William E. Read

Bill Read is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of the Wag-Aero Group, Aero Fabricators, Inc., and Leading Edge Air Foils, LLC, which are three international companies engaged in manufacturing and distribution of general aviation aircraft parts.

Prior to his acquisition of these companies, Bill spent 15 years with Bank One, Wisconsin (formerly Marine Bank), ultimately serving as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, with strategic responsibility for all banking activities and oversight responsibility for 2,600 employees throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Bill began his banking career with Continental Illinois National Bank in 1977, with responsibilities in middle market commercial lending, corporate strategic planning and capital markets.

He holds a master’s of business administration degree in finance and international business and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Read currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ixonia Bancshares, Inc. and the Board of Directors of Ixonia Bank. He also serves as a director of William K. Walthers, Inc. He previously served as a director of Dunsirn Industries, Inc.; First Business Bank-Milwaukee; and TYME Corporation. He is a past Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a current member of the World Presidents Organization and the Chief Executive Organization. He serves or has served on the boards of the Greater Milwaukee Committee; Children’s Hospital Foundation; Milwaukee County Boy Scouts of America; United Performing Arts Fund; Junior Achievement of Wisconsin; Metropolitan Milwaukee Area Chamber; North Marine Group; and Monterey Mills, Inc.

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Lakeview Equity Partners, LLC, is a Milwaukee based private equity fund that focuses on investments in traditional, Midwest-based, middle market companies. Lakeview Equity's mission is to identify and invest in strong, well-managed companies to help them achieve continued growth and profitability and support ownership change, including ownership opportunities for managers and employees. The firm's principals have more than a century of collective experience as successful entrepreneurs, chief executive officers and investors.


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