovation Management, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Marketing for over 25 years. Wright also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Lubar School of Business for 15 years, where he taught at the graduate level in business strategy, IT, Innovation Management and Marketing. He also has served as the Director of the UWM, Lubar Executive MBA Program. He has also worked as part of Interise for over 13 years. Interise is a Boston-based not-for-profit organization which works to scale small businesses, create jobs and develop local economies. He serves as a mentor and presenter for Pewaukee High School’s Insight Program. Wright was an owner and principal of Netconcepts LLC and Netconcepts LTD NZ which focused on integrated marketing strategy such as search engine optimized e-business consulting and delivered cloud-based services for integrated email marketing and e-commerce. Prior to forming his own firm, Wright was the Milwaukee Practice Director for BORN, a medium-size business consulting and information technology services provider. Additionally, he was the Director of Global e-Business at Brady Corporation, a manufacturer of Identification Products. Wright’s e-business strategy work has been documented in an MIT Case Study as well as by IBM. His previous responsibilities within the firm included Director of Research and Development, Manager of Product Development, National Sales Manager, and Manager of Engineering Services. Wright worked as the Manager of Sales and Marketing for Combined Technologies, Inc., a company he helped start. The company manufactured and sold high voltage systems protection equipment to electric utilities throughout North America. Prior to CT Inc., he worked with RTE Corporation as an Application Engineer, System Engineer and Market Manager. Both RTE and Combined Technologies are now part of EATON. Gene A. Wright has three US Patents, is a pioneer in online marketing (e-Business) and invented “Web-to-Workbench”, the world’s first website-to-custom manufacturing system as well as worked to develop hundreds of other innovative products, processes, and organizational innovations. Wright served as Mentor for the National Science Foundation iCorps grant for Engineered Red Blood Cells. A patent is pending on the RBC technology. A graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and holds degrees in Electrical Engineering Technology, Industrial Management and an MS in Engineering Management. He serves on the MSOE Corporation as well as the Alumni Board of Directors.

-Kim Muench is the Senior Director of Development at Alverno College where she has worked for the last 9 years in the Alumnae/Advancement department.
A graduate of Alverno College with a BS in early childhood education Kim was an elementary school teacher for 20 years before she moved into alumnae and development work at her alma mater. Kim continues to be a life longer learner of servant-leadership. She has facilitated the Southside round table discussion at Alverno for the past 4 years. She was introduced to servant-leadership while a student at Alverno and is committed to continuous growth of people.
She is past president and board member of the Friends of Art Board at the Milwaukee Art Museum, alumnae board member at Divine Savior Holy Angles High School and parish council member at St. Jude the Apostle Parish. She lives in Wauwatosa with her husband.