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Allan Klotsche

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Allan Klotsche is the President of National Business Furniture, a nation-wide, multi-channel office furniture dealer. Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, NBF has multiple offices and distribution centers throughout the United States providing space planning, furniture and sales support to businesses, healthcare systems, schools, government agencies and home offices.

Prior to joining National Business Furniture, Allan served as the President & CEO of the Mayline Group, a Wisconsinbased manufacturer of office furniture and seating. Allan was brought in by Mayline’s private equity ownership to help improve business performance and prepare the company for sale. After two years, Allan 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, Allan worked for 25 years at Brady Corporation (NYSE: BRC), a manufacturer of industrial identification and safety products. After a decade of sales and marketing roles with increasing responsibility in North America, Allan shifted his focus to growing Brady’s international business. Allan 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. Allan finished his career at Brady as the Sr. Vice President for Human Resources, a role in which he developed and implemented talent development systems, built scalability through a global shared service model, improved the Company’s focus on diversity and served on the Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees.

Allan serves as an investor/board member for Alpha Source, a private equity backed provider of field and depot-based service for a wide variety of medical devices. Allan also serves on the board of Plymouth Tube, a family-owned manufacturer of steel tubing and engineered steel parts.

Allan is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where he earned an undergraduate degree in Marketing and later returned to receive his Executive Masters in Business Administration. Allan currently serves as an Executive-In-Residence at the Lubar School of Business where he 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.

One of Allan’s strong passions is philanthropy as evidenced by his start up of two nonprofit 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 more importantly teaches them how to be selfsustaining in the future. Allan is married to his wife Mary and has two adult sons.

Jackie Fredrick

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Jacquelyn Fredrick became the fourth President and CEO of BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the BloodCenter Research Institute on December 1, 2001 and the first President and CEO of Versiti, Inc. in January 2012. Ms. Fredrick retired from these two positions in early February 2017. Ms. Fredrick led an internationally respected transfusion medicine organization that supplies blood products to Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan hospitals and provides blood services and donor testing nationally to other organizations in need. Versiti and BloodCenter provide diagnostic, esoteric reference laboratory services to hospitals nationwide and transfusion and hematology-related medical services and consultation to hospitals nationally, including the Comprehensive Center for Bleeding Disorders, a bleeding and clotting disorder treatment center. Its Blood Research Institute is among the world’s premier blood research organizations focused on vascular biology and also performs research in cancer immunology, stem cell biology and transfusion medicine and transplantation. The organizations provide transplant services and products for transplantation including stem cells and bone marrow, and organ and tissue recovery services for transplantation.

Versiti is a non-profit health care holding company responsible for supporting affiliate blood centers, including BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Heartland Blood Centers, IL, Michigan Blood, MI, and Indiana Blood Center, IN, and provides diverse services and products focused on blood related disease, transplantation and transfusion medicine.

At the National American Red Cross, Ms. Fredrick last served as Senior Vice President of Biomedical Services and Chief Operating Officer of the ARC Donor Enterprise Unit. Prior to that, she served as Interim Executive Vice President for Biomedical Services and as Chief Operating Officer for Blood Services. She had management oversight for $2 billion in revenue, 15,000 employees and service to 3,000 hospitals. Ms. Fredrick oversaw field operations supporting the collection of 6 million volunteer blood donations and distribution of 18 million blood products. She was responsible for establishing a new organizational unit, the National Testing Laboratories, to focus on testing blood products for half of the nation’s blood supply.

Ms. Fredrick is Past President of the AABB, an international professional organization for transfusion medicine and cellular therapies, served as Chairman of the Board for the Blood Centers of America, Inc. and served on the America’s Blood Centers Board of Directors. She also serves on the boards Froedtert Health System as Vice Chair, M3 Insurance, and Alverno College and was formally on the Board of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. She is past Chair and serves as Vice Chair on the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) Research Foundation Board, served as Immediate Past Chairman of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Foundation Board, and serves on the UWM Dean’s Lubar School of Business Advisory Board. She is a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Rotary Club of Milwaukee.

Ms. Fredrick was appointed as Chairman of the Advisory Committee for Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health for a three year term (2018-2020).

Ms. Fredrick received an honorary Doctorate of Business and Public Health and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has a BS degree in Medical Technology form the University of Wisconsin Madison and national certification as a Specialist in Blood Banking.