Community Business Breakfasts
The Community Business Breakfast Series began with a local businessman seeking a place to gather to discuss relevant topics. This series provides local businesses, government officials, MBU faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to gain knowledge on current, relevant, and interesting topics in an inviting space. Additionally, it exposes MBU students to the surrounding business community. Come and enjoy a delicious buffet-style breakfast while you network with fellow business professionals from the Watertown community and surrounding areas. Each breakfast features a guest speaker, compelling topics, and a brief introduction to MBU. Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and the presentation starts at 7:30 a.m. Sponsorship opportunities exist for these events. Contact the MBU Development Office at 920.206.2325 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details. See below for more information and video links of previous breakfasts.
Upcoming Community Business Breakfasts
Brent Ridge – President and CEO, Dairyland Power Cooperative
Topic-“Safe and Sustainable Energy for the Future”
Brent Ridge joined Dairyland Power Cooperative as President and CEO on July 13, 2020.
Prior to Dairyland, Ridge served as Vice President, Corporate Services, and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Energy Northwest (Richland, Wash.). His responsibilities included finance, treasury, enterprise risk management, asset management, human resources, supply chain, information services and energy services and development. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Corporate Nuclear Safety Review Board for Columbia Generating Station.
Earlier in his career at Energy Northwest, Ridge served as Asset Manager, Controller and Chief Risk Officer. He was also the manager of Construction and Maintenance Services, responsible for power plant modifications, outage and online major maintenance, facilities and commercial engineering.
Ridge earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho and an MBA from Regis University (Denver, CO). He also completed the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at MIT, the Utility Executive Course at the University of Idaho and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.
Ridge has been involved in the communities where he’s lived. He is a member of the Chancellors Advisory Council for Washington State University. He is a past member of the Tri-City Development Council Board of Directors, March of Dimes Board, United Way Board and former Chairman of the Board of Columbia Industries.
Tom Allen, the Indiana football Head Coach, will be presenting on April 20th. More details to come soon!