ACG Wisconsin Announces Outstanding Winners of Corporate Growth and Leadership Awards


The Association for Corporate Growth – Wisconsin Chapter (ACG Wisconsin) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 ACG Wisconsin Award for Outstanding Business Growth and the 2021 ACG Wisconsin Leadership Award.

• Northwestern Mutual was selected to receive the Outstanding Business Growth Award.
• Tim Hanley, Keyes Interim Dean of Business Administration, Marquette University, has been selected to receive the Leadership Award.
• ACG Wisconsin will celebrate the winners at a luncheon on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Outstanding Business Growth Award – Northwestern Mutual

Northwestern Mutual is a leader in the financial services industry. Founded in Wisconsin over 160 years ago, it is one of the world’s most admired FORTUNE 2021 companies and continues to demonstrate financial strength with total assets of $ 309 billion.

Northwestern Mutual had a monumental 2020, significantly exceeding the previous year’s revenue, total surplus, and total assets. During a time of uncertainty, they managed to achieve revenues of $ 31.1 billion and break records with $ 2 trillion in life insurance protection and $ 230 billion in client investments.

Their impressive list of accomplishments doesn’t stop there. They are an organization committed to giving back to the community through the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, which has donated more than $ 400 million since its inception in 1992. The Foundation’s efforts are nationally focused on childhood cancer cure; and locally about education, neighborhoods and making Milwaukee a great destination. In addition, they remain committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion through a new $ 100 million impact investment fund, announced in 2021.

Northwestern Mutual’s exceptional growth, resilience and commitment to their policy owners, team and community are among the reasons they were shortlisted for this year’s ACG Wisconsin Award for Outstanding Business Growth.

Leadership Award – Tim Hanley, Keyes Interim Dean of Business Administration, Marquette University

Tim Hanley is a seasoned global executive with extensive experience advising manufacturers on digital transformation, development and execution of organizational strategies, acquisitions and market development. Hanley led Deloitte’s global consumer and industrial products industry practice and helped make Deloitte’s largest practice with revenues of over $ 14 billion.

Hanley was recognized in 2012 as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Marquette University College of Business Administration. He has also served on the College Dean’s Council, the University President’s Advisory Council, and the Campaign Executive Committee. In October 2019, Marquette University appointed Hanley its first-ever Executive-in-Residence, a position created by Dean Joseph Daniels to strengthen the college’s engagement with the business community.

Hanley was appointed Keyes Interim Dean of Business Administration at Marquette University and began his work in March 2020 following the tragic death of former Keyes Dean Joe Daniels. Hanley has worked closely with Joe and continues his vision for the future of the College of Business Administration and the construction of the new Marquette home for Marquette Business. The new 100,000 square foot, $ 60 million facility is the largest fully funded construction project in Marquette history and will include collaborative classrooms, labs and study spaces as well as event space , a café and areas for programmatic centers of excellence. The building will anchor the Western Gateway to the heart of the urban Marquette campus, bringing together world-class faculty, students and industry leaders to create a talent pool for the region’s business community and advance economic development.
In addition to his many contributions to Marquette, Hanley is active on the boards of directors of several Milwaukee area nonprofits and is currently Chairman of the Board of Governors of Cristo High School. Rey Jesuit.

Tim’s distinguished career, unwavering leadership, and dedication to Marquette University and the Milwaukee community make Tim Hanley a well-deserving recipient of the ACG Wisconsin Leadership Award.

ACG Wisconsin to celebrate the winners on Friday, October 15 at 12:00 p.m.


About ACG Wisconsin
The Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) is a global community whose mission is to drive growth in the middle market. Founded in 1954, ACG has 59 chapters around the world representing 15,000 members. ACG serves 90,000 investors, owners, officers, lenders and advisors of growing mid-market companies.

The Wisconsin chapter of ACG is the premier network of more than 200 executives and professionals from businesses, private equity, finance and professional services. Our target members are executives of Wisconsin companies and private equity firms who have primary responsibility for business growth initiatives within their organizations. For more information, visit

About the Outstanding Business Growth and Leadership Awards
Since 1995, ACG Wisconsin has recognized large Wisconsin companies that exhibit sustained performance, strong culture and strategic excellence with the Outstanding Business Growth Award.

Last year, ACG Wisconsin presented a new Individual Leadership Award to recognize and honor a distinguished leader from Wisconsin, in addition to the Outstanding Business Growth Award.



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