40 Under 40: The 2014 Class
40 emerging business stars prove that youth — at least in their cases — is not wasted on the young.
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Matt Cranney, 33
Director of Client Services, M3 Insurance, Inc.
Scotland native Matt Cranney attended college in Liverpool, but he’s now fully immersed in this region. A Leadership Greater Madison alumnus, he serves on the leadership development team for Blackhawk Church and the golf committee for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He’s also the president of ASCnet and the director of the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin. A self-proclaimed “IKEA flat-pack Jedi,” Cranney says his guilty pleasure is putting together furniture: “I get a huge kick out of it; I find it really therapeutic.” He most enjoys spending time with his family, though he also loves to read autobiographies of great leaders and routinely works out.
When he was 20, Cranney moved to the U.S. to get married, taking a single suitcase with him. “The feeling of having to completely reestablish yourself personally and professionally is a daunting one,” Cranney admits — but he says he’s happy, and his addition to IB’s 40 Under 40 list proves the move was good for his career, too.
Benjamin Dreyer, 33
Owner, melt, LLC
In 2005, 24-year-old Benjamin Dreyer moved to Madison from Florida after a career as a professional track-and-field athlete. He’d won two NCAA national championships in the 400-meter dash and was a 10-time All-American in three events. Dreyer lived and trained at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in California, receiving full funding from the U.S. Olympic Committee. Then he trained at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando and competed internationally as part of the U.S. national team. Now, as a fitness studio owner, he aspires to improve preventive health care options by bridging the communication gap between personal trainers and traditional health care providers.
This St. Norbert College graduate and member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame likes to play guitar and piano to entertain his family, but his guilty pleasure is jamming: “I have some pretty mean Rock Band chops,” he says, noting that he welcomes challengers. He also likes rowing, hiking, Ultimate Frisbee, and cycling.
Lisa DuChateau, 31
Communications Coordinator, Middleton Chamber of Commerce
Lisa DuChateau skied collegiately for UW-Madison, helping the Badgers make it to the nationals for the first time. After graduation, she volunteered for AmeriCorps VISTA, working for Habitat for Humanity in Myrtle Beach, S.C. While there, she brought together 12 churches to build a home for a deserving family. Though she worked in faith relations, she soon learned how to frame a house, shingle a roof, and hang drywall — great preparation for a later volunteer stint building houses for Hurricane Katrina victims in Mississippi.
Her future dream job would be organizing volunteers for a nonprofit organization benefiting youth, and she’s currently doing her part as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. One of her favorite pastimes is watching March Madness, and she also enjoys running, cycling, triathlons, volleyball, testing new recipes, and volunteer commitments.
Matt Duffy, 39
COO, The QTI Group
In addition to serving on the Dane County Junior Achievement board, Matt Duffy has served on the boards of MAGNET and the Financial Development Committee for the Red Cross. He’s also involved with Food for Kidz and coaches youth sports. He’s tenacious, too. After failing to make UW-Oshkosh’s volleyball team, he “practiced the sport religiously” and sought out pointers from other players. He played volleyball on recreational teams and completed a summer training regimen. The next fall, he made the team and was named a starter for a team that won a Division II national championship.
His long-term goals include helping QTI build more brand awareness in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley areas and writing a book about the staffing industry. He loves reading history books, sailing, and surfing, which he learned while living in Cape Cod. Duffy still manages to ride the waves every year.
Luke A. Fuszard, 32
Strategic Sales Manager, Castlight Health
Holding dual master’s degrees from Harvard, Luke Fuszard is a board member of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Alumni Association. He’s also a member of the Internal Economic Development Council and Middleton’s Community Development Authority, and is the Madison chapter director of the New Leaders Council. Fuszard’s most fulfilling professional accomplishment was organizing an investigative hearing as policy analyst for Wisconsin’s Joint Economic Committee on the excessive pricing of orphan drugs. A resulting USA Today front-page article publicized the plight of 200,000-plus consumers.
A former Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. staffer, Fuszard says his ultimate dream job would be state cabinet secretary. His guilty pleasure is professional wrestling. “I own copies of every WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and SummerSlam ever held.” He jokes that he’s likely the only person in the world who subscribes to both the Harvard Business Review and Pro Wrestling Illustrated. This Green Bay Packers shareholder also enjoys hunting and fishing.