Kim L. Kindschi
Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
University of Wisconsin - Extension
As executive director of the University of Wisconsin Extension's Division of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Kim is responsible for fostering effective, broad-based relationships throughout the state between the UW Extension/UW System and governmental entities, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and the business community. He is directly involved in planning, coordinating and implementing a wide variety of strategic initiatives that strengthen and enhance the economic climate in the state. In addition, Kim is actively involved in articulating and promoting programs that utilize the vast resources of the University of Wisconsin System to support statewide economic growth and development.
Kim has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the financial serves industry, at both the state and national levels, in the areas of administration, advocacy, education, management and strategic planning. In addition to his work on numerous economic development initiatives, he currently provides a variety of consultative services to organizations and their boards regarding issues they face in an increasingly competitive environment.
His expertise includes more than 30 years of professional teaching experience, including serving as an instructor for the U. S. Treasury Department's Bank Training Institute in Prague, in the Czech Republic. He also chaired Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship Advisory Council which developed high school curricula for the financial services industry, and has been a frequent speaker at various state regional and national banking programs.
Prior to his current position, Kim was the executive vice president of Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation and executive vice president of the Wisconsin Bankers Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Economics Wisconsin, Community Health Charities of Wisconsin; the Advisory Boards of the Partnership for Wisconsin's Economic Success, Small Business Development Centers, Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network and Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation. Kim also serves on the Wisconsin International Trade Council,the Wisconsin Technology Council and the Governor's Council on Workforce Investment.