Profile: Central Wisconsin Podcast

This podcast from Mid-State Technical College and the Portage County Business Council shares profiles of the entrepreneurs who make central Wisconsin such a great place to live and do business.

Hosted by Mid-State Stevens Point Campus Dean Ben Nusz and Portage County Business Council Executive Director Todd Kuckkahn, “Profile: Central Wisconsin” takes a deep dive into the origin stories of central Wisconsin’s local innovators and explores what the future holds for this vibrant community. New episodes are planned for release every two weeks.

On this week’s episode, Ben and Todd talk with Gautam Malik, Chief Operating Officer for Gamber-Johnson. Gautam takes us through how they began as a wood furniture manufacturer and after 30 years pivoted to manufacturing mounting equipment for electronics due to a request from a delivery driver. They’ll discuss how this nimble and dynamic company became a world leader in the field and how their unique management style fosters increased collaboration. Plus learn more about the new building and how the unusual “office” space ties into this distinct management philosophy.


Meet the Hosts

Benjamin Nusz is the Mid-State Technical College Stevens Point Campus dean. Prior to transitioning to his current role, Ben taught in Mid-State’s Renewable Energy Technician and HVAC programs for 12 years. He previously served as vice president on the board of directors for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and volunteers for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, Farmshed, and the Tomorrow River Community Charter Schools. Ben is also co-author of the book Solar Water Heating: A Comprehensive Guide to Solar Water and Space Heating Systems.




Todd Kuckkahn is the Executive Director of the Portage County Business Council. He has lived in central Wisconsin for over fifteen years and led the Council for nearly six. He takes great pride in the community, for all the incredible business and education opportunities available as well as the involvement and contributions of its citizens. Todd also has an entrepreneurial spirit that fits in well with the roll-up-your-sleeve work ethic so prevalent here in Portage County.