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10 young professional power brokers and 10 execs to watch: Slideshow

Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry and Rockwell Automation's Patricia Contreras, director-global community relations and contributions, are among the executives named to the Milwaukee Business Journal's 2019 young professional power brokers list. Check out the attached slideshow to see the 10 young professionals on the first-time list, along with 10 Milwaukee-area business executives who are on their way to becoming power brokers.

Among those on the executives to watch list are new Wisconsin Center District CEO Marty Brooks, Good Karma Brands CEO Craig Karmazin, who recently purchased WTMJ-AM (620), and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County president Amy Lindner.

The two news lists are in addition to the 100 Milwaukee-area power brokers that we have revealed this week. 

All of the executives on our lists will be featured in our Dec. 7 issue where we will provide more information on why they are considered power brokers.

What is a power broker? These 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, 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 September. 

We know there will be some in the community who either believe they should be on this list or that we missed someone who is their "power person." Please send me an email at or contact me on Twitter at @markkassmbj. We are especially looking for professionals under the age of 40 who we can also consider for our 2019 40 Under 40 program.

Someone on this list could also be our 2018 Executive of the Year. In fact, we are currently taking nominations for an executive in our region who has had a tremendous 2018 both with their company and in the community. We encourage you to submit a nomination here, or by sending me an email.

Mark Kass
Milwaukee Business Journal

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