Directors Institute Names Walter Winding Private Company Director of the Year
Foley & Lardner LLP is pleased to announce the recipient of its second annual National Directors Institute (NDI) Private Company Director of the Year award as Walter Winding, owner and president of Winding & Company.The award program was created in 2013 to acknowledge exceptional public and private company directors who have exhibited demonstrable leadership in the boardroom resulting in a significant impact on the level of corporate governance and performance at their company. Currently in its 13th year, NDI is one of the nationâs oldest and most preeminent practical symposiums focused on boardroom governance.
Winding formed his business consulting practice more than two decades ago after holding several executive positions including CEO, president and executive vice president. He is currently director of 15 privately held companies in the Midwest, with revenues ranging from $10 million to more than $1 billion per year. Among others, Winding serves on the boards of Among others, Winding serves on the boards of Palermo Villa, First Supply Group, Everett Smith Group, Novum Structures, Town Bank, Velocity Machining, Alliance Industries, Sheboygan Paint Company, Winsert, Inc., Brewer Co., Liturgical Publications Inc., Reinders, Inc., RCS Innovations, Boelter Companies, Great Lakes Roofing Corp., Drillmaster Tool, Nelson Container Corp., Midway Industrial Supply Co., Cousins Subs and Spring Valley, Inc. He also serves on the board of a community bank and three non-profit institutions. Winding has deep experience in corporate governance, succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, interim management, operations management, management development and developing boards of directors and advisory boards for privately held organizations. Recent examples include helping a board of directors through a government intervention over hiring issues and alleged illegal employees, leading a board through its oversight of a federal investigation of an alleged Buy American Act violation and coordinating an exit resolution strategy for two founders.
âI am humbled, honored and grateful to be named the National Directors Instituteâs 2014 Private Company Director of the Year. Excellent corporate governance is an absolute necessity in todayâs business environment and directors must continually promote a high degree of ethics and integrity in our day-to-day business relationships,â said Winding. âAll corporate directors should be laser focused on adopting best practices, adopting appropriate policies and procedures, continually evaluating the effectiveness of the management team and providing the necessary changes and critical oversight to fully represent the best interests of our shareholders.â