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Government Relations Council

The Government Relations Council charts the organization's course on all legislative matters.

What is the GRC?
FJI's Government Relations Council is a group of Forward Janesville members who chart the organization's course on all legislative matters. The GRC (and eventually the FJI Board of Directors) must approve each legislative position the organization takes. Additionally, the council drafts and approves FJI's state legislative agenda, aids in planning Rock County Day in Madison and the organization's annual trip to Washington, DC, and helps produce FJI's federal legislative agenda.

How does this benefit me and my business?
Each and every one of us must operate within Wisconsin's business, tax and regulatory climates. The GRC and Forward Janesville staff strive to make our business climate friendlier through the advancement of a pro-business agenda at City Hall, at the Rock County Courthouse, at the Wisconsin State Capitol, and in Washington, DC. The issues the GRC considers run the gamut from transportation to health care and everything in between.

Who should join?
Forward Janesville Members with an interest in government and a desire to learn more about it should consider joining the Government Relations Council. This is a great committee for those looking to make a difference in the organization and its future.

When does the group meet?
The GRC holds monthly meetings (which take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 12pm), and occasionally takes on various tasks and projects between meetings. The nature of our work is often progressive in that we track issues for months - sometimes years - at a time. Therefore, we suggest that members attend meetings regularly to stay up to speed.

How can I join the Council?
Interested Forward Janesville members should complete a GRC membership application and submit it to Angela Pakes. The Council will consider any completed applications at the next regular GRC meeting. An affirmative vote of two-thirds vote of council members is required for admission to the council.

Contact Angela Pakes at (608) 757-3160.

2023-2024 Government Relations Council

Seth Frisbee - Chair
TRICOR Insurance

Todd Needham - Vice Chair

Jennifer Johns - Secretary

Dave Holterman - Past Chair
First Community Bank

Mark Hasting - Advocacy Subcommittee Chair
Blain Supply, Inc.

Jennie Krajeck - Governance Subcommittee Chair
Lamar Outdoor Advertising

David Farrell
N1 Critical Technologies, Inc.

John Gackstetter
ABC Supply Co., Inc.

Steven Genin

Rich Gruber

Kathy Hansen
KANDU Industries

Luke Jaynes
United Alloy

Jeff Knier
Alliant Energy

Kim Lantta
Blackhawk Bank

Mark Lorenz
Johnson Financial Group

Rick Nelson

Curt Parish
FJ Individual Investor & Chairman Emeritus

Rick Richard
R&D Worldwide, Inc.

Dave Riemer
Harris Ace Hardware

Adam Shultz
Coldwell Banker Commercial McGuire Mears & Associates

Tom Wolfe
FJ Individual Investor