Kurt Bauer is the President & CEO of the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. Founded in 1911, WMC is the combined Wisconsin State Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Manufacturers’ Association and the Wisconsin Safety Council. WMC represents 3,800 employers of all sizes and from every sector of the economy, and is referred to as “the state’s most powerful business and manufacturing group” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
WMC became the first organization to win both State Chamber of the Year (2020), presented by the National Association of State Chambers, and the Council of State Manufacturers Associations Leadership Award (2023).
Bauer has served on multiple state, regional and national committees, councils and boards and is currently a member of the National Association of State Chambers Board and a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee.
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) is the largest and most influential business association in the state, working to make Wisconsin the best place in the nation to do business. We are the state chamber of commerce, state manufacturers’ association and state safety council. WMC is also affiliated with WMC Foundation, which runs programs including the Future Wisconsin Project and Wisconsin Business World.