40 Under 40: The 2013 Class
Honoring Some of Dane County's Most Promising Young Execs
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Nathan J. Wautier, 38
Shareholder/Attorney, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, S.C.
Spouse/Partner: Alexa Paliwal Wautier
Considering that his practice is focused on real estate development, business, and investments, it’s interesting that Nathan Wautier’s undergrad thesis was about the contemporary interaction between science and religion as illustrated by the Catholic Church’s response to the AIDS epidemic – but it’s not surprising that the Peace Corps volunteer (Guatemala) graduated cum laude with a J.D. degree.
The son of a community activist (mother Beverly) and dairy farmer (father Joseph), in 2001, Wautier assisted in a land-titling project along the Texas/Mexico border “to recover land of first generation Mexican-Americans who had been defrauded.” He now volunteers for Downtown Rotary’s foreign exchange program and is on the boards of Friends of the Overture Center for the Arts and DMI, along with related organizations. His personal aspiration is to make a positive impact in the community.
When not lawyering or volunteering, Wautier is a year-round bicycle commuter who enjoys spending time with his two young sons, travel, outdoor activities, and following Badger basketball.
Luke Whitburn, 38
Vice President of Operations, Drake & Company Staffing Specialists
Spouse/Partner: Alicia Whitburn
Luke Whitburn has volunteered for The West Side Coalition on Aging since 1990, and he’s also active in SHRM-Madison and related HR industry organizations. He would like to emulate Bob Dunn because of “the commitment that he brings to his work, respect for process, patience, and flexibility.”
What makes him unique is his commitment to forestry, having built a cabin on 80 acres in the Ottawa National Forest in Upper Michigan, where Boy Scout troops earn conservation badges. Oh yes, and he’s been to the White House for Christmas.
Professional achievements include being named in the Canon One Million group and earning the Randstad Leader of Growth Award, Manpower 3 Million Dollar Club/Powerball Award, and Wisconsin Physician Services Insurance Corp.’s “Leadership Beyond Management” honor.
Whitburn’s next goal is to have “personal equity in a business where I can contribute to the growth of the Madison area.”
Dan White, 32
CEO, Filament Games
Dan White has a long list of involvements, including Greenpeace, Merlin Mentors, the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, the National Science Teachers Association, the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group, the National Science Foundation (panelist), the MATC Animation Program (advisory board), and Games for Change (advisory board).
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was an early client. White created a game about the U.S. Constitution, and the results were “outstanding – the first official validation of our mission, and therefore my greatest professional accomplishment.” Today, Filament has grown to 40 employees with over 50 learning games to its credit.
Future plans are to focus on client projects that will influence the greatest number of students, like one now underway with the top learning scientists at MIT.
To relax, White plays league tennis and basketball, does “praying mantis kung fu,” camps (Hoofers Outing Club), rock climbs, and notes that, as a new dad, “making faces at my son is my new favorite hobby.”
Mark Wilson, 31
CEO, TermSync, Inc.
A CPA, Mark Wilson is a member of the Financial Executives International and treasurer for his condo association, but he most enjoys working with the Madison start-up community, lecturing, and helping companies find high-tech talent.
The sale of Jellyfish to Microsoft, with co-members, was a great achievement. More recently, TermSync doubled its staff size in 2012. It’s on target to repeat that in 2013 and has completed a financing round. “I believe everyone should work in a start up at least once in their life,” Wilson says. “There is nothing more exhilarating.”
The Diet Dew aficionado (he admits he drinks too much of it) also loves his Badgers and Brewers, and is renewing an interest in personal fitness. However, three nieces and a nephew own Wilson’s heart.
Brian Wiegand has earned Wilson’s gratitude for being “a huge help to my career,” and Wilson respects him “for his ability to inspire people and build a strong culture.”
Matt Younkle, 39
Co-Founder/CEO, Murfie, Inc.
Matt Younkle admires Thomas Edison “for his creativity and work ethic,” Warren Buffett “for earning a ton and giving it all away,” and Joe Boucher, Neider & Boucher, S.C., “a mentor to me since I was a student … living proof that doing well and doing good are not at odds.”
Younkle’s business is “the corner record store in the cloud,” and he enjoys building a great music collection and sailing (both racing and cruising). He also likes mentoring for groups Gener8tor, VictorSpark, and Merlin Mentors.
In addition, Younkle makes time to serve on the city of Madison’s Economic Development Committee, Madison Development Corp.’s board of directors, and the UW-Madison Electrical & Computer Engineering Visiting Committee. He’s also co-founder and co-producer of the Forward Technology Festival.
Younkle’s greatest achievement is “inventing, building, and marketing a product that’s in use throughout the world. I think the most rewarding thing for an engineer is to see one’s product in widespread use.”
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