Gateway Capital’s Dana Guthrie Named 2023 Milwaukee Powerbroker 

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino CEO Dominic Ortiz, Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson and Milwaukee World Festival president Sarah Smith Pancheri are among the executives who are new to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2023 Power Brokers list.

Check out the slideshow below to see the 100 Milwaukee-area power brokers who are many of the key movers and shakers in southeastern Wisconsin’s business community.

Our annual lists of executives to watch, as they are on their way to becoming power brokers, and a list of 10 young professionals who are already power brokers in the southeastern Wisconsin business community will be revealed at 10 a.m. Thursday.

We unveiled the list of top 25 Milwaukee-area power brokers on Tuesday. You can see those executives in the slideshow below.

What is a power broker? They are the people who others turn to when they need to get something done, whether it’s a business deal, community project or raising money for a great cause.

We put together this list each year, with input from our reporters and editors, along with many suggestions from Milwaukee Business Journal readers in answer to a call for suggestions that I put out in October. There were some obvious choices again this year, such as Mary Ellen Stanek of Baird, Kevin Newell of Royal Capital Group and Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum president Peter Feigin.

Other new executives on the list this year include Ellen Gilligan, CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation; Darryl Morin, president of Advanced Wireless Inc.; and Dr. Julie Schuller, CEO of Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers.

There are some executives who are not on the list this year after making it in 2021, many for the reason of retiring or because they no longer hold the same job. In addition, we wanted to widen the pool of executives on the list as we know there are a lot of power brokers in our region. There were many hard choices and some deserving executives had to be left off the list.

Meet the Milwaukee area’s top 25 power brokers


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