Heads Impressive Group of Wisconsin Business Leaders From a Variety of Economic Sectors

[Waukesha County, Wisc…] Common Sense Wisconsin is determined to get Wisconsin working again. Today the organization announced the formation of their Policy Advisory Board, which will help shape the non-profit’s policy agenda. Chairing the committee will be Bill McCoshen, former Executive Director of Competitive Wisconsin, business and government affairs executive, and co-owner of the Janesville Jets NAHL Hockey Team.

“Bill McCoshen is a proven leader who knows how to make state agencies work,” said Common Sense Wisconsin Executive Director Joe Handrick. “His roots in Northern Wisconsin, his experience in the Thompson Administration and his vast knowledge of state government make him a tremendous asset to help lead our newly-formed organization.”

Handrick said he’s excited to partner with McCoshen. “He helped develop the Be Bold Wisconsin strategic economic development and workforce development plans as Executive Director of Competitive Wisconsin and now he’s helping lead this new organization as we look to restore the Wisconsin we know and love.”

Advisory Board members join in their personal capacity and not as representatives of their employers or other entities with which they are affiliated. Yet their experience and connections to communities throughout the state will elevate Common Sense Wisconsin and help propel its agenda to the forefront of public debate.

“When Joe and I set out to build the policy advisory board, we were not searching for figureheads who merely looked impressive on paper,” said McCoshen. “Rather, we wanted to turn to people with real-world experience in a variety of fields, who could share their insight and perspectives to help us get Wisconsin working again.”

Joining McCoshen on the Common Sense Wisconsin Advisory Board are:

  • Mark Cullen, chairman of the 5th-generation, family-owned, JP Cullen construction firm in Janesville.
  • Tom Diehl, legendary Wisconsin Dells business owner and tourism advocate.
  • Peter Farrow, CEO/General Manager, Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire.
  • Rose Fernandez, a Mukwonago small business owner and advocate for parental choice in education and online charter schools; a former pediatric trauma nurse and former candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • Tom Hefty, former chairman and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin.
  • Pete Hellend, Managing Partner, Stand Rock Hospitality, operators of several properties, including the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells.
  • John Torinus, Chairman of Serigraph Inc. in West Bend and a former Milwaukee Sentinel business editor.
  • George Mitchell, former Wall Street Journal reporter, State Budget officer and School Choice advocate.
  • Cris Petersen, dairy farmer and author from Grantsburg;  a leader in the dairy industry and member of the UW Board of Regents.
  • Jim Peterson, Vice President of James Peterson Sons, a fifth-generation infrastructure construction company in Medford that has called Wisconsin home since the 1930s.

“Our goal is to produce a bold, conservative policy agenda that will restore Wisconsin and put us on a path to becoming the top state in the nation,” said McCoshen. “Wisconsinites. want results, not excuses. They want, and deserve, elected officials who address the concerns they discuss at their dinner table every day. They want lower taxes, fair and predictable regulations, great schools, safe roads and bridges, safe neighborhoods, access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, clean air and water, and fair and consistent elections.”

Stay tuned.

CS Wisconsin, Inc. launched Common Sense Wisconsin earlier this Spring to be a platform for advancing policy ideas to increase the efficacy and responsiveness of Wisconsin government. To contribute, or to find additional information, visit www.CommonSenseWisconsin.com or see us on social media @CSWisconsin.