Since its beginning in 1996, EMC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company, has given over $1,000,000 to local and area non-profits. Their philosophy is reflected in this quote from G. Donald Gale, who offers this insight to giving:
“A pessimist, they say, sees a glass of water as being half empty; an optimist sees the same glass as half-full. But a giving person sees a glass of water and starts looking for someone who might be thirsty.”
EMC Foundation Trustees
EMC Foundation Trustees Are: (on three-year staggered terms)
Diane Ballweg, President
Diane Ballweg is the president of the Endres Manufacturing Co. (EMC) Foundation, which helps direct $100,000 to nonprofits each year. She is also involved with 20 different boards and organizations around Madison, and she was a lead donor to The Stream, Edgewood College’s stunning new visual and theater arts center.
Gordy Acker, Vice President
Gordy Acker served in the Army Reserves for six years. Gordy worked 39 years at Endres Mfg. Company as a welder. During that time, Gordy volunteered on the Waunakee Fire Department for 29 years. Now, during his retirement, he is involved with the Waunakee Food Pantry, EMC Foundation Board, St. John Cemetery Committee. He loves watching his grandchildren’s soccer games and he enjoys traveling with his lovely wife Jean.
Mike Steinl, Treasurer
Mike graduated from the UW-Madison with a B.B.A. in Accounting and is a partner with Wegner CPAs. As a Partner in the firm’s Tax & Business Services Department he leads Wegner CPAs’ Manufacturing/Supply Chain practice group. With more than 25 years of experience in public accounting, he has worked with a broad cross-section of clients. He is involved with several community non-profits in his community of Waunakee.
Annie Ballweg, Secretary
Annie is the Secretary for the EMC Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree from UW-Madison and her Master’s of Education degree from Boston University. She was a high school guidance counselor in Boston and Malibu before moving back to her hometown of Madison. She is the founder and President of Train2Race, LLC which trains athletes for endurance athletic events. She is presently a board member of the Waunakee Public Library and the Young Leaders Board for the American Family Children’s Hospital. She is married to Sam Ballweg, President of EMC, and they live with their three children in Waunakee.
Cubby (Alan) Wolfe
Cubby retired from UBS Financial Services after being in the investment field for 46 years, but continues to use his skills in consulting and board work with Edgewood High School and the Dominican Sisters Investment Board, Queen of Peace Parish committees, and as a founding trustee of the EMC Foundation. He lives in Madison with his lifelong sweetheart, Elaine, and they dedicate their time to their three children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.