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Shelly Stayer named chairwoman of Johnsonville LLC

Friday, February 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: David Schuyler, Milwaukee Business Journal
Johnsonville LLC said Thursday that Shelly Stayer, the wife and co-owner of the Sheboygan Falls sausage company, will take over as board chair of the business, succeeding husband Ralph C. Stayer.

As chairwoman, Shelly Stayer will lead the company's board of director's and growth strategy. She becomes just the third person in the firm's 74 years in business to serve in the role, following co-founder Ralph F. Stayer and his son, Ralph C. Stayer.

"Shelly has been my confidant and advisor for the last 25 years, making an impact at Johnsonville in many capacities – from innovation and board leadership, to member and product development, and making our work environment an exciting and attractive place to learn and grow," said Ralph Stayer, who will remain as a board member according to a press release. "She is as dedicated to our 1,800 members (employees) as I have been and I have great confidence in her ability to lead our board and growth moving forward."

During her two decades at Johnsonville, Shelly Stayer is credited with leading several new product introductions, most recently a branded mustard line and the indoor Sizzling Sausage Grill small appliance. She also led Johnsonville's multi-year marketing sponsorship efforts with the Tailgate Village at Lambeau Field starting in 2017 and the Milwaukee Brewers sponsorship that began last year that included the Famous Racing Sausages.

"As Johnsonville enters its 75th year of business, Ralph and I are so very proud of all that our members – past and present – have given to this wonderful organization," said Shelly Stayer. "Now that we look to the next 75 years, maintaining our unique culture and family-owned status will continue to be important."

Beyond Johnsonville, Shelly Stayer has been an active entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. She's served as a board member with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, and also with Edgewood College and Marian University. Her board experience also includes service on the boards of Artis-Naples, Shelter for Abused Women & Children, and the Golisano Children's Museum in Naples, Fla. She also recently founded the Reilly's Ranch of Recovery, a working equine farm and addiction ranch in Eden, Wis., for women rebuilding their lives after drug or alcohol addiction.

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